I recently was sent some bacon by a company right here in Alabama called Bill-E’s Small Batch Bacon. It’s artisanal bacon that apparently songwriters have serenaded to.
When I received it, I had to sample it, of course, and because this bacon is so superior I had to make something superior.
This burger exceeded my expectations.
This was beyond what I even set out to do. One thing led to another, and before I knew it I was making a bacon jalapeno tequila jam. I also made a homemade pretzel bun for this burger and melted lovely fontina cheese on top.
Fresh tomato and fresh Italian parsley rounded this badass burger out.
I can’t really describe to you just how delicious this is. I actually had all kinds of plans for this bacon when I received it, but none of the ideas really blew me away. I tried a couple, and I wasn’t impressed at all. So, I went with the advice of a close friend that said, “Do what you do best”.
I should have thought of that to begin with.
Here’s the thing. Apparently, I’m a burger girl. I have 30+ original burger recipes, most documented on this blog, and I had the fantastic opportunity to compete last year in the burger division at World Food Championships. I absolutely LOVE coming up with new ways to transform the typical burger into something really special.
Now…let’s talk about this bacon.
It’s not regular grocery store bacon.
This stuff is thick, fragrant, and the marbling is so perfect.
This is my bacon jalapeno tequila jam. I can’t tell you exactly how I came up with this concoction – but it was spectacular.
The tequila gave this a slight edge, but wasn’t overwhelming at all. The maple aspect, the bacon, tequila…it all meshed together perfectly.
I added mayo to this burger mixture, because it makes it extra moist. Don’t be afraid of it; the burger itself won’t have a mayonnaise taste.
Go here to check out Bill-E’s Bacon.
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