Dr. Pepper BBQ Bacon Burger

Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 large yellow onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup ketchup

3 tablespoons tomato paste

One 12-ounce can Dr. Pepper

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons ancho or New Mexican chili powder

1 teaspoon fine-ground white pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Sauté the onion and garlic in the butter until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the flavors have blended. Continue cooking until the sauce begins to thicken, 20 to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper if desired. Remember, the ribs will have plenty of spice rub on them, so don't overseason the sauce.

2. Let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes or until it is warm but no longer "boiling" hot. Puree with an immersion or traditional blender-this will make the sauce thicker. Let cool. The sauce will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

BBQ Bacon Burger

1.5 oz. mayonnaise

2 ea. pickles

1/5 diced red onions

1 ea. 8 oz. burger patty

0.1 oz. preferred seasoning

1 oz. bacon crumbles

2 sl. sliced American cheese

2 sl. applewood smoked bacon slices

1.5 oz. BBQ sauce

1 ea. bun (poppy)

1. Toast bun.

2. Cook bacon strips until cooked throughout and crispy.

3. Grill burger patty; season and cook to preferred doneness.

4. Dress bun with mayo, add pickles & red onions.

5. Place bacon crumbles on top of cooked burger patty. Add sliced American cheese on top on bacon crumbles. Place two slices of bacon on top of cheese. Pour BBQ sauce over top of bacon slices.

6. Place on bun & enjoy!