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Cooking With Coffee #ChooseSmart #cbias #shop
Momma Told Me: Smarties know how to shop, but they also know how to cook with any ingredient.

I like to refer to Momma as a whiz in the kitchen. Raising a family on a shoestring budget, you have to get creative, or else it'll be boxed meals and frozen dinners. Not only did Momma know how to shop Smart & Final to take advantage of bulk pricing on her everyday ingredients, but she also knew how to prepare these dishes for 'freeze ahead' meals. And, in the unspeakable event that a second package of something was opened before the prior was finished, Momma knew how to coax the leftovers into an entirely new dish. However, cooking with coffee is something I first became familiar with through my German heritage, though, today, I use Momma's ingredient ingenuity to forge my own coffee recipes. Long before me, my European ancestors where using day old coffee as a substitute for water to infuse baked goods with extra moisture and flavor. Today, I #ChooseSmart ingredients, like coffee, our family can use for multiple dishes and drinks throughout the week.
In 2013 one of my most popular recipes infused freshly brewed coffee with molasses, vinegar, and mustard for an elevated Pork Chop dish many of my readers have since hailed as their favorite. Today I revisit the coffee and pork pairing to create another unique twist on a classic American favorite, the Steakhouse Hamburger. While we have 2 Keurig single cup brewers in our home now (thank you 2013 holidays), I never pass down the hot beverage aisle without picking up a package of ground coffee as well. Brands such as Ambiance, found at Smart & Final, offer a wide range of formatting, from single serve K-Cups to instant crystals and coffee grounds. They also offer a generous range of product sizing to help me save money on the roasts I use most. While we usually drink and cook with (liquid) coffee that is a darker roast, such as Ambiance French Roast, I prefer to use raw coffee grounds no higher than a medium blend. My reasoning for this, is that raw grounds will inherently be stronger in aroma and flavor than the liquid that is consequently brewed from them.
Coffee Glazed Bacon Ingredients #ChooseSmart #cbias #shop
Ambiance Coffee Smart & Final #ChooseSmart #cbias #shop
The secret to my Coffee Glazed Bacon Burger, now affectionately known as the The Wired Piggy, is all in the delightfully simple glazed bacon and quick fix roasted garlic aioli sauce.The Bacon craze has swept the nation, and our family is no exception; I served my father a handcrafted Bacon Rose Bouquet for his Father's Day this year, and I regularly make candies bacon for an especially sweet treat worth squealing over. One you know how to candy bacon in the oven, the rest is just piglet play! For this Dark Roast Candies Bacon recipe you only need a Medium Roast Ground Coffee such as Ambiance Ground French Vanilla, Molasses, Brown Sugar, a dash of Chipotle and Water. The secret is in the sticky, mud like, concoction you rub over your rack of bacon the night before baking it.
Dark Roast Coffee Glazed Bacon #ChooseSmart #cbias #shop
Coffee Glazed Bacon #ChooseSmart #cbias #shop
Worried about using raw coffee grounds on your food? Don't be! Cooking with fresh coffee grounds had been done in coffee recipes for centuries, and many people pay a pretty penny to enjoy chocolate dipped coffee and espresso beans raw- it's the same thing; we are simply using the flavor to highlight our food. Your Dark Roast Coffee Bacon paste will only be spread on the fat up, edges of your packaged bacon, as to create a thick crust; and you can always gently wipe off any extra, unwanted, coffee ground mixture. The molasses and brown sugar will act as a marinade and candying conduit when you put your separated bacon strips on a baking sheet and into an oven. Then it's just 10-12 minutes until smokey flavored coffee goodness! Just remember you're making this bacon to go with a burger, and try not to eat it all before it has a chance to hit the patty.
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Dark Roast Bacon Burger Ingredients #ChooseSmart #cbias #shop
To compliment my Dark Roast Glazed Bacon I made a simple Roasted Garlic Aioli consisting of olive oil mayonnaise, lightly roasted diced garlic, and lemon juice. This acted as my wet ingredient to cohesively hold the burger together and interact with the pepper-jack cheese. As a side I tossed some First Street 1/4" Shoestring Fries (frozen) in a garlic reduced olive oil and baked them in the oven for 15 minutes. When they came out I was sure to sprinkle a little garlic salt, and the spared garlic from my oil reduction for Fair Quality garlic fries. As with most dishes, when cooking with coffee, so not expect coffee to be the overwhelming flavor, but to act as an extraordinary spice that enhances flavor and brings new tastes together harmoniously.

The Wired Piggy Dark Roast Bacon Burger with garlic aioli and coffee glazed bacon is a delightfully refined steakhouse burger with a wonderful smokey flavor that has light citrus highlights and is very clean to eat. All the indulgence of an afternoon cup, without any of the caffeine! Best of all, you can stock up on your favorite blend of Ambiance coffee and be entered to win one of 10 Keurig Single Serve machines or 10 $100 SmartCash cards, beginning January 2nd! And be sure to follow the Smart & Final Facebook page where you'll also have the chance to win daily giveaways through January 15, 2014.

