12 Days of Grilling: Pork Patties

Chef Tim McCarty is in studio on Day 8 of our “12 Days of Grilling” series to show us how to make Summertime Pork Brat Patties! For more information about the Minnesota Pork Board, click here. And for the Minnesota Beef Council, click here.

Summertime Pork Brat Patties

Brat Patty:

  • 2lb Ground Pork
  • 1/2lb Ground Bacon
  • 1/3 oz Salt
  • 1/16 tsp White pepper
  • 1/16 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/16 tsp Ground celery seed
  • 1/16 tsp Fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/16 tsp Rubbed sage
  • 1/16 tsp Mustard seed
  • 1/16 tsp Crusted caraway seed
  • ¼ cup Powdered milk

Mix all the dry mix very well. In a large bowl mix, everything together very well. After mixing refrigerate a least 4 hours, Make 6oz patties and grill 160 internal temp. Place on a pretzel bun top with Bacon jam and Poblano slaw, serve with the watermelon salad.

Tomato Bacon Jam:

  • 3 lbs bacon, diced
  • 3 cups yellow onion, minced
  • 6 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup apricot preserve
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 lbs diced tomato
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

In pot, render bacon until it starts to brown. Add onions and cook until translucent. Deglaze with bourbon. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook down liquid and then add remaining ingredients. Simmer lightly for 10 minutes.

Poblano Slaw:

  • 6 cups cabbage mix
  • 1/2 cup poblano peppers, deseeded, destemmed and skinned
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried oragano
  • 1/8 tsp dried cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Fold poblano mixture into mayonnaise. Add cabbage.

Watermelon Salad w/ Feta, cucumber and pickled red onions:

  • 3 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups seedless cucumber, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint sliced
  • 1/3 cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 fresh Lime, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup pickled red onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put melon, cucumber, onion and mint in a large bowl. In another bowl mix oil, lime juice, zest, and salt and pepper. Pour over the melon mix toss and top with Feta