Spring is here, the sun is creeping through stronger and stronger, and like us, we’re sure most of you have had the BBQ out at least once already.
But how do you take your BBQ food to the next level? And if you start experimenting with marinades, sauces, even different meats, how do you pair your drinks effectively. We’re not saying you need to go mad thinking about your beverage selection, but getting it right just makes it all taste better.
The beauty of a good cider is how it prepares the palette for each new bite. With a light and refreshing taste, cider can really hold its own alongside big, bold flavours like BBQ’d meats. In this edition we’re going to talk specifically about the all-mighty BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger.
The reason it works so well with cider is simple. The fresh apple notes of a good cider balance the savoury smoke from the grill, saltiness of the bacon and richness of the cheese.
Getting the burger right is critical though, so we’re going to tell you exactly how to do it when you’re pairing with a medium or dry cider.
150g steak mince
½ tablespoon paprika
½ tablespoon garlic powder
½ tablespoon dried parsley
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
6 rashes of streaky bacon
60g of your chosen cheese (we like a mix of cheddar and stilton)
1 bun (brioche or sesame seed)
Large slices of tomato
Combine the steak mince, garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper, and paprika.
Brush a ramekin with barbecue sauce. Lay the bacon in the ramekin, cover the inside leaving lots of bacon hanging over the sides.
Add half the beef on top of the bacon. Press the beef evenly into the ramekin.
Place some of the cheese over the top of the beef.
Add the remaining beef on top of the cheese and pat to flatten. Pull the ends of the bacon over the top of the beef to seal it in and brush some barbecue sauce over the top.
Allow it to set for one hour before cooking at room temperature.
BBQ for approximately 20 minutes. (Be sure your BBQ isn’t too hot or you will just burn the bacon!)
Toast the bun briefly on the BBQ then build your burger with the lettuce and tomato.
For more food pairing ideas checkout our guide to pairing food with cider.