What Daughter Says: Work your favorite flavors into new cuisine to create surprising results with minimal skill.

The Wired Piggy Dark Roast Bacon Burger #ChooseSmart #shop #cbias
The Wired Piggy, Dark Roast Bacon Burger
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Coffee Glazed Bacon:

* 6 Slices Uncooked Packaged Bacon
* 1/4 C Ambiance Ground Coffee (Medium Roast)
* 1/2 TBS Chipotle Powder, or Chili Substitute IfI Heat Okay)
* 2TBS Packed Brown Sugar
* 2TBS Molasses
* 1 TBS Water

Roasted Garlic Aoili

* 1/3 C Olive Oil Mayonnaise 
* 3 TBS Minced Garlic Cloves
* 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 2 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice


*4 1/3lb Fresh Ground Beef Patties
* 4 Whole Wheat Buns
* Roasted Garlic Aioli (Recipe Below)
* 6 Strips Coffee Glazed Bacon (Recipe Below)
* 1 Head Butter Lettuce
* 4 Slices Pepper-Jack Cheese
* Salt and Pepper To Season Patty


1.) Remove strips of bacon from package without separating strips from one another. Cut down middle of bacon wedge to create two even portion. Combine Coffee Glazed Bacon Ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until a dark, sticky, paste is formed. Spread past generously in a thick layer across the (fat side up) edges of bacon. Wrap in parchment paper and place in a ziploc baggy, refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

2.) While bacon is marinating, prepare Roasted Garlic Aioli. Place Olive Oil and Minced Garlic in a small saucepan and simmer over med-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until aromatic. Remove from heat and stir in mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add a pinch of pepper if desired. Refrigerate until burger is ready to be assembled.

3.) Preheat oven to 425F. Remove bacon from fridge and spread single strips about 2" apart on a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in oven for 12-14 MINS until edges are crisped and bacon is desired texture. For candied bacon, bacon will continue to set once removed from oven- allow to cool entirely before serving.

4.) While bacon is cooling season burger patties and cook on grill to desired temperature. Lightly toast buns on grill prior to serving. Spread garlic aioli on top and bottom buns. Build burger from bottom up; bottom bun, aioli, fresh butter lettuce leaves, burger patty, pepper-jack cheese, coffee glazed bacon, aioli, top bun. Serve immediately and enjoy with a savory side such as garlic fries.


  1. OMG

    Coffee and bacon? That IS one wired Piggy!

  2. I think I'm one of the few people that missed the bacon bus but I have to say...this looks amazing!

  3. WOW - I order a burger any time I go out, but for this kind of burger I wouldn't mind to stay home - looks incredibly delicious!

  4. I don't know why, but I had no idea you could cook with Coffee! Even though I'm not a coffee fan, you make everything look so tantalizing! I want to take a bite out of it right now!

  5. I love candied bacon. This sounds amazing and your pics just make it look so good!

  6. Great ideas. The only thing I ever use coffee for, besides drinking is in Chocolate Cake.

  7. MMMMM. Bacon anything! The title is enough alone to get me there. I don't know WHY you don't write a cookbook or something . Love the combo of bacon and coffee

  8. I am not a big fan of coffee, but this actually looks like something I would like to try. I bet my hubby would LOVE it!

  9. Oh my, this is too good to be true! Who would've thought bacon could get any better? Can't wait to try this - pinning right now!!

  10. This sounds amazing! OMG! Can't wait to try it!

  11. I've never considered cooking with coffee. These look interesting.

  12. How interesting is this. I have never heard of putting coffee on your bacon. But your burger did look very yummy, and I wouldn't mind trying it.

  13. I actually think coffee flavor enhanced bacon sounds good. I'd have to leave the spicy elements of the recipe out though since I do hate spicy. I like the sweet ingredients in it though too.

    The only thing with coffee I have ever made that is chewable, not drinkable is Tiramisu and I REALLY love that!

  14. Oh my. That all looks unbelievably amazing!

  15. I'm not a coffee person but quite honestly, I bow down to you and your culinary genius!

    This looks beyond amazing! So much so that it HAS to be made. I don't know when, but I need to enjoy this wired piggy for myself :D

    Thank you so much for the fantastic recipe!

  16. I never would have imagined such a combo-I've never cooked with coffee before either. I can't wait to try this-Thanks!

  17. Mmm... I knew there was a reason I adored coffee! The bacon looks amazing.

  18. What a great idea. I would never have thought to add coffee to bacon. I have tried pepper bacon and love that. My husband would love this recipe. You are so creative in the kitchen! I love your recipes.

  19. I have never used coffee in a recipe as of yet. This looks wonderful and I know my husband would enjoy it.
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  20. That bacon looks so good! I've never thought of using coffee to glaze bacon. I had to share this on my Bacon Recipes Pinterest board!! :D

  21. That is one delicious looking burger. I love the way coffee enhances beef and pork. It's really good with bison too.

  22. This burger sounds amazing! I've cooked with coffee before, but it's always been something baked and sweet. I think I might have to broaden my horizons:-)

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