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A popular alternative to basic burgers. This July 4th declare your independence from flavorless, dry sliders! This recipe is modeled on the White Castle square sliders and results in a juicy burger that fits all the way to the edge of the buns, which are held in place with melted cheese.
- 2 lbs. all-natural, ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
- 1 small white onion, finely grated
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. white pepper
- 2 TBS cold water
- 1 package of slider buns or dinner rolls, connected in a single sheet (we recommend Martin’s potato rolls or King’s Hawaiian Bread)
- 1 lb. sliced cheddar cheese
- 1, 12 oz. package of North Country Smokehouse Certified Humane Fruitwood Bacon
Measure your buns! Using a tape measure or ruler, measure the length and width of the sheet of buns or rolls.
In a bowl, gently mix the ground beef, salt, grated onion, peppers and cold water, just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX or your sliders will be tough and chewy.
Cover a cutting board with plastic wrap and sprinkle it lightly with water. Turn the meat mix onto the plastic wrap and gently form it into a rectangle that is 1 inch larger in both dimensions than the sheet of buns, and even in thickness.
Cover the top of the meat sheet with strips of North Country Smokehouse Fruitwood bacon in a single layer.
Pre-heat a flat griddle over medium/high heat on the stove or gas grill, or over a bed of glowing coals on a charcoal grill.
Lift the sheet of meat of the cutting board by holding the plastic wrap. VERY CAREFULLY in one smooth motion, flip the meat over, bacon side down onto the hot griddle. Cook for 3-5 minutes, lifting a corner with a spatula to see when the bacon is cooked.
While the meat cooks, slice the sheet of rolls in half horizontally to produce a sheet of tops and one of bottoms. Line the bottom sheet with a layer of sliced cheese,
Using two spatulas, very carefully turn the meat sheet over, doing your best to keep it intact. Cook an additional 3 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads at least 158 degrees.
Lift the cooked meat sheet off the griddle and place it on top of the cheese-covered sheet of bottom buns. Top with any desired condiments and place the top bun sheet on top.
Slice between the buns to separate and serve immediately.
With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s only right that we pay homage to the ultimate grill master. We’d bet that what he really wants is a relaxed day spent with his family, preferably in the backyard standing over a charcoal grill. Most definitely, he wants to be consuming the greatest, most delicious grilled meats he can get his hands on. To make it simple for you, we spend hours slow-smoking our meats and infusing them with deep, rich flavor.
What better way to show dad how much you love him than with juicy, slow-smoked sausage? We’re dishing out ways to make your Father’s Day meal extra special, so Dad knows how much you care.
Go for the Gold
The sky’s the limit. Get creative. Then, Dad can mix and match to his heart’s content.
No More Boring Sides
Do not, under any circumstances, permit lame macaroni salad or stodgy potato salad to sit next to the masterpiece of his BBQ. How about a flavor-packed pasta salad featuring more meat?
A double-smoked pepperoni packs a savory, smoky heat, lending incredible flavor to a pasta salad loaded with giardiniera, fresh mozzarella, and peppers.
Here are some more of our favorite sides to complement our flavor-packed sausages:
Brown Eyed Baker’s Best Ever Potato Salad (with Bacon!)
This Blue Cheese Coleslaw from House of Yumm
Julie from the Little Kitchen came up with this Sriacha Ranch Pasta Salad
Pair Dinner with Dad’s Favorite Beverage
Does pops like a stiff drink? Then the slightly spicy heat of our Chorizo is the perfect counterpoint to the sharp tang of a lime-infused, boozy libation.
If your dad’s more of a beer guy, our Harpoon IPA brats are an obvious choice, made with a bright, citrus-forward IPA for a unique, bold flavor. But for dads that love to try new things, our Andouille Cajun-style sausage is full of deep, spicy flavor and pairs well with the bright, crisp flavors of IPAs and lagers.
For dads who love a good vintage, try balancing our sweet, intensely-spiced Linguica-style sausage with a bright, crisp sauvignon blanc or even a bold, fruity rosé... ah, summer.
Whether you’re cooking for Dad or he’s retaining his hallowed spot in front of the grill this Father’s Day, make sure that what you’re grilling measures up to his exacting standards. Give him what he wants and deserves: high-quality meats that are crafted with care, smoked low and slow, and packed with delicious, mouth-watering flavor.
The shift towards locally sourced ingredients is real. Our customers want to know where their food comes from and trust the people who produce it. Enter - North Country Smokehouse.
We’ve been smoking meat for a long time, and we pride ourselves on the diverse flavors our products bring to the table. We live in a region that’s made a name for itself with the local flavors of sweet maple syrup, creamy cheeses and the very best in craft beer. It’s only right we partner with other local purveyors to develop two, all-natural, certified humane links; just in time for Memorial Day.
We began collaborations with Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company as part of our ongoing commitment to the local food movement, crafting recipes with fresh ingredients from our own backyard. These partnerships were made in sweet, meaty heaven – pairing our savory sausages with these regional, fan favorites was a no-brainer.
A New England staple with locations in Windsor, VT., and Boston, Harpoon Brewery’s award-winning IPA adds a notable flavor to our newest link. The Harpoon IPA Beer Bratwurst is balanced with bold notes of caraway and marjoram. The hoppy, citrus flavor comes just-in-time for the summer grilling season, and let’s be honest – beer and sausage belong together.
“There are so many wonderful friends and neighbors in and around Windsor, and we’ve had beers with most of them over the years,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder, Harpoon Brewery. “We’ve been pairing great beer with great social occasions for years, so working with North Country on something that would bring people together around a grill or table was the natural – no pun intended – next step.”
North Country Smokehouse also worked with South Woodstock-based Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company to create a custom cheddar cheese for the new, spicy Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage. The company was the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy facility in the state.
“We are always looking for ways to collaborate with other makers in our region to provide customers with locally sourced options for their tables,” said Kent Underwood, President, and Chief Operating Worker, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company. “We share in North Country Smokehouse’s commitment to producing handcrafted foods. We know that consumers will be able to taste the difference.”
In true, North Country Smokehouse fashion, these new products are hand-crafted in small batches and never include artificial flavors, fillers or dyes. The new sausages are packed in natural casings and free of nitrates, nitrites, and antibiotics. They are also Certified Humane, ensuring strict animal welfare standards are being met.
“We’re excited to partner with Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company as it enables us to use regional ingredients in more of our products. Today’s savvy consumers want to know the origins of their food and are especially interested in locally-produced foods,” said Aaron Corbett, COO, North Country Smokehouse. “These two new sausages honor the craft of each of our neighbors’ businesses and provide our customers with homegrown options.”
The two products are now available for sale and can be found at Whole Foods Market and Hannaford Supermarkets. Search locations near you on the store locator.
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of grills firing up across the country. Eager to take the party outdoors, grilling season means gracing your table with the fresh flavors of the season.
At North Country Smokehouse, we believe everything tastes better after it’s spent some time over an open flame. Nothing signals the arrival of summer like smoked meats sizzlin' on the barbie.
We've launched 2 new, local products just-in-time for Memorial Day. Our new Jalapeno Cheddar sausage and Harpoon IPA Beer Bratwurst are sure to turn your run-of-the-mill meals into a scrumptious celebration.
Find these and other feast-worthy flavors inside this Ultimate Guide to BBQ Season and remember... Stay Low. Stay Slow. Stay Smoky.