With me being a “Burger Queen” (appointed and crowned by my hubby!), and the love my hubby and I both have for burgers, I decided to try my hand at entering the Bud & Burgers Championships contest this year!
The whole thing sounded so exciting and a LOT of fun! And quite a pile of loot at stake, to boot! It’s a “winner takes all” contest, and the lucky dog goes home with $100,000.00! Wow, eh??!!!
Uhm, yea, worth trying for!! Especially since burgers are one of my specialties! 😉
I tried to enter one of my burgers that I’m very proud of, my “3-Part Harmony Burger“, but it kept saying, “this photo has already been entered”. Hmmm. 😉 Contacting them about it got me nowhere, so I decided to just come up with yet another one. And NOT share my photo/blog with anyone until the contest was over. (Obviously cheating was abound and someone thought that right-clicking on someone else’s property suddenly made it theirs.) Tsk, tsk.
I don’t want to sound like “sour grape jelly”, so, moving on.
I decided to really go for it, and create yet another crazy concoction! The summer had just started, and I was ready to just have a blast with this! I figured that I would not get chosen, as every Tom, Dick and Shelby would be entering for that kind of big $$$$, but I knew that it would push me to create something fun that my hubby and I would enjoy at the very least. And that was all that mattered.
I decided to go with something that I still have a love for even after eating these sandwiches every single day throughout my whole entire childhood. (My mom was a working single parent, and we couldn’t afford much.)
Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches to the rescue. Always. 😀
But I gave the whole concept quite a bit of a SERIOUS makeover! 😉
I started off with some hot, sweet, salty, smokey, “soon-to-be-candied” bacon all ready for a quick trip under the boiler! 😀
I love black cherries, and believe it or not, black cherry preserves pair extremely well with onions cooked down, with a tiny bit of butter and a little beer, until they become ever so sweet together!
This sweet onion jam won my heart instantly!
I know, I am SO, SO SORRY about this next photo, all! I know it hurts your eyes! I didn’t have enough light and didn’t use my tripod, so major “camera shake” going on! 🙁
But just look at the beautiful grill marks that I got! It was such a pretty burger!!!
Heartbreaking that none of those photos turned out. Lesson learned. 😉
I thought hard about what kind of cheese I wanted to go with. Smokey gouda? Fontina? White cheddar? Brie??
I finally decided upon a nice, creamy-rich, velvety-smooth and easy-melting havarti….
…. I could not have chosen a better cheese for this.
I only melted the cheese most of the way, as I wanted to broil a second time after adding the other toppings! 😉
After topping and a second quick trip under the broiler for a minute longer, the cheese melted lusciously, and the black cherry onion jam and the candied bacon got a brief sizzling!
Just look at all that ooey gooey cheese dripping down….makes you swoon doesn’t it?
Repeat after me…
“Don’t lick the screen. Don’t lick the screen. Don’t lick t”……darnit.
….And then I got brave and did something that I was afraid….might be a bit – – weird. I added the tomato!
And Oh. My. GAWD. As strange as it might sound, it actually MADE the burger, in that, all of the ingredients suddenly came together as if they were just plain meant to be together!!
I can tell you this. I get bored easily with burgers. That’s why I’m constantly playing and creating new ones. There are VERY few that I say….damn, I want another one of those!
Once I make one, I’m usually kinda done with it. Like a “been there done that moving on” kind of thing, if you get what I mean. There are just too many things to experiment with and play with, that, I don’t like to repeat things that I’ve already made.
But this one….yea, it was just that good! 😉 😀
Sadly, this masterpiece wasn’t even chosen to compete! My burger fell through the grates…er… cracks completely. I think Budweiser missed out. What do you think? 😉
*UPDATE: Here is a link to the winning recipe.
(The burger worthy of winning $100,000.00.)
And a link to the contest finals. Oopsie!
Better luck to Bud and the contestants next year!
(Events like this are NOT easy to plan, predict and execute!)
I feel bad for ALL involved, and kinda glad I wasn’t chosen….kinda. 😉
Maybe next year!! 😉
*Don’t be afraid of the ingredient list!! Ingredients are repeated and used throughout, so there aren’t that many, actually. 😉 Enjoy!! 😀
For the Spicy Peanut Butter Aioli:
For the Black Cherry Onion Jam:
For the Spicy Sweet Candied Bacon:
For the Spicy Nutter Butter Burger:
Rest of Ingredients: