Spicy Chicken Sliders
This Spicy Chicken Sliders recipe is perfect for Labor Day BBQ . You only need a few ingredients and most of the work can be done ahead of time.
I start with a couple whole chickens (about 4-5lbs ea). Remove the chickens from the packaging and discard the giblets. Trim away any excess fat from the neck or cavity area and pat the outer skin dry with paper towels.
Spray the skin with vegetable cooking spray and season with a good dose of Killer Hogs Hot Rub (substitute your favorite spicy seasoning if you want).
Prepare your grill or smoker for indirect cooking at 325 degrees. I used my Traeger pellet grill running on Pecan pellets for flavor. The important part here is to maintain the temperature at 350 degrees for the skin to cook properly.
Place the chickens on the cooking grate and cook for 30 minutes. At this point, insert a wired cooking probe into the breast of one of the birds. I used a Thermoworks DOT for this cook. Continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees in the breast. Before removing from the grill, verify the internal temperature with a handheld thermometer (I use a Thermapen for accuracy).
Carefully take the chickens off the pit and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Rest on the counter for 20 minutes; then pull the chicken apart by hand (wear some cotton glove liners under nitrile gloves).
To build the spicy chicken sliders I use Hawaiian slider rolls. Separate the roll and start with a few slices of dill pickles. Top with a good heaping of the pulled chicken drizzled with a spicy white sauce.
Spicy White BBQ Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon White Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
- 1/2 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground White Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- Juice of 1 lemon
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and whisk. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Sauce will keep up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Place a few slices of pickled red onion on top and the remaining bun top and skewer with a toothpick to hold everything together.
You can assemble this prior to serving or set it up “bar” style for your guests to build their own. 1 chicken will make enough sliders for 8-10 people.