I kept things real simple and dove into my Stubb's BBQ stash. Their variety of rubs, sauces and marinades is second to none, so finding something to complement the beef and pork was a cinch!
Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, I combined 1 pound of ground sirloin, 1/4 pound ground pork, and about 2 teaspoons of the Stubb's Bar-B-Q Spice Rub. I love that it already has sea salt and pepper in it... no extra seasonings were needed.
Next, I plopped (a technical term) the meat mixture onto a sheet of wax paper and then formed it into a rectangular shape. After laying a second sheet of wax paper over the top, I used a rolling pin to flatten the meat into a uniform thickness, about 1/3 to 1/4 inch. (Most of my family likes their burgers on the thin side.) Then, I used a pizza cutter to section off the meat into 8 patties.
Before putting the meat on the grill, I made up a batch of the Spicy Aioli Sauce. This sauce sent the sliders into orbit! It's so easy to jazz up your burgers with this sauce. Just mix up 1/2 cup of your favorite mayonnaise, 1/3 cup Stubb's Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce, and 1/2 tsp. Stubb's Bar-B-Q Spice Rub. Cover and refrigerate until ready to garnish your sliders...or burgers.
These small patties did not take long to grill, just a few minutes on each side. (In fact, I'm fairly certain I overcooked mine. But, most of my family prefers their meat well done... so, we'll just say I was being thoughtful.) Once they were done, it was time to assemble these adorable sandwiches.
I recommend toasting your buns before adding on all the goodies. It helps the burger keep its shape better. (I didn't do this and they were still delicious.) Then, spread both sides of the bun with the Spicy Aioli Sauce and start piling on the fixin's... slider meat, cheese, followed by lettuce, tomato and a slice of creamy avocado.
Beef & Pork Sliders with Spicy Aioli Sauce
1 lb. ground sirloin
1/4 lb. ground pork
2 tsp. Stubb's Bar-B-Q Spice Rub
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Stubb's Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce
1/2 tsp. Stubb's Bar-B-Q All-Natural Spice Rub
Prepare the grill for cooking. In small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Bar-B-Q sauce and spice rub. Cover and refrigerate. In large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, combine ground sirloin, pork and spice rub. Place a sheet of wax paper on a flat surface and empty the meat mixture onto the paper. Form into a rectangle and place another sheet of wax paper on top. Using rolling pin, flatten meat to 1/3 to 1/3 inch. Cut into 8 equal pieces using pizza cutter. Grill over direct heat for a few minutes on each side, being careful not to overcook. Toast the buns and assemble sliders by spreading the Spicy Aioli Sauce on each side and then piling on the meat, cheese and veggies.
You can serve these with the usual condiments like ketchup and mustard, but you'll probably find that the Spicy Aioli is all you need for the wow factor!
Along with the sliders, we enjoyed some fresh Rainier cherries, my Copycat KFC Cole Slaw and The Best Sweet Corn on the Cob... ah... the tastes of summer!
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