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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Texans

Posted by on December 14, 2013 – 7:40 pm

The Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. This week’s  winner is Donna Beck from Bonney Lake, WA. This is not your typical tailgate recipes, but it does sound DELICIOUS! What’s better than pork an apples? Here’s her “Smoky Pork & Almond Burgers w/ Apple & Cherry Chutney.”

Smoky Pork & Almond Burgers w/ Apple & Cherry Chutney


2 lbs ground pork
3 Tablespoons smoked almonds, finely chopped
3 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh sage leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 large sweet onion, diced very fine


2 cups chopped peeled Granny Smith apples (about 2 large apples)
1 cup dried tart cherries
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped

6 slices smoked Gouda cheese
3 cups of arugula, clean and dry

6 soft, pretzel rolls, split and toasted

Cooking Directions:


Combine all ingredients for the chutney in a small, fireproof saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Uncover; increase heat to medium-high. Cook 15 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Allow to cool.


While the chutney is simmering (the last 15 minutes), combine all burger ingredients and mix well. Form into six patties, Grill over medium heat until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 170*F, about 5-6 minutes each side. Add one slice of smoked Gouda to each burger and allow to soften.

Add arugula to the bottom bun, place hot burgers onto arugula, top with the apple and cherry chutney.


Donna will receive a prize pack consisting of a $75 Meijer gift certificate, Bacon Nation Cook Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2012 Season DVD. PLUS he will be entered into the grand prize which is the Traeger Lil’ Pig Grill.

This is the GRAND PRIZE!!

This is the GRAND PRIZE!!

Think your recipe has what it takes? Enter it here.

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