Cowboy Pork Burger
- In a medium bowl combine pork, jalapeno peppers, 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce, and seasoning rub. Shape mixture into six patties slightly larger than the muffins. Cover and chill for 30 minutes to 24 hours.
- Cut onion into 1/2-inch-thick slices; coat with balsamic vinegar and oil, keeping rings intact.
- Brush both sides of patties with oil; lightly season with salt.
- For a charcoal or gas grill, grill burgers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F,** turning once halfway through grilling. Top burgers with cheese during the last 30 seconds of grilling. Grill onion slices directly over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly charred and tender, turning once halfway through grilling. In a bowl toss onions, separating rings. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Place burgers on English muffin bottoms. If desired, top each patty with some of the remaining barbecue sauce. Add some of the grilled onions and two pieces of Country Fried Bacon to each. Add muffin tops.
From the Test Kitchen
Because hot chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and warm water.
The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef, veal, lamb, or pork patty cooked to 165 degrees F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.
Country Fried Bacon
- In a shallow dish combine flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Combine buttermilk and milk in a second shallow dish.
- Cut bacon in half crosswise; separate slices. Working with one piece at a time, coat bacon in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Coat with buttermilk mixture; coat in flour mixture again, adding additional flour, if needed.
- Line a baking sheet with paper towels. In a Dutch oven heat 1-1/2 inches oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Fry bacon in batches about 4 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning once halfway through cooking. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
From the Test Kitchen
To make 1/2 cup sour milk, place 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1/2 cup liquid; stir. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.
Nutrition Facts (Cowboy Pork Burger)
- Per serving:
- 713 kcal ,
- 40 g fat
- (14 g sat. fat ,
- 4 g polyunsaturated fat ,
- 17 g monounsaturated fat ),
- 108 mg chol. ,
- 1328 mg sodium ,
- 54 g carb. ,
- 3 g fiber ,
- 14 g sugar ,
- 34 g pro.