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Bacon Marmalade

Let me just say I am absolutely obsessed with finding and/or making the best burger. I used to run a lot of races and believe it or not, burgers were my pre-race meal (night before). While others eat pasta and carb load, I always ate a burger. Although I haven’t been able to run in over a year, I still eat a burger at least once a week and am always trying to find the best combinations. This week I have been dreaming of running again and that set my mind up to make an awesome burger tonight.

Today I wanted to try my hand at a burger topped with bacon marmalade, pimento cheese and jalapeños. Hubby of course grilled the burgers and I made the bacon marmalade. One of my favorite appetizers is bacon marmalade, pimento cheese, fresh bread and a couple of drops of hot sauce…so had to try it on a burger.

1 lb sugar cured bacon

1 red onion

1/4 cup brown sugar

Kosher salt

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

For my recipe I cut 1 lb of sugar cured bacon from M&T Meats (my favorite butcher around) into about 3/4 inch pieces. I cooked the bacon until it was crispy and drained on a paper towel.

I poured out all the bacon grease except for about 1 tbsp. I quartered one red onion and sliced into thin slices. Next I sautéd the onion in the bacon fat.

Once the onions were soft, I added about 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Add bacon back into the mixture. I quickly pulsed the mixture in the food processor about 7-8 times until I had the desired texture.

I hope you enjoy the bacon marmalade as much as we did.

XOXO

-S

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