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Inside Out Honey Whiskey BBQ Bacon Cheese Burgers topped with Mac and Cheese

Makes two 1/2 lb burgersĀ 

Ingredients

For the burgers:

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 1/2 lb ground brisket
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 brioche buns buttered and toasted
  • 1 cup macaroni and cheese
  • Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce recipe below
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

For the Honey Whiskey BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste depending on how thick you want the sauce
  • 3/4 cup Whiskey I use Maker's Mark or Jack Daniels
  • salt/black pepper

Instructions

For the burgers:

  • Cook bacon on both sides in a skillet until partial cooked, not crisp.
  • Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Chop bacon into pieces and set aside.
  • Form two 1/2 lb burger patties using 60% chuck and 40% brisket.
  • Make a well in the center of patties and add bacon pieces.
  • Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
  • Mold the burger meat to cover the cheese and bacon.
  • Brush both burgers with some Honey Whiskey BBQ Sauce and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place on a heated grill and cook to desired temp.
  • Remove from grill, let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place burger patty on a split toasted brioche bun, top with a heaping mound of macaroni and cheese, a healthy drizzle of warm BBQ sauce, and the top bun.
  • Serve immediately with lots of napkins and enjoy!

For the Honey Whiskey BBQ Sauce:

  • Add onions, garlic, and whiskey to a pot over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes until onions have softened.
  • Meanwhile mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
  • Add mixture to the pot with the onions, stir, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce into a strainer inside of a large bowl.
  • Remove and discard the onions and garlic.
  • Serve warm and refrigerate the leftover sauce.