The Super Bowl is upon us and no matter who wins, the real victory always belongs to you if you’re throwing the requisite party. And what Super Bowl party is complete without a full array of tasty dishes? It’s a given that foods easy to prepare and eat will be popular with your guests. Sure you can stick with the ‘ole standbys like casseroles or chips and dip but this year I plan on doing things a bit differently. Instead of leaning on traditional salsa, I’ll be using Pace Picante Sauce in a Mesquite smoked hamburger recipe. But before I dust the snow off my grill and get it fired up, I want to clarify the key distinction between traditional salsa and Picante sauce.
Salsa is made for dipping with big chunks of tomatoes, onions, and hand-picked jalapeño peppers. It can be mixed with cream cheese and cheddar for a heartier dip. Picante sauce is smoother than salsa making it ideal for cooking with the perfect balance of zesty sauce and crisp vegetables. Go with the original created by Texan David Pace over 60 years ago as a unique cooking sauce. Pace started off selling 58 different varieties of jam, jellies, and sauces from the back of his liquor store in the 1940s when he developed a recipe for a thick and spicy tomato-based sauce he dubbed “Picante.” The sauce was so popular that he abandoned his other products focusing only on his all-natural, preservative-free sauce made using fresh jalapenos which remains the same to this day. It’s even sold in the same hour glass-shaped jar designed to keep it from tipping over.
Now on to the simple Mesquite Picante Burger recipe I’ll be using courtesy of Pace Picante:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
4 Martin’s® Potato Hamburger Buns
1 handful Mesquite wood chips
Mix the beef and picante sauce thoroughly in a medium bowl. Shape the beef mixture firmly into 4 (1/2-inch thick) burgers.
Soak Mesquite chips in water for 30 minutes
Heat grill to medium, place chips in a cast iron smoker or on aluminum foil over grill flame, and cook burgers for 10 minutes. Turn them over once halfway through grilling and brush often with additional picante sauce.
Serve with additional Picante sauce instead of ketchup.
Photo courtesy of Pace Picante. Post made possible by a complimentary sample provided by Pace Picante