Brinkley’s Famous Pork Burgers with Bread and Butter Pickles

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Bread and Butter Pickles:
(makes 5-6 pints)
25 pickling cucumbers, sliced thickly
2 white onions, sliced
2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced
¼-cup kosher salt
2½-cups sugar
2½-cups white vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons mustard seed
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons celery seed

Brinkley's Famous Pork Burger:
(makes 4-6 patties)
1 ounce country ham, ground or minced. Johnston County Country Ham
1 pound pork, ground
Salt and pepper, to taste.


Making the Pickles:
1. Place the sliced cucumbers, green peppers and onions in a large cooler with ice.
2. Toss with salt and set aside for at least four hours.
3. Drain, rinse and then pack the vegetables in large sterile jars.
4. Bring the remaining ingredients to a boil.
5. Pour the boiling mix over the vegetables and proceed with canning.
6. Process the canning jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
7. Let sit one month before opening.

Making the Burgers:
1. Combine the pork and the country ham, season to taste.
2. Form into 4-6 patties.
3. Pan fry in a little oil until cooked to desired level.
4. Serve on hamburger buns.

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