I saw a similar recipe online, but thought I would try it a bit differently, making it more like a barbecue bacon burger. The recipe was easy and fast. We love cooking in our cast iron skillets a lot. If you wanted to make it in a baking dish, it would probably work just as well. It was an instant hit with my family and they can't wait to have it again.
Blue Ribbon Recipe
Wow... this is quick, easy, and very decadent. In each bite, you really taste the cheese and smokey bacon flavor. There's a hint of the Montreal and Adobo seasonings, but it's not overpowering. A slice of this and a crisp salad would make an easy meal.
When removing this from the oven, there was a lot of bacon grease in the skillet. We drained the grease off so the "burger" could cook without sitting in the grease.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. This recipe works best in a cast iron skillet.
Take bacon and lay in strips along bottom of skillet like pie slices, meeting in the middle with the extra hanging over the edge of the skillet. Use the whole pound, even if you have to overlap the bacon.
Place uncooked ground meat in the middle of the skillet and press flat along the bacon until you reach the edge.
Sprinkle seasoning and cheese over the ground meat.
Then lift the ends of the bacon and fold over into the middle. Coat the top evenly with the barbecue sauce.
Place cast iron skillet into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until ground meat is cooked through. If you would like the bacon on top to be crispy, you can turn on your broiler for the last few minutes to crisp up the bacon on top.
Remove carefully from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!
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