Beef Short-Rib Sliders with Whiskey-Bacon Barbecue Sauce

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Yesterday was a gorgeous Sunday. Temperatures were about 75 degrees F, it was breezy and sunny with beautiful billowy clouds. Just a typical mild, Pacific Northwest, summer day. It was a nice day to linger, eat good food, read magazines and hang out.

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I semi-ignored the continually mounting paperwork on my desk so that I could work in my garden. My containers on the deck are doing so well. They make me smile every time I see the flowers blooming. Next time I’ll take pictures of the flowers on the bottom deck…all shade varieties and more exotic.

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It was either stare at our meadow, or do chores…guess what I chose?

But I did do some cooking and these sliders were on the top of my list. I actually started the meat in the slow-cooker the night before so that it was ready by morning. It made it so easy to get this going. A perfect summertime treat and the slow-cooker doesn’t heat up your house. Not that, that really matters in the Pacific Northwest (only some very select days).

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Anyway, the sliders…SO GOOD! And with that sauce…my oldest boy said, “Mom, what’s in that sauce, I love it?” I told him, “A lot of things you dislike, onions, coffee, tomatoes, whiskey (he would hate it if he tried it).” Ha-ha…he was shocked that it just tasted good, it was eye-opening for him…in a good way.

Of course I used my favorite bacon, Carlton Farms, thick-cut and smoked, I swear it makes everything taste good. We love us some bacon in this house!!

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You are going to love these! I used plain, crunchy, romaine lettuce instead of coleslaw because the sauce has enough “tang” on it’s own. However, a big crunchy dill pickle on the side and some salty, BBQ chips were a must!

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BBQ Short-Rib Sliders with Whiskey-Bacon Barbecue Sauce

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: Makes about 25 sliders

Ingredients

For the meat:

  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 6 pounds boneless beef short ribs

For the whiskey-bacon sauce

  • 1/2 pound Carlton Farms, thick-cut smoked bacon, or your favorite bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon spice mix (reserved from rib recipe above)
  • 1/3 cup Jack Daniel's whiskey
  • 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/3 cup reserved juice from rib recipe above.
  • romaine lettuce
  • slider buns

Directions

  • Add stock and wine to the slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine salt, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne, mustard powder and dark brown sugar. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of this mixture for the barbecue sauce. Add spice mix to the liquid in the slow-cooker and stir until incorporated. Add the meat, it should be completely covered in liquid (maybe a couple little pieces will stick out, it's okay). Turn slow-cooker on low for 8.5 hours. When finished, remove meat to a large cutting board and shred with two forks. Reserve 1/3 cup of the broth the meat cooked in for the barbecue sauce. Place shredded meat back into the slow cooker to keep warm.
  • For the barbecue sauce, heat a large, heavy-pan over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until bacon is browned and beginning to crisp. Add onion, cooking until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and crushed garlic. Cook about 2 minutes more. Add the rest of the ingredients (not the lettuce and buns, obviously) and bring to a very low simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add sauce to meat and incorporate fully. Place on slider buns and top with romaine lettuce.

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9 Comments and 6 Replies

  1. There is basically a zero-percent chance that these won’t be happening at our house this weekend. Yum!

  2. Barbie with a T 3

    I choose the deck also!! Beautiful view. I just love sliders. They are so easy to pop into your mouth. So small, the calories don’t count. ;-)

  3. Cathy, these look delicious! Your planters look gorgeous, too. It was a beautiful day!

  4. My husband would LOVE that whiskey-bacon sauce! I can’t wait to try that! Those sliders look so good!

  5. I want all of those!! These look great!

  6. Joy 10

    OMG! These are making my mouth water. DEEEEE-licious!

  7. These look fabulous!! Not to mention I love anything in slider form….I think it’s because it makes me think I can eat more!!

  8. Kelly 12

    If I want to skip the slow cooker and make these in a dutch oven is it just the same recipe?

  9. Heather 14

    Getting ready to start these this morning. I read the recipe to my husband and I have never seen him smile so big over me cooking

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