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garrison's bacon and onion relish (for burgers)

Recipe by
Garrison Wayne
La Quinta, CA

I have always loved caramelized onions. I never thought about the bacon thing until recently, when I had the best burger ever on Coronado Island near San Diego. It was a premium cheese burger on a ciabatta bun, served simply with what they called bacon candy. My recipe is an attempt to duplicate my experience. I think my recipe is fairly straightforward and simple, but it does take some time. Make ahead, before you strike up the barbie, and you'll be glad you did.

yield 6 -8
prep time 10 Min
cook time 1 Hr 40 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For garrison's bacon and onion relish (for burgers)

  • 1/2 lb
    bacon, cooked, drained, chopped
  • 2 lg
    onions, quartered, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp
    reserved bacon fat
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    sun dried tomatoes, in oil, drained, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c
    brandy (or bourbon or rum)
  • 1/2 c
    kansas city style bbq sauce

How To Make garrison's bacon and onion relish (for burgers)

  • 1
    In a fry pan, cook bacon until crisp (15-20 min). Remove from pan. When cooled, chop medium fine.
  • 2
    In the same pan, cook onions in 2 Tbsp reserved bacon fat. Keep heat at medium/lo. Stir occasionally. Onions should be nicely colored and cooked down. This should take about 40 minutes.
  • 3
    Add salt, pepper, chopped cooked bacon, tomatoes, vinegar, and worcestershire. Cook 10 minutes to reduce.
  • 4
    Add brandy and bbq sauce. Cook 10 more minutes to reduce.
  • 5
    Serve as a condiment on generous cheese burgers.