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Bacon Cheddar Sliders with Smoked Maple BBQ Sauce

Four sliders with cheese, pickles and onions on a wood plate
Screenshot from "Un-Wine'd" season three episode six.

These juicy sliders are topped with a sweet BBQ sauce and will be a hit for any party, game or outdoor gathering. The recipe pairs well with Early Mountain Vineyards’ Foothills Red Blend and appears in this full episode of “ Un-Wine’d,” which airs Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on VPM PBS.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 T. cider vinegar
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ t. garlic salt
  • ½ t. onion salt
  • 3 T. Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ t Tabasco
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • 6 slices smoked bacon, finely minced
  • Saucepan

  • 1 ¼ lb ground beef (92 % lean and 8% fat)
  • ¾ t. salt
  • ½ t. pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese, cut into four pieces
  • 8 slider buns
  • 4 slices red onion, cut in two
  • 8 slices pickle (I use dill)
  • Baby butter lettuce
  • Roma tomato, cut into 8 slices


Step 1: In a saucepan, mix together the tomato sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, onion salt, Dijon mustard, Tabasco, and smoked paprika. Bring to a simmer and cook for about one hour or until thick.

Step 2: Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium-high.

Step 3: Finely mince the remaining four strips of bacon. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, minced bacon, salt and pepper.

Step 4: Divide into eight equal portions. Pat each portion into a patty a bit larger than the size of the bun.

Step 5: Grill on each side to the desired doneness. Top with cheddar cheese.

Step 6: While the burgers are grilling, prepare the buns by opening each one and spreading each side with BBQ sauce.

Step 7: On the bottom of the bun place the onion and pickle. Then add the burger, a slice of Roma tomato and a few pieces of baby butter lettuce.

Step 8: Serve and enjoy!

Makes 8 sliders. Serves 4.

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