BBQ Spaghetti Squash Sliders

Who needs meat to make a delicious slider? These vegetarian squash sliders are sweet, tangy and messy. If you can't find mini slider buns, slice hot dog buns into thirds.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

1 small spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds)

Kosher salt 

3/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons mayonnaise

1/4 small head red cabbage, finely chopped

1/4 small red onion, finely chopped

24 mini slider buns

1 English cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F; line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Halve the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Season the flesh generously with salt and brush with 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce. Arrange flesh-side down on the prepared baking sheet and roast until tender and the squash strands are easily separated with a fork, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet. 
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the maple syrup, tomato paste, 2/3 cup of the vinegar, remaining 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, a pinch of salt and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm. 
  4. Mix together the mayonnaise, cabbage, onion and remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar in a medium bowl. Season with salt. 
  5. Use a fork to separate the squash strands (keep them in the skins). Divide 1 1/4 cups of the sauce between the 2 halves and mix until the squash strands are coated. Season with salt. 
  6. Slice the buns open about three-quarters of the way. Divide the cucumber slices among the buns. Fill each with a generous amount of the squash and top with some slaw. Serve with extra sauce on the side. 

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