Friday, August 28, 2015

BBQ Chicken Sliders

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Football season is upon us, and that means one of my favorite food times of the year, TAILGATING!  There's just something special about getting together with family and friends, dressing in your favorite school or team colors, firing up the grill, and having a great time!  That's why I love my BBQ Chicken Sliders w/a Coca-Cola Sauce. 

A stack of the BBQ chicken sliders, on a wood cutting board, with the bbq sauce and a can of Coke behind it and the title above.

With just a few simple ingredients you're going to have the perfect tailgating treat.  And the best part is you can do the cooking the day before to save yourself some time on game day!  I know you're going to love these and I can't wait to share with you my great idea for a family friendly beverage bar!

Let's Get's started!  

The coke on the shelf in SAMS Club.

Since this is a party I headed to Sam's Club.

You can't beat Sam's Club when it comes to party planning.  You'll find everything you need, in larger quantities, and you can't beat the prices.  In my family there is no tailgate party without some ice cold Coca-Cola, and I love the new 28 pack that Sam's has to offer, it's perfect for my game day festivities. I grabbed what I needed and headed home to make my sliders!

BBQ Chicken Sliders w/a BBQ Sauce:
*Prep Time: 10 min.  *Cook Time:  30 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 12 sliders


The ingredients needed to make the BBQ chicken sliders.

  •  2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 c. Ketchup
  • 1 c. Coca-Cola
  • 1/4 c. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 12 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 Slices of Bacon, cooked
  • Salt & Pepper
It would be easy to buy your favorite bottled sauce and "doctor" it up, yes.  However, there is something really special about serving a homemade sauce at a BBQ.  I love this Coca-Cola Sauce because with just a few simple ingredients you have a delicious sauce that tastes like you spent hours cooking it.  

Ketchup being added to a pot for the bbq sauce.

To begin you will need to pour your ketchup into a sauce pan.

I used this delicious homemade ketchup my friend Katie made me, but any store bought brand will do.

Coke being added to the pot for the bbq sauce.

To the ketchup you will need to add the Coca-Cola and ...

Worcestershire sauce being added to the pot for the bbq sauce.

Worcestershire Sauce.

Garlic powder being added to the pot for the bbq sauce

Now let's add our spices.
You will need Garlic Powder,

Onion powder being added to the pot for the bbq sauce.

Onion Powder,

Salt being added to the pot for the BBQ sauce


Smoked paprika being added to the pot for the bbq sauce

And Smoked Paprika.

All the ingredients in the pot for the bbq sauce being whisked together.

Whisk everything together until smooth.

The BBQ sauce, in the pot, on the stove, simmering.

Now you can place the pot over a medium/high heat and bring to a simmer.

The bbq sauce simmering on the stove.

Simmer for 30 minutes, until the sauce reduces by half.
If you want a thicker sauce you can simmer this for up to an hour.

The finished bbq sauce.

After 30 minutes you will have this beautiful, silky, and flavorful Coca-Cola BBQ sauce.

a chicken breast, on a cutting board.

Now for the chicken.
Each Chicken Breast will yield 6 sliders.

The chicken breast cut into 6 sections.

I cut each breast in half, like an open book.  Cut each side into two pieces.  Then I cut the thicker end of the breast in half again.

The chicken being seasoned with salt.

Season the chicken with salt and...

The chicken being seasoned with pepper.


The Chicken on the grill.

Now you are ready to grill.
Preheat the grill on medium/high heat, and oil the grates with an old dish towel.
Cook the chicken on each side for 2-3 minutes.

The grilled chicken being basted with the bbq sauce.

After you have flipped the chicken, you can go ahead and brush with the sauce.

The grilled bbq chicken on the grill.

Make sure you brush both sides and I like to let it cook for a minute or two longer to allow the sauce to caramelize.

The grilled bbq chicken in the pot of sauce.

It is at this point that you can store for the next day if you want.
Simply place the chicken pieces back into the pot of sauce, and all you will have to do on game day is heat the chicken through in the sauce.

The Hawaiian rolls for the bbq chicken sliders.

To assemble the sliders cut the Hawaiian sweet rolls in half.

The grilled bbq chicken on the buns.

Then place a piece of chicken on the bottom of each roll.

Cheese being added to the bbq chicken sliders.

Place a piece of cheddar on each piece of chicken.
I actually cut each slice into quarters.

bacon being added to the bbq chicken sliders.

Then place a half of a slice of bacon on each slider.

The finished bbq chicken sliders on a cutting board.

Place the top of the roll on each slider.

The stacked, finished, BBQ Chicken Sliders on a cutting board with the bbq sauce in the background.

And there you have it!  Delicious BBQ Chicken Sliders with a homemade Coca-Cola sauce.
The flavor of the sauce is the perfect harmony of sweet, spicy, and smokey.  And the fact that they are bite-sized make them PERFECT for tailgating!

All the ingredients needed for the Coca-Cola Bar.

But I'm not done there!  With the perfect tailgating treat, you're going to need the perfect tailgating drink.  Nothing is going to go better with these sliders than ice cold Coca-Cola.  And to keep things fun for everyone, I created this great Coke Bar!

The syrup bottles for the Coca-Cola Bar

I made raspberry, cherry, and vanilla simple syrups to create all of the popular Coke flavors.

A picture of the coca-cola bar.

Then I cut up some lime wedges and set out some Marciano cherries for people to garnish their drinks.  I put out a bucket of ice in case anyone wanted to transfer the Coke "mocktail" to a cup and got these adorable straws!  Can I just say that out of ALL the beverages you may have available, this will be BY FAR the most popular place to be.

The Finished BBQ Chicken Sliders on a wood cutting board with the BBQ sauce in the

With these mouthwatering BBQ Chicken Sliders, and this super fun Coke Bar, your next tailgating event is sure to be the one everyone is talking about this football season.  So head on over to Sam's Club, grab some Coca-Cola, and give this a try!  Also, I would love to hear about all of the creative ways you use Coca-Cola at your sporting events!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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