Friday, May 9, 2014

Smoky BBQ Riburger on Cheesy Garlic Bread

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Some people collect coins. Some collect stamps. Some collect seashells. Me? I collect recipes. It's a bad, bad addiction. I have recipes in my online bookmark folder, on my Pinterest boards, in my recipe binder, on my refrigerator. They're seriously everywhere.
I had this recipe sitting around for a while, but it's one I knew I wasn't going to let fall by the wayside like the rest of them. Chris wouldn't have that either. We saw this sandwich being made on Food Network, and I immediately bookmarked it. And I'm SO so glad I did. I think the cheesy bread is my favorite part (obviously), but the tangy BBQ sauce that the riburger is coated in is just amazing. Especially when it gets a little charred while grilling. Top your sandwich with a refreshing dill pickle, and you've got yourself a meal. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Makes 4 sandwiches

BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups regular BBQ sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp.Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Ground Pork BBQ Riburger:
  • 2 lbs. ground pork
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
Garlic Bread:
  • 1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • One 32-inch French loaf, split and halved
  • 3 cups grated fresh mozzarella
  • Dill pickles, sliced on the bias or to your liking, for garnish
For the sauce: Add the BBQ sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and red pepper flakes to a small pot over medium heat. Simmer uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.

For the burgers: Meanwhile, preheat the grill top to medium-high to high heat.

Form the ground pork into long and rectangular patties that fit the shape of the bread, keeping in mind that there will be 2 patties per half of bread. Sprinkle the exterior with salt and pepper and place on a hot grill top for 3 minutes. Flip and cook another 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and baste generously with the BBQ sauce. Flip and continue cooking for a couple more minutes, continuously flipping and basting the burgers.

For the bread: Place the rack in the middle of the oven and set the oven to broil. Mix the melted butter with the garlic and brush on the cut sides of the bread. Top with the cheese and place under the broiler just until the edges are lightly crisped, about 2 minutes.

For the sandwich build: After your garlic bread is done, place 2 burgers on each bottom half of bread. Top with some pickles and the top half of the garlic bread. Slice each portion in half, yielding 4 sandwiches. Serve with the remaining BBQ sauce on the side.

Source: Adapted from Food Network

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