Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders
Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders from the Pioneer Woman!


Back near the end of the holidays (football playoffs and bowl games), we were looking for some fun snack foods to serve for a potential Super Bowl party, and one of the things we thought of was sliders.  Colleen found a recipe from the Pioneer Woman (who we’ve done several recipes from) that was called “Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders,” and since SpicyWhiskey, and BBQ happen to be three of our favorite words, it immediately moved to the front of the line!

We tried it out and were very, very pleased.  A good, but not overwhelming level of spice, with a tangy bbq flavor.  We’ve discussed trying to grill the burgers, rather than basically frying them in butter, in an attempt to make them slightly healthier and easier to fit into  our meal plan, but really haven’t figured out how to do it without losing the incredibly wonderful flavor of the butter and meat grease mixed into the sauce.  So just make this dish one of those exceptions for special occasions—like a football game, or when you just want some kick-ass sliders.

Not to state the obvious, but these could clearly be done as full size burgers as well, but then they wouldn’t also be as cute and party friendly.  You could probably also do it with turkey burgers or something–just don’t do it with tofu patties, or we won’t let you read our blog anymore…

Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Raw materials for Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders.
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Stuff prepped and staged for cooking.
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Sliders frying in butter…
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Take out of skillet the first time before all the pink is gone.
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Onions swimming in whiskey!
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Whiskey gets reduced to about this…
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
BBQ sauce and jalapenos added to onion mixture.
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Mmmmm… Saucy!!!
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
Sauce coated sliders are ready to serve!
Spicy Bourbon Sliders
These were so good! We had three apiece, but if we were behaving, we would have probably just had two…
Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders
Weight Watchers Info: 11 PointsPlus per slider.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey or bison, I suppose)
  • Salt and Pepper (or steak seasoning)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Sweet onion, diced
  • ½ Cup whiskey
  • 1 Cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ Cup jarred jalapeno slices (more if you want extra bite)
  • 6 Whole slider buns
  1. Form meat into 6 patties and salt and pepper (or otherwise season) both sides.
  2. Melt butter in cast iron (or other heavy) skillet, and cook patties until almost done on both sides–don’t fully cook.
  3. Remove patties from skillet, and drain all but two tablespoons or so of the grease, then return skillet to the stove.
  4. Saute onions in skillet until translucent.
  5. Pour in whiskey (turn off flames momentarily, if using a gas stove), stir with onions, and allow to reduce by half (2-3 minutes)
  6. Stir in jalapenos and bbq sauce.
  7. Reduce heat to low and return patties to sauce, turning to thoroughly coat. Let sauce get good and hot and thick.
  8. Place patties on buns, spoon extra sauce on each one and eat!
The original recipe used this amount of sauce with 2 pounds of meat. I halved the meat (since there were only two of us), but wanted the full amount of sauce--and was glad I did. I don't think there would have been enough sauce if I'd halved it as well.

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