So a cow, a pig, and a chicken walk into a bar and the bartender phones his chef friend to make him some amazing sliders.
We’ve all made burgers before, pulled pork sandwiches and no one could agree on what one to make. We did the next best thing, make three sliders! A smoked pulled pork slider with homemade BBQ sauce, a Buffalo Wing slider and a Beef Burger with homemade bacon jam to finish it off.
Big shout out to Mrs. Canuck for making the slider buns homemade! Apparently, you can’t find slider buns in the middle of winter in Northern Ontario.
Read below for all the details you need to pull off your own slider party.
Pulled Pork Slider
Step 1 – Make the pulled pork or beg for some pulled pork.
large pork butt or shoulder
your favorite pork rub
Bring pork to room temperature and rub seasoning over pork
Follow smoker instructions and smoke pork for 6-8 hours
Put pork in oven tightly covered at 300 for 3-4 hours until it pulls apart tender with a fork.
Step 2 – Coleslaw
package coleslaw mix
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp of celery seed
1 tbsp of sugar, we like our coleslaw very tart, adjust to taste
dash or salt and pepper
Put vinegar, celery seed, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small pot and bring to a boil.
Pour hot over the coleslaw mix and stir.
Place in fridge for 2-3 hours to soak up all the flavor.
Step 3 – BBQ Sauce
There is only one BBQ sauce we use in the house when it comes to ribs, chicken and pulled pork. It’s one I’ve been using for 10+ years and here is the recipe.
1 onion, diced fine
2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup apple juice or apple sauce
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard powder
Cook onion with a little bit of oil till it’s soft, about 5 mins.
Add all other ingredients and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes stirring every so often as not to burn.
Step 4 – Assembly
Split your slider bun and toast with a little bit of butter on a hot pan.
Add pulled pork and drizzle some sauce on the top.
Top with coleslaw.
Bacon Jam & Smoked Cheddar Burger Slider
Step 1 – Bacon Jam
1 lbs bacon
2 large sweet onions, sliced thick or thin, you choose; we like thick.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup strong coffee
2 – 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Cook the bacon in a large skillet until cooked but not crispy, it needs to have some give to it.
Take out the bacon and drain most of the bacon fat, leave 1 tbsp to start the onions.
Return pan that the bacon was cooked in and set to medium heat and cook onions for 8-10 minutes
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and cook for 20 minutes until onions are caramelized.
Add coffee, vinegar, and cooked bacon to pan and cook until it resembles a thick jam, stir every 5 minutes. This should take 10-15 minutes.
Step 2 – Burger
I typically don’t do anything to my ground beef when making burgers. I believe you need to let the meat speak for itself, no eggs, no bread crumbs, just beef and good old fat.
1/2 lbs ground beef for 6 slider burgers
smoked cheddar cheese
bacon jam from above
6 slider buns
Take medium ground beef and form into a patty.
Heat a frying pan medium-high heat, season burgers with salt and pepper and place in pan.
Fry burgers until the juices run clear, living in Canada we cook our burgers to well done, just don’t go WELL done and turn them into hockey pucks, eh!
Sprinkle the cheese on the burgers to get melted and gooey.
Step 3 – Assembly
I’m pretty sure you know how this goes, but just in case you don’t.
Split bun and toast with a little butter in a hot pan.
Put cooked burger and cheese on the bun.
Put bacon jam on the burger.
Put the top on bun, burger, jam and squash down.
Buffalo Chicken Slider
Step 1 – Shredded Buffalo Chicken Breast
4 chicken breasts
1 cup Franks Buffalo Wing sauce, 1/2 cup to cook and 1/2 cup once shredded.
Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing.
Add chicken, onions and 1/2 cup Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce to a slow cooker or heavy dutch oven.
Cook for 4 hours if using a slow cooker on low or 300 in the oven for 2 hours.
Take chicken out and shred using two forks.
Put chicken back in the pot and add the other 1/2 cup Frank’s to the shredded chicken, keep warm until you are ready to plate.
Step 2 – Assembly
Same as above sliders, toast the buns with a bit of butter in frying pan.
Pile on a good serving of chicken to the slider bun.
That is, if Frank’s Red Hot Sauce took at trip to Italy flying out of Buffalo.
On the menu tonight was one of our favorite pizzas, Buffalo Wing Pizza. We usually do a Buffalo blue cheese, but in this case with limited access to blue stinky cheese in Moosonee, we had to make due. Remember, when life won’t give you lemons…
We prefer to use a dough that takes a few days in the fridge to develop that great pizza chew and texture we all love from a great pizza place. This is the recipe I’ve followed and my go-to for perfect pizzeria crust. I usually make it in batches and freeze it for when the mood strikes.
Here’s where you can get mild to wild. You have two options here, blue cheese lovers and haters.
Stinky Moldy Cheese Lovers
1 cup blue cheese dressing, try and use a good quality like Rene’s
1 cup Franks Red Hot
splash of ketchup if you find it too hot, you wimp.
The Cheese Haters
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup Franks Red Hot
Ketchup to taste if you still haven’t put on your big boy pants.
1.5-2 cups shredded chicken
1/2 red onion
1 red pepper
1-2 cups pizza mozzarella cheese
1/2 Monterey jack cheese, cheddar or some other melty cheese
handful of blue cheese chunks
mushrooms, only because it was there.
I’m sure you get the idea how to make a pizza, but just in case this is your first time!
Warm the oven to 500° and put the rack on the bottom.
Roll out the dough, we prefer 14″ Lagostina pans and thin crust.
Gently sauce the bottom with your stinky or non-stinky sauce.
Lay down the shredded mozzarella cheese.
Toss chicken in 2-3 tbsp sauce and place on top of the pizza.
Red onion time.
Red peppers next.
Monterey jack or the other cheese you decided on in the grocery store last minute.
Toss that bad boy in the oven and cook for 10-11 minutes.
Move to top rack for 5-7 minutes to brown.
The Money Shot
Any variations to this pizza that you like or have tried, please share!