Refer to photos for preparation but note I failed to mention to season the ground beef with salt and pepper before adding the cheese to what will be the inside of the burgers and also the top after assembly. It’s best to mix a small amount of salt and pepper and place it in a small bowl.
To cook the burgers:
Preheat broiler on high for at least 10 minutes before baking sliders. When ready to bake, place sliders on a sprayed rack and place over a foil-lined sheet tray, then place that on the oven rack. The rack should be set exactly in the middle of the oven six to 8 inches from the broiler.
Brush the tops of each slider with some of the Honey Chipotle Glaze. Broil on high for 7 minutes. The timing is important. The burger has to be in the oven long enough to melt the cheese but no so long that it causes the cheese to expand and ooze out, so customizing your burger to cook to other temperatures such as rare, medium, well done, etc. is at your own risk. Turn the tray once if not cooking evenly.
Remove immediately (or they could stick) and rest for about 3 minutes before serving, which is just long enough to assemble. Place on buns, brush with the Honey Chipotle Glaze, top with bacon and top any other toppings you wish and then with bun. Serve with additional Honey Chipotle Glaze.
To make the Jalapeno Jelly Bacon:
Follow this recipe for Buffet Style Bacon, preferably cooking on a rack over the foil-lined pan, but just before the bacon is “crisp” but after most of the fat has rendered, remove from oven, drain grease and brush bacon generously with hot pepper jelly. It’s best to place two tablespoons of the jelly into a small bowl so as not to contaminate the whole jar. You may need to spoon a small bit onto each piece of bacon and then spread it as it melts on the hot bacon.
Place bacon back in oven and turn on the broiler, watching closely, until the jelly bubbles, about 2 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined surface for just a minute to absorb the excess grease, then remove quickly or the bacon may harden on the paper towel.
Note: Do not serve Juicy Lucyfer Sliders too soon or the molten cheese may cause burns, do not wait too long or the burger may cool and the cheese will no longer be melty.
May be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to cook. Inspect each before placing on the rack to make sure they are still tightly sealed, dab dry if any juices have accumulated. Add 1 minute to the broiling time.
Keywords: Beef, Burgers, Cheese, Chipotle, Ground Beef, Hot Peppers, Juicy Lucy, pepper jack, Sandwiches