BBQ Beef Sliders

BBQ Beef Sliders with Crispy Onions and Pickles

Short rib braised in your favorite barbecue sauce then packed in slider buns will have you winning your next tailgate.


BBQ Beef Sliders

  • 2 pounds Boneless Short Rib Large Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Favorite Steak Seasoning (or use our blend below)
  • 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • ½ Large Onion, Small Diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Favorite BBQ Sauce (or use our sauce below)
  • 4-6 Cups Beef Stock or Broth, Low Sodium
  • 12 Slider Buns, Toasted
  • 1 Cup Crispy Onions
  • Bread & Butter Pickles, As Desired

BBQ Sauce

  • 2 Cups Ketchup or Chili Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons Favorite Steak Seasoning (or use our blend below)
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

Steak Seasoning Blend

  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper, Ground
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Seed, Crushed


Makes 12 sliders

BBQ Beef Sliders:

  1. In a large sauce pot, heat the canola oil over medium heat.  Season the short rib with the steak seasoning and add to the pot searing and caramelizing the beef on all sides.
  2. Remove the beef from the pan and reserve. 
  3. Add the onion to the sauce pot and season lightly with salt.  Cook 3-5 minutes until tender.  Add the chopped garlic and sauté an additional minute.  Add the beef back to the sauce pot and pour over the bbq sauce and 4 cups of the beef stock or broth. 
  4. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat to low.  Cover the pan slightly and allow the beef to simmer for 3-4 hours until tender and the sauce has reduced in full.  If needed add more stock to the beef as it braises. 
  5. Allow the beef to cool slightly and then shred it using two forks and pulling the meat apart.  Mix with the sauce and taste.  Season if needed. 
  6. Build your sliders by adding the braised bbq beef to the slider buns and top with pickles and crispy onions.

BBQ Sauce:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

Steak Seasoning Blend:

  1. Mix all spices together in a mixing bowl until combined.


Nutrition information per serving, 12 servings: 406 Calories; 12.0 g Total Fat (4.0 g Saturated Fat; 0.5 g Trans Fat; 1.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 3.5 g Monounsaturated Fat); 31.0 mg Cholesterol; 933.0 mg Sodium; 57.0 g Total Carbohydrate; 1.4 g Dietary Fiber; 16.5 g Total Sugars; 14.4 g Added Sugars; 19.0 g Protein; 82.6 mg Calcium; 3.7 mg Iron; 536.0 mg Potassium; 4.0 mcg Vitamin D; 0.3 mg Riboflavin; 3.9 mg Niacin NE; 0.3 mg Vitamin B6; 1.1 mcg Vitamin B12; 131.0 mg Phosphorus; 2.9 mg Zinc; 9.2 mcg Selenium; 50.8 mg Choline

A serving of this recipe provides an excellent source of protein, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12, iron, zinc and vitamin D as well as a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, phosphorus and selenium.

Chef Ryan Clark