Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hubby Approved Dinner... Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

Since Zumba was cancelled tonight because of yesterday's snow storm (have I mentioned how much I dislike the snow and how much I am over it... is it spring yet??) I had time to actually cook for the hubby since we were both home together again tonight.  I had made this recipe a while back and from what I had remembered M and I both really enjoyed it, so I decided to give it another shot.  I originally found this recipe on Pinterest and from looking back it looks like it originally came from Pioneer Woman.  I adapted the recipe a little bit since I was only cooking for two plus made it a bit spicier since M and I LOVE spicy food!  And then since I was feeling a bit like a blogger tonight I decided that I was going to document every step of the process so that I could share it with the blogging world!

So here goes....

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

1 lb. ground beef
Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 large onion, diced
1/4 cup Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I used Rufus Tegus Blazin' Hot BBQ sauce)
Generous portion of jarred jalapeno slices (I think I used about 20 or so slices)

1. Form the meat into mini patties (I made 8) and salt and pepper them on both sides.

2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties until just about done in the middle, approximately 4-5 minutes per side.

3. Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside.
4. Throw the diced onions in the skillet and stir to cook, about 3 minutes.

5. Pour in the whiskey and stir.  Allow the whiskey to reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes.

6. Stir in the jalapenos and bbq sauce

7. Reduce the heat to low and place the patties in the bbq sauce, turning to coat.

8. Allow the patties to simmer in the sauce over medium-low heat, about 4 minutes per side
9. Place the patties on individual buns and spoon the extra sauce on top!
10. Enjoy!!

As always, another edition of what I am thankful for.  Today I am thankful that my mother passed on the ability to cook to me.  I know that some people "cook" by microwaving stuff or throwing premade stuff in the oven.  I am not knocking that doing that works for some people, but I am thankful that my mom showed me around the kitchen so that I can take the time to make homemade meals.  Cooking is something fun that relaxes me and I am thankful that I know how to do it.  I am by no means a master chef, but I can make a pretty delicious dinner when I want to.  Sure I have some dinners that turn out to be complete flops... but who doesn't??  So thanks Mom for teaching me my way around the kitchen!


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