Southwestern Barbecued Pork & Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Serves: 12 sliders
  • For Pork Burgers:
  • 1½ lbs. ground pork
  • 8 finely ground gingersnap cookies
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. dried minced onions
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. coarse ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling onto patties
  • 1 Tbl. barbecue sauce (added to meat mixture)
  • ⅓ - ½ cup barbecue sauce (for basting)
  • Rest of Ingredients:
  • 6 American cheese slices, torn into fourths
  • 6 slices crisp-cooked bacon slices torn into fourths
  • small pieces or shredded lettuce
  • very thinly sliced tomato
  • very thinly sliced red or yellow onion
  • my Garlic Dill or Bread 'n Butter Pickles or Cowboy Candy slices
  • more barbecue sauce (and mayo or Miracle Whip if you like) for buns
  • 12 slider rolls, toasted on the insides
  1. For the Pork Burgers: In large bowl, mix all ingredients until just combined but well mixed. Form into 12 equally-sized patties and place onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with more coarse ground pepper, cover with another sheet of waxed paper and pop into the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. In large frying pan, add 2 - 3 Tbl. canola or vegetable oil and get hot. Turn down to medium-low heat and add half (6) of the patties to the pan peppered side down. Sprinkle tops lightly with more pepper. Fry patties over medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes *per side* until very deep golden browned and caramelized on the outside. When almost done, top each with a spoonful of barbecue sauce and spread to cover tops with back of spoon. When done, remove patties to a baking sheet and top each with 2 pieces of cheese overlapping. Cook rest of patties, (rinse out pan if needed, wipe clean, and repeat until all are cooked).*Don't forget to re-add oil! Or they will stick, even to a non-stick pan. Keep first batch warm in a low oven (200ยบ F) while frying the rest.
  3. When all are cooked, remove them from the oven and turn oven to broil. Butter or spray insides of slider rolls and broil until toasted, watching so they don't burn.
  4. To Assemble: Spread bottom buns with a little barbecue sauce, or mayo if you prefer, then to each add lettuce, a barbecued pork cheeseburger, 2 bacon pieces, tomato, onion, and a slice or two of my "Cowboy Candy" for heat if you like, or top with a few dill or sweet pickles. Spread inside of top buns with more barbecue sauce, place tops on each, and enjoy!
Recipe by Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen at