Good things are coming. Good things. For instance… Coffee, beef and beer and BBQ. In your recent CSA share we included a special roast from our friends at Santa Lucia Coffee located locally in Centralia, Washington. We ground up a little bit of that and included it in both the burger recipe and the BBQ sauce today. Along with a little beer of course. I’m sure you’ve all noticed a trend with me and yes, I love cooking with an variety of alcohol. Now lets get started.
1lb Quality Pasture Raised Ground Beef (We used our local Heritage Meat)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 minced Garlic Clove
4 tsp Ground Santa Lucia Coffee
1/2 cup Crumbled Blue Cheese (We used Rogue Creamery‘s Smokey Blue)
4 Pretzel Buns – split and toasted
Lettuce, Tomato, Onions and any other fixxin’s you prefer
3/4 cup Chopped White Onion
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Molasses
6oz Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder
2 1/2 cups Porter or Stout beer
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2oz Brewed Santa Lucia Coffee
- If you’re using a charcoal grill, get those things going so your grill is hot by the time you’re burgers are ready to slap on there.
- Starting off with the BBQ sauce – In a medium sized pan, caramelize your onions in the olive oil on medium/low heat.
- Once your onions are a nice golden brown and caramelized, add the salt and ancho chili powder and stir for about 30 seconds to toast up the spices.
- Add your molasses and continue to stir for another 30 seconds.
- De-glaze the pan with the Beer and add the apple cider vinegar. Continue cooking on low for about 10 minutes. Feel free to add a little more beer if it’s looking too thick.
- Pour the sauce into a blender along with the brewed coffee and puree until smooth. Your sauce is now ready.
- Onto the delicious burgers – In a medium sized bowl, gently mix your ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic. Divide the meat into 4 sections and press each into a patty.
- On each side of the hamburger patty, sprinkle and press 1/2 tsp of ground coffee on each side.
- On a preheated grill (or cast iron pan if you prefer) brush the grates with a little olive oil and grill the patties. For the love of all things holy, don’t press them with the spatula. Please. If you need a refresher course on how to grill a burger visit this link.
- Once your burgers are cooked to your liking (medium rare – hint hint) start building your burger on your toasted buns. Add your sauce, fixins and crumbled blue cheese. That concludes our recipe for the day, enjoy!