Sambal Bacon Jam Cheeseburger with Pomegranate Kentucky Mule

Sambal Bacon Jam
Cheeseburger with
Pomegranate Kentucky Mule

Pomegranate Kentucky Mule


  • 1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • .75 oz Fresh Pomegranate Juice
  • .25 oz Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer


  • Fresh Citrus or Lime Wedge, Pomegranate Seeds, Mint


  • Collins Glass


  • Build drink in glass over ice.
  • Stir.
  • Garnish with lime, pomegranate and a sprig of mint.

Cheeseburger (4)


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef 80/20 grind
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Sambal Bacon Jam
  • Arugula
  • 4 soft buns, brioche or potato rolls


  • Divide beef into 4 patties, roughly 6 ounces each.
  • Sear burgers in a cast iron pan or grill on medium heat working 2 at a time, sear on side for 3-5 minutes prior to flipping the burger.
  • After 2 minutes of searing on the second side, lay your slice cheddar on top of the burger to slowly melt as the burger reaches the desired internal temperature.
  • Load up your buns with the cooked patty, sambal jam, fresh arugula, and serve.

Sambal Bacon Jam


  • ½ lb thick sliced bacon, diced as small or as large as you want the spread to be, large for toothsome bites & small for something more spreadable
  • 2 yellow onions, small diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of sambal (chili garlic paste)


  • Cook the cubed bacon in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, dutch oven, or cast iron pan with deeper sides until the fat is rendered and pieces are crisping.
  • Remove bacon from the pan and all but a few scant tbsp of the fat. Add the onion and garlic to the same pan & sauteé until just beginning to caramelize.
  • Add in spices to bloom in the hot fat for no longer than a minute, followed by the apple cider vinegar and maple syrup.
  • Add the bacon back to pot and let reduce until thick and jammy.
  • For a smoother spread-like texture, pulse in a food processor [optional]. Extra jam not used on burgers should be stored in the refrigerator.