BBQ Burger with Pork
- 2 pounds ground beef (80/20 blend)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice
- 10 ounces homemade or prepared pulled pork, recipe follows
- Four 4 1/2-inch brioche buns
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- Pulled Pork:
- 3 pounds bone-out Boston butt
- 1 tablespoon Cajun spice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cups medium-dice mixed carrots, celery and onions
- 2 bay leaves
- Chicken stock, for covering pork
For the burgers: In a bowl, blend the ground beef with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Remove a small portion, about 1 ounce, and cook to check the level of seasoning. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.
Using about 8 ounces for each burger, form the meat into even-sized patties and flatten slightly (do not over-mix during the process).
Warm a griddle or pan over medium-high heat until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the oil and patties and reduce the heat to medium. Cook on the first side until browned, 3 minutes, and then flip and repeat the process to the desired doneness. Remove and let rest.
For the pork: In a saucepan, warm the barbecue sauce over medium-low heat. Add the pulled pork and mix with the sauce until warm.
For the buns: In a flat pan, warm the buns over medium heat for 2 minutes. Butter the interior portion of the buns and cook until nicely toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.
To build the burgers, place the patties on the bottom buns. Top with the sauced pork and bun tops and serve.Pulled Pork:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Sprinkle the Boston butt with the Cajun spice, salt and pepper and put in a deep roasting pan. Add the diced vegetables and bay leaves, and then cover with chicken stock. Wrap with plastic wrap and tightly cover with foil. Roast until tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Remove the pork from the stock and let cool. Shred with two forks.