Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BBQ Bacon Sliders

It’s that time of year… Football season! I’m excited for a different reason than you might expect. To be perfectly honest, I could care less about the actual football games(I know, GASP). haha I am more excited about the entertaining / social aspect of it! Go figure. Me, social? No… [hello sarcasm]

Anyhow, you’d think that my hubby having played baseball his whole life, even into the minor leagues would be the typical sports-obsessed husband. Nope. Not a bit. Altough he enjoys a good game as much as the next guy, his world isn’t turned upsidedown if he misses it. No rearranging schedules to be home in front of the tv before kickoff. We actually watch more HGTV than ESPN in our houshold (thank the good Lord for that one!). He’s a keeper. I know. ;)

Anyhow, none-the-less, I am actually pumped for football season! Why? Because a football game is the perfect excuse to throw a shin-dig… one filled with dips, wings, sliders, and more. I am an appetizer /finger food fanatic! So a meal on finger food munchies? COUNT. ME. IN.  Plus, challenge me to a game of Football Squares and I am magically interested in the score… ;)

I made these BBQ Bacon Sliders for labor day, but they would be PERFECT for game day as well! Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Cheddar Cheese and BBQ? HELLO beautiful. I was inspired by P-Dubs’s latest Food Network Episode where she added cream into the meat. Um, the addition of cream method was just begging to be tested out… FABULOUS addition I must say. Two thumbs up Ree! Go make these for your next game day – you won’t be sorry!

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BBQ Bacon Sliders

Yield: 12 Sliders

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

For ease on game day: Patty the sliders up earlier in the day, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. You can also crisp up your bacon up and saute your onions ahead (just reheat the onions in a skillet prior to using).

Ingredients:

For the Onions:
2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Sliders:
1.5 pounds ground beef (I used 85/15)
1/4 cups half and half
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup BBQ sauce of choice
1 tablespoon vinegar
12 slider buns
6 slices of cheddar cheese, quartered (24 squares)
8 slices of crispy cooked bacon, cut into thirds (24 pieces)

Directions:

For the Onions:
Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, salt, and pepper. Saute onions for a good 20-30 minutes. Allow them to really break down and have the natural sugars come out. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to use.

For the Sliders:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350°ish). Place ground beef, half and half, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, and black pepper into a large bowl and mix until just combined (don't over work). I like to use my (washed) hands to get it all combined. Use a 1/4 cup measure of meat and form into a patty, making an indentation with your thumb in the center. Repeat with remaining ground beef; should make 12 sliders.

Whisk together BBQ sauce and vinegar (to thin it out a touch). Place sliders onto the grill and close lid. Cook for 3 1/2 minutes. Flip, baste cooked side with BBQ, close lid and cook for another 3 minutes or so. Flip again, baste with BBQ sauce and add 2 quarters of cheddar to each patty. Close lid for another minute. Remove from grill.

Serve on slider buns with a scoop on sauteed onions, and 2 of the bacon pieces. Add additional BBQ Sauce (or BBQ Ranch would be fabulous!). Serve hot!

Inspired by: The Pioneer Woman

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34 Responses to “BBQ Bacon Sliders”

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    natalie (the sweets life) — September 7, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    we made sliders over the weekend too! (recipes not up yet but asian turkey & mushroom goat cheese)…i’m loving the sound of sliders with BACON though! trying these next time :)

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

      oo those sound TASTY! i LOVE goat cheese! I’ll check them out when you put your post up! :)

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    RhodeyGirl — September 7, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    I’m just like you- I love football season for the food & entertaining!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

      :) good i’m not the only one!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 7, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Bacon, onions, beef all on a bun – could not really get much better! This is the reason I love to have a Super Bowl party every year! Don’t even think I watch 2 minutes of the game, but not have the party? Never!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

      haha! So true!

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — September 7, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    I’m begging you…can I please come over for dinner!! I think I could easily put away 4 of these

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:49 am

      come on over :)

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    Pam — September 7, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    I am so incredibly happy I didn’t give you any of the non-used items. Whew!! I do have to tell you that I absolutely cannot live without my toaster oven, well, it’s really a little convection oven. It is so easy to throw things into the little oven than crank up the big oven. And…my salad spinner. Oh my! I would be so sad if it went away. I eat salad at least once a day and love my salad spinner. Much love, girlie! Love to Mikie too!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:50 am

      haha :) We did not use our toaster oven at. all. Funny how everyone differs! I love to use the convection cook on my regular oven…

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    Tina@flourtrader — September 7, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    This really is a savory way to use ground beef. They may be
    little sliders, but very big on taste. Great post!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:50 am

      thanks tina!

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    Jessica — September 7, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    These sound absolutely amazing Tina! What a perfect end of Summer dinner!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:50 am

      Girl, you know summer never really fully ends down here ;)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 7, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    These sound great to eat during a game, or really, whenever!!

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — September 7, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Hot damn, Tina! These look wonderful! And cream in the meat? H-O-L-Y F-R-E-A-K! That sounds awesome.

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      haha you’re hilarious :)

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — September 8, 2011 @ 1:52 am

    I am coming to your house for all the football games! These look great- drooling!!!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      Come on!

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    Sandra — September 8, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    That is a mighty fine plate! Kudos to you for the recipe and the presentation.

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      thanks Sandra

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    The Cafe Dietitian — September 8, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Nice combination of flavors!

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    Fran {The Flavorful Fork} — September 8, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Oh would my daughter love these! She would eat cheeseburgers every day if she could.

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      i could too… if they didn’t go straight to my thighs haha

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    LizAndrsn — September 8, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    Pssst! You know that sauce in the can of Chipotle’s in Adobo? Mix that with regular ol’ Ketchup. Go as hot as you dare. It will change how you make ground beef recipes — burgers, meatloaf, yummmmmm!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 10:52 am

      love Adobo. I love using it on Chicken too :)

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    Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen — September 9, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    You had me at bacon….

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    Megan — September 9, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    These are on my menu for Sunday. We are big football fans here and I love to cook up a good feast for the game. GO BEARS!

    • Kristina replied: — September 9th, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

      oh good! Hope you enjoy!! :)

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    emily — September 9, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    Oh, friend, these look AMAZING. I’m in love already. Also, totally LOVE those waffle fries. Aren’t they the best?

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 10, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    OH yeah….I need one of these right now! So perfect for football tailgating! Yum! :)

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    Carol — September 10, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    These look great! I just want to know what the fries are. My fiance is the potato king, and I know he would tear these up.

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    Laura — October 19, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    I literally just got done making these and I couldn’t wait to tell you that they are freaking amazing! definitely going to be making these again!

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