I became seriously nervous when I saw that Pat had bought all that bacon. One pound went into the potato salad and the other was used for candied bacon. The idea for candied bacon on a pineapple-jalapeno margarita was brilliant. To make the candied bacon he just coated the pieces of bacon in brown sugar, lied them flat on a baking sheet covered in foil, and cooked them in the oven until the sugar had caramelized and the bacon was cooked through. The jalapenos added a nice heat to the margarita (though I added a little more to mine for an extra kick), and the candied bacon was certainly an interesting and delicious garnish. Candied bacon is definitely making an appearance at the next bacon party.
Pat used a family recipe for the German potato salad, and I hated to admit that it was one of the best potato salads I've tasted. He also grilled up some steak, onions, and peppers and the slider and created a lovely blue cheese concoction for the slider. The steak was cooked perfectly--nice and rare--and the sauce was . As I sampled and enjoyed Pat and Sonya's culinary creations I started to worry that I was about to be put to shame in this slider throwdown.
It was time to the face the judges--who do you think would win? Would it be my mango-avocado dip with fried wonton chips, hibiscus margarita, and seared Ahi tuna slider? Or would it be Sonya's waldorf salad, apple-pear margarita, and sausage slider? Or would it be Pat's German potato salad, jalapeno-pineapple margarita with candied bacon, and grilled steak slider? Place your bets!