Smoky Maple BBQ Chicken Sliders

Make this sweet and tangy BBQ chicken for any of the major summer holidays. The best part – it’s warm and waiting in your crock pot, so no sweating over a hot grill. Using rotisserie chicken cuts down on the work, and ensures a soft and tender result.

Smoky Maple BBQ Chicken Sliders

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Make this sweet and tangy BBQ chicken for any of the major summer holidays. The best part – it's warm and waiting in your crock pot, so no sweating over a hot grill. Using rotisserie chicken cuts down on the work, and ensures a soft and tender result.
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Course Main Course
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • ½ tsp caraway seed
  • 15- ounce can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, light or dark
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat picked from the bone and shredded

For serving:

  • 12 slider buns, or 6 regular sized buns
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Crumbled blue cheese or cheese of choice
  • Chopped or pickled jalapenos, optional
  • Your favorite hot sauce

Instructions
 

  • Warm the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the chopped onion and 1 tsp of the salt and cook for 8-10 minutes over medium heat until softened. Stir in the garlic, mustard powder and caraway seeds and cook one more minute. Stir in the tomato puree, cider vinegar, maple syrup, brown sugar, liquid smoke, black pepper, and remaining 1 tsp salt and bring to a simmer. Partially cover to avoid splatters, and let cook until very thick, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Put the chicken in your slow cooker and stir in the sauce and remaining 1 tbsp maple syrup. Set the heat to low and let it cook for at least an hour, turning the setting to “warm” after an hour until ready to serve. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve buffet style with buns, shredded cabbage, cheese and chilis if desired.
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