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Alabama BBQ Pork Burger

In the South and Alabama in particular, pork and BBQ are king. So, I decided to create a burger that just screams Alabama BBQ. One particular tradition unique to Alabama is White Barbecue Sauce (which has a mayonnaise base rather than tomato). It’s delicious!! The burger itself is ground pork and some smoked pork sausage and just in case that’s not enough pork it’s topped with hickory bacon. Throw in some pepper jack cheese and shredded cabbage and put it on a grilled Kaiser roll and you truly have the most pork-y BBQ burger you could have. But, even though there is definitely a lot of pork products, it all really works together, with the White Barbecue Sauce acting as the glue that keeps it all together.


1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 slices hickory bacon
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
1/4 pound smoked pork sausage, finely chopped
1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 slices Pepper Jack cheese
6 Kaiser rolls, split
1 1/2 cups cabbage, shredded


Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make the White Barbecue Sauce, in a small mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined. Refrigerate until serving

Heat a large fireproof non-stick skillet on the grill. Add bacon and cook over medium-high heat until the bacon is crispy, about 5 minutes, flipping once. Drain on paper towels.

To make the patties, combine the pork, sausage, onions, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls.

Brush the grill rack with oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, just until done, about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. During the last few minutes of cooking, top the burgers with a slice of cheese and place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers, spread a generous amount of White Barbecue Sauce on the cut sides of the rolls. On each roll bottom, place equal amounts of cabbage, a cheese-topped patty, and two slices of bacon. Add the roll tops and serve.


Long Live Alabama BBQ!!