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What's a Big Cheesy Pimento Cheese Burger? It's a burger recipe with Roots in the South... and the North!

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Kent’s Stuffed Cheese Burgers is a great recipe that I've included in a couple of books!

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IT'S BURGER TIME! Here is a big SHOUT OUT to the Chattanooga Mocs! Yes, readers from outside of Chattanooga. THE MIGHTY UTC MOCS – It’s a cool bird as well as a historic landmark in Chattanooga. Did I mention the Moc mascot is named “SCRAPPY.” He is named after a Chattanooga Sports legend, coach and businessman named Scrappy Moore.

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ALL RIGHT FOOTBALL FANS - The official Middle Tennessee State University Tailgate Tip of the week for the game against the Charlotte 49'ers involves Texas Pete® Hot Sauce! Wait... what? 

Why is a recipe geared towards beating a Conference USA football team from North Carolina including a hot sauce from Texas? Well, my tailgate and foodie friends Texas Pete® is originally from... NORTH CAROLINA! Yep, if you're in Charlotte, head out, drive for a bit to Winston-Salem and you're in the hometown of one of the most iconic hot sauce brands in the United States!

Oh, that USA connection plays a role as well. It turns out that the name of the sauce had to be connected to the USA. Here's how the official Texas Pete Legend spells things out when it came time to pick a name for a family developed sauce during the 1940's.

"Sam Garner and his three sons, Thad, Ralph and Harold, were trying to come up with a brand name for this spicy new sauce they had created, a marketing adviser suggested the name ”Mexican Joe” to connote the piquant flavor reminiscent of the favorite foods of our neighbors to the south. ”Nope!” said the patriarch of the Garner family. ”It’s got to have an American name!” Sam suggested they move across the border to Texas, which also had a reputation for spicy cuisine. Then he glanced at son Harold, whose nickname was ”Pete” and the Texas Pete cowboy was born. Movie cowboys were very popular in the 1930’s, men like Tom Mix and Hopalong Cassidy, representing a sort of universal image of rugged independence and self-reliance, the perfect ideal for a family business trying to survive tough times."

Now that's a pretty awesome story! Great sauce, fantastic flavor, and a pretty cool history to back things up. Now, all you need is a tasty MTSU football tailgate recipe to cap things off. This recipe is a version I first learned when training to cook for the United States Coast Guard. My instructor, Ron Ellis, loaded an oven up with his salt, pepper, and brown sugar bacon. It was amazing. Of course, we had to add hot sauce eventually. So when I was researching Texas Pete I decided to combine the Spicy Bacon with a Cheeseburger - tailgate heaven!

You can make the bacon before the tailgate and warm it up there if you want to save time. You'll notice that I didn't include a recipe for a cheeseburger... just grill up a cheese burger and top it with the following bacon recipe courtesy of the sources - my grill, Ron's Bacon, USCG Food Service Specialist training and Texas Pete Hot Sauce!

Brown Sugar Glazed Spicy Bacon
Texas Pete® hot sauce
Brown sugar
Black pepper

Preheat oven or grill to 350 degrees. Place the bacon in an even layer on deep cooking tray - preferably with a rack - or a broiling pan. You'll need this for the grease. Next, in a bowl, combine a bunch of Texas Pete® Hot Sauce and brown sugar together. Sprinkle the bacon lightly with black pepper. Brush the mixture of sauce and brown sugar over the top of the bacon and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the pieces and baste again. Or, combine everything in a zip close back, seal it and toss it in the fridge overnight. Then bake or grill the bacon. Before you remove from the oven, sprinkle lightly with more brown sugar. Drain via the rack, the broiling pan, or on paper towels and top your cheeseburger! One note: DON'T BURN THE BACON! The brown sugar will become bitter. And bitter bacon is not happy bacon!

Enjoy the recipe, catch this recipe during the MTSU Football Radio Network Broadcast, and GO BLUE RAIDERS!! I'll see you at the tailgate.


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Stuffed Burgers! Heck Yea - Here are two tasty burger recipes for your next grilling session or tailgate. Quick, easy and full of flavor. Ya, Can't Beat That!

Stuffed Home Run Burgers!
This recipe is from an article from the Chattanoogan.com . It was originally published for a Father's Day Grilling article I wrote.

Ground Beef  - Enough for 4 HUGE patties
Minced Garlic
Olive Oil
Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Hot Sauce
Lots of Ground Black Pepper
Pepper Jack Cheese
Fine Sliced Onions
Other Stuff
Directions: Combine the meat with some minced garlic, a few dashes of olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

Mix well by hand and separate into four LARGE portions. Split each portion in half to make eight equal portions. Flatten these into eight wide patties that are a bit thin and wide.

Sprinkle with pepper and place an equal portion of pepper jack cheese in the center of four patties leaving an edge around the outside.

Place other four patties over the four covered patties and press the edges together to seal. You should have four good sized stuffed burgers. Grill over medium high heat turning as few times as possible. Serve hot on fresh bun, toasted French Bread Slices or toasted Texas toast with your favorite toppings.You can stuff this burger with all kinds of other stuff such as mushrooms, Blue cheese, peppers… whatever you like.

Basic Taco Burgers
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons taco sauce
1 packet cheap taco seasoning
1/ 4 cup of fine minced onion
1 handfull crushed tortilla Chips
Directions: Combine all ingredients, form your patties, chill in fridge to set shape. Grill em how you like ‘em! Serve with hot pepper jack cheese or white American cheese.

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