Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Chipotle Aioli

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner and Bob is already thinking of new recipes and how to tweak some of our “oldies but goodies.”

The reasons I think Bob enjoys hosting Super Bowl parties so much are:

  1. Great excuse to hang with friends
  2. Watch the game
  3. Experiment with new recipes
  4. Hold our friends hostage and force them to try his newest concoctions from his kitchen

I really think it’s #4 – having a captive audience to give feedback on his tasty bites is something he really enjoys.

In Las Vegas we can grill almost year round without fighting inclement weather so grilling for our guests is a must {sort of like tail gating before the big game}. Each year we try to find a theme and build our food around it and this year we will be dishing up different sliders.

Below is a tasty recipe for Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Chipotle Aioli, which is a must if we are doing sliders as our friends LOVE these. This year I wanted to add onion crisps to them to see how they would taste with the spicy of the BBQ sauce and the coolness of the aioli.

Bob and I headed out to Smart and Final for some weekend shopping to buy a few things needed for our experimental recipe weekend. We bought a 5 pound chub of First Street 73% ground beef and the other items we needed to complete this recipe. BTW, I was really excited to see my favorite sweet rolls in a 24 pack, rather than the 12 pack that I normally buy. {1/2 for the recipe and 1/2 to snack on while I cook – you laugh but that really happened.}

Ready to start grilling?

TIP: Be sure to have some extra napkins laying around because these Bourbon BBQ Sliders can be a “smidge messy.”


Bourbon BBQ Sliders With Chipotle Aioli
Chipotle Aioli
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 tablesppon lemon juice
  • 1 chipotle, finely chopped
  • 1 cloves of garlic, pressed
Onion Crisps
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar {add more to taste if needed}
  • ¼ cup bourbon {add more to taste if needed}
  • ¼ of onion / pepper mixture
  • 1 pound First Street ground beef {73%}
  • 1 package of sweet rolls
  • butter
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  2. First, prepare the chipotle aioli so that the flavors have a chance to "meld" in the refrigerator. Add the pressed garlic, lemon juice and chopped chipotle pepper to your mayonnaise and mix together until blended well. Cover and place in refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
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  4. I love using my mandolin to slice the onion on the thinnest setting. If you don't use a mandolin, try to make sure the slices are even so you don't have onions that are undercooked, overcooked and just right.
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  6. When making a mixture to dredge an item in I always use a paper plate so I can throw the mess away for easier clean up. Mix your dry ingredients together and be sure that you mix them thoroughly. Dip your onions into the buttermilk and then dredge through your spiced flour mixture.
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  8. Being from the south, everything is buttermilk and cast iron and I used both to prepare my onion crisps. You can choose what you want to make your onion crisps such as a deep fryer or a small pot with oil. Whatever your method is be sure to watch them because they crisp up fast.
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  10. Once my onion crisps are finished, I move on to sauteĂ© the onion, serrano pepper and garlic which will be used in my hamburger mixture AND my *Bourbon BBQ sauce*. Remember - use ¼ of the mixture in the ground beef mixture and then use the remainder for the BBQ sauce.
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  12. Take your onion / pepper / garlic mixture and stir in your BBQ sauce, brown sugar and bourbon. Depending on which BBQ sauce you choose to use as your base, this spicy sauce may need to be adjusted with adding more brown sugar {or more Bourbon}.
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  14. After cooking the onion / pepper /garlic mixture is cooled I add ¼ of the onion / pepper mixture and a *little bit* of the BBQ sauce into the ground beef. Does this change the taste? Not sure but I like to think it does. If you want to add some, DO NOT add too much or your ground beef will not stay together. Trust me...
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  16. Each pound of ground beef should make 8 sliders. Honestly, I like my sliders a little smaller and normally try to make at least 10 per pound of ground beef. {NOTE: If you buy the 5 pound chub of *First Street ground beef*, you should have about 40 - 50 sliders.}
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  18. Now we are grillin'! I add my ground beef balls to the grill and then smash them a bit to flatten them a little. You use can this method or flatten them before you add to the grill. Sliders cook fast so be sure to keep an eye on them so they don't over cook. At the very end add butter to your sweet rolls and grill for a few seconds and serve!

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  1. says

    Looks yummy! I love aioli on anything. We’re hosting a family Super Bowl party this year. My dad wants sloppy joes – I’d rather have these!

    • says

      They were fab — I do not eat a lot of beef but really enjoyed all the different flavors

  2. says

    Ooh! looks yummy! I love sliders! and it actually has ingredients I know I can find in the grocery store!

  3. says

    That sauce looks really good! I have tasted the sliders at Applebees, and loved them. I will have to give these a try!

    • says

      They are yummy but I am the only beef eater in my family so when I make them, I need an occasion. :-)

  4. says

    Billie, thank you for linking up to the Weekend Kitchen Link Party and congratulations on being one of the featured recipes! These look so good…and David LOVES chipotle, so I’m definitely saving. I look forward to seeing what you link up this week!

  5. says

    Those look delicious! And thanks for reminding me about Smart & Final – we have those stores in my area, but they are a bit out of the way. One of these days I’ll have to stop by again and see if it’s worth a regular trip there!

  6. says

    Those look so good. I would have to leave out the onions but I would definitely be making these in the summer.

  7. says

    That sauce looks so good! :) found you via link party…glad i did! newest follower here!

    • says

      It’s yummy even if you don’t like bourbon {which I don’t} – it’s very rich!

  8. says

    Great Sliders, they look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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