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Cranberry BBQ Sauce Turkey Sliders

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Celery Apple Slaw:

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 celery ribs, thinly sliced

1 granny smith apple, cored but not peeled, cut into 2-inch matchsticks

Cranberry BBQ Sliders:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large shallot, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup Cranberry Sauce, recipe follows

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 cups shredded turkey

12 sweet dinner rolls

Cranberry Sauce:

One 1-pound bag fresh or frozen cranberries

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cinnamon stick

1 orange, zested and juiced


  1. For the sauce: Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, oil, celery, apples, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside while you make the sliders.
  2. For the sliders: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the cranberry sauce, ketchup, vinegar, Dijon, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and carefully pour the sauce into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  3. Place the turkey into a large bowl and pour the sauce over the turkey, stirring to coat evenly with the sauce. To serve, spoon a 1/4 cup of the turkey onto the bottom half of the rolls, garnish with 2 tablespoons of the slaw and top with the top half of the roll.

Cranberry Sauce:

  1. Combine the cranberries, maple syrup cinnamon, orange zest and orange juice in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Turn the burner off. Using the back of your spoon, lightly mash the cranberries to desired consistency. Chill until ready to serve.

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