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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brown Sugar Bacon Sliders

So things have been a little hectic around here with Hurricane Irene churning in the Caribbean right now. I'm so bummed because we had a bachelorette party weekend planned for Holden Beach, NC for this weekend and now it looks like that may need to be rescheduled. The last place I want to be is in an ocean front beach house during a Cat 3 hurricane, no thanks.
Its still a little too early to tell though where exactly it is going to make land fall....closer to the NC/SC border, only NC, only SC, or stay off into the Atlantic. Although since the storm would be close to 200 miles wide by the time it makes landfall, its hard to imagine how we wouldn't feels some effects from it.

Anyway, I had some ground beef that I wanted to use up and I want to try making sliders for the first time instead of the usual burger patty. I came up with the idea of making a hickory BBQ sauce and brown sugar bacon sliders, and oh my god these were so good! Caramelizing the brown sugar on top of the bacon pieces under the broiler gave the bacon this amazing sweet and savory combination. I watched this video on how to make perfectly shaped sliders, a really good idea!!

Ingredients (Yielded 6 sliders)
-1/2lb ground beef
-3 tablespoons Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ sauce (I used KC Masterpiece)
-1 tablespoon brown sugar + 1 teaspoon
-1/2 bag Hormel Real Bacon Pieces
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-6 King's Hawaiian mini rolls
-2 slices Colby and Monterrey Jack Cheese, sliced into small squares

1. Place the bacon pieces on foil on a baking sheet and cover with the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Place under broiler for 5 minutes.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef with the BBQ sauce and stir. Next add in the bacon pieces and stir until they are all incorporated. Add the salt and the remaining teaspoon of brown sugar.
3. Following this instructional video, line 6 muffin tins with liners and place about 2 tablespoons of the ground beef mixture in each. I then stuck my hand in a large Zip Lock bag and pressed the mixture in firmly to make sure it was packed in.
4. With your frying pan heated over medium-high heat (no Pam or oil!) place the sliders in, cook 4 minutes each side, flipping only once. Serve on toasted King's Hawaiian buns and top with the small slices of Colby Jack cheese.

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