**Disclaimer: I received several amazing recipes and pictures from Scarlet Threadsicans, but I promised some folks at GBC in Houston that I would post this recipe for Tasty Tuesday...
The clever name of this week's recipe might be lost those of you unfamiliar with Texas history, however those who thought of it were impressed with themselves. You see, Santa Anna was the general of the Mexican army during the Texas Revolution, killed Davy Crockett at the Alamo, generally p.o.'d the Texicans (our team name), and was thoroughly routed at the battle of San Jacinto. Texas became its own country and there was much rejoicing throughout the land.
This past weekend was a the Growth Group Grill Off at our church. Seventeen teams participated. However, the winners of the grand prize broke their budget by serving ribs that were smoked over night in the church parking lot in a commercial grade smoker. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. We, the Texicans, kept it real and represented the budget bbq category (burgers, et al) with this fabulous "slider" invented/refined by the Aaron and Eileen dynamic duo. Meredith and I wore our ST aprons to intimidate our competition! (Tons of compliments as always!)
In order to be a squealer, a burger must have ground bacon mixed in with the ground beef, or in this case bison. The perfect ratio is 4:1 bison to bacon. Bison, which is naturally lean and a little gamier than beef, benefitted nicely from the squealing addition -- it became moist and juicy and all around tastier. Trust me, give this slider a try, you will not be disappointed.
4 lbs ground bison
1 lb thick cut bacon (food processed/ground, it looks strange, but trust me!)
4 jalapenos finely chopped
3 shallots finely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 c. heavy cream (or to preferred moisture content)
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 c. panko bread crumbs
Hand mix and form into patties... you are ready to grill! To this amazing patty, we added queso on one side and guacamole on the other! Then the whole thing goes on a bun and you are ready to remember the Alamo and celebrate the victory at San Jacinto. Poor Santa Anna.
For the queso, use this recipe. I can't believe that I'm sharing it. I've been making it for years and it remains a favorite for all my friends!
1 block Mexican Velveeta
1 block cream cheese
1 can of Rotell Original green chilies and tomatoes
1/2 lb of ground beef sauteed with onion - seasoned with cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt, and cayenne
Mix it all together in a crock pot and season to taste (with the above spices). Like I said, you won't be disappointed.
Give Squealing Santa Anna Buffalo Sliders a try, it will impress everyone at your next back yard bbq. Did I mention we won our category?!