I’m sure that most of you guys out there would agree that there is just something about a BBQ Burger, Western Bacon Cheeseburger, or whatever you want to call it. The combination of a perfectly grilled burger with cheese, bacon, onion rings, and bbq sauce simply equates to one heaping pile of messy happiness.
Unfortunately, because of it’s popularity, the burger has become one of those “obligatory burgers” on just about any menu that is offering meat on a bun, with most establishments failing to produce a unique or quality heaping pile of messy happiness.
However, while foraging through the toxic restaurant wasteland that is central Wyoming, Liz and I stumbled upon a new burger joint that goes by the the name of Wyoming Burger Company. Refreshingly the restaurant offers beef, bison, and lamb burgers from locally raised meat (unheard of around here). Though the menu has many of the standard selections, the Koltiska stood out to me.
WBC’s version of a Western Bacon Cheeseburger, the Koltiska spices things up with the Cowboy State’s very own whiskey liqueur and the addition of a peach bbq sauce. The burger fit all of this glutton’s requirements for deliciousness. So much so that I developed our own gluttonous recreation that is detailed in the following recipe. Basically it’s everything you could want in a Western Bacon Cheeseburger, with an enhanced summer feel from the chunky peach bbq sauce.
Note: If you don’t have all the ingredients for the bbq sauce you could substitute in a homemade or store bought bbq sauce to mix with the peaches. However, you’ll most likely need to adjust the bbq sauce quantity used so that the peaches are not overwhelmed.
The Necessities for the Sauce:*
- 4 ripe peaches
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 ½ tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 shots Koltiska whiskey liqueur 90 proof (or bourbon)
- Pinch of cinnamon
*Makes enough sauce for about 4 burgers.
- Homemade burgers
- Onion rings (2 onion rings per burger, plus more to serve as a side)
- Buns (if desired, toasted)
- Bacon (2 strips of bacon per burger)
- Shredded cheese
- Toss your bacon into a greased large skillet over medium heat…doesn’t Amish bacon look weird?
- Cook bacon until desire level of doneness has been achieved (we prefer ours slightly chewy). Remove bacon from pan and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Pour roughly half of the bacon fat out of the pan, keeping the reminder in for the peach bbq sauce.
- Wash and remove the pits from peaches.
- Hack up the peaches into large chunks.
- Time to get the party started by adding the peaches to the large frying pan with the remaining bacon grease. Cook the peaches over medium heat, stirring regularly.
- After about 10 minutes, add the Koltiska whiskey (or your substitute). Continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so, allowing the alcohol to burn off.
- While the peaches are cooking whisk together the tomato sauce, cider vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
- While the peaches are still slightly firm, add the homemade bbq sauce to the frying pan. Reduce heat, stir regularly, and continue to cook for around 20 minutes.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon at the end to give the sauce a little kick. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Bake or deep fry your onion rings as directed on the packaging they rolled into town in.
- When the onion rings are done occupying the oven cooking, adjust oven temperature to 400 degrees, then pre-heat a griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and if necessary spray with a non-stick spray.
- Burger time, so toss your homemade burgers onto the griddle. Cook the burgers for about minutes, then give them a quarter turn to create those all too important grill marks.
- After another 2 minutes flip your burgers, douse with a shredded cheese, and transfer the griddle to the oven.
- Cook the burgers until desired doneness has been reached, using a meat thermometer to check internal temp. 130-135 for medium rare is the standard in the Glutton House.
- Create your very own Peach Western Bacon Cheeseburger by stacking all the fixing between your toasted or untoasted buns and enjoy with a side of onion rings.
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