Forth of July Rib Burgers

I came up with this recipe one 4th of July when the price of ribs was out of sight. They have that smoky rib flavor but are faster, cheaper, and less fattening! If you have any Rib Rub on hand you can substitute 1 tablespoon of that for the dry spices and brown sugar in this recipe.

2 lbs ground pork (Boston blade steak, boned, twice ground)
2 tsp Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except barbecue sauce. Mix well.
2. Divide meat mixture into eight equal portions and form into patties, poking a fingertip sized hole into the center of each patty. (The hole keeps the burger flat rather than turning into a hockey puck!)
3. Soak hickory wood chips in water for 30 minutes while preparing the grill. When grill is ready place drained wood on top of hot coals.
4. Place burgers on hot grill and brush with barbecue sauce. Cover. When the burgers have seared, turn and brush with sauce again. Cover again. Continue flipping and brushing about every five minutes until burgers are done, about fifteen to twenty minutes.

Servings: 8

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