Word has it Sioux Falls loves their shotgun shells, but not the kind you stock up on for your typical pheasant and duck hunt.

The kind of shotgun shells Sioux Falls craves you're not going to be able to find at places like Gary's, Scheels, Fleet Farm, or any other gun, or sporting goods store.

However, I can tell you these shotgun shells are just as deadly when cooked up on your favorite smoker.

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If you haven't been blown away yet by a home-cooked shotgun shell, you don't know what you're missing. My advice, you better put this on your to-do list if you haven't tucked away your Traeger for the winter.

So, what are the components needed to make a shotgun shell you can eat?

Well, you definitely won't be using primer, gunpowder, wad, and shot. You'll be replacing all of that, with ingredients like manicotti shells, ground beef, cheese, your favorite seasonings, and slices of bacon for a wrap-around, and don't forget to top off this culinary treat with some tasty BBQ sauce for the ultimate dining experience.

After you've stuffed and wrapped your shells with all your favorite goodies, make sure to let them sit in the fridge for about six hours. Once that's done, it's time for your favorite smoker to take over.

Focus your aim on preheating your pellet grill. 250°F is recommended. Just be careful not to get it too hot. Then place the shotgun shells on your grill and let them smoke for roughly one hour to 90 minutes. Eventually, you'll want to notch up the temp on your smoker to 350°F to crisp up your bacon wrap.

When they're close to being done, spread a little BBQ glaze on top and place your shells back on the grill for another 10 minutes or so to let that sauce set. Then stack and serve and be prepared to be blown away!

Shotgun Shells

I'm told you don't need a smoker to make these tasty treats, they can also be prepared right in your oven or your air fryer. Just hit up the internet for a recipe that provides you with the proper time and temperature guidelines for preparation.

There you have it, Sioux Falls, a simple, tasty barbecue treat to try the next time your Big Green Egg screams your name.

Here Are 13 of Your Favorite Fried Foods

Some foods need a fryer, others should never go near one. Forget baking. We are so obsessed with eating deep-fat fried foods. And every time you turn around, there's another menu filled with most of the items that have bathed in a hot-boiling fat vat.

There seems to be no end to what a deep fat fryer can cook. And we prove it every day with our love of crispy, greasy, burnt-tongue, salty foods.

I won't argue that an order of onion rings or sweet potato fries is the best marriage partner to a burger. Especially when they are made from scratch. So, pile them high.

What are some other delights that need the fryer?


Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants Within 90 Minutes of Sioux Falls

Veer off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. Just by driving a few miles, you could find some delicious hidden gems.

From steaks to seafood, chislic to chicken, these are out-of-the-way unexpected finds that will make your taste buds tingle.

Here's a list of 14 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.