Pulled Turkey Cranberry BBQ Sliders

For today’s third and final installment of my Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches series, I bring to you Pulled Turkey Cranberry BBQ Sliders – shredded turkey with a homemade cranberry barbecue sauce (made from leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce!) and piled onto fluffy Hawaiian dinner rolls.

The idea for cranberry barbecue sauce was inspired by fellow food bloggers Peef and Lo of BURP! Where Food Happens and the bluberry barbecue sauce they created this past summer.  I thought this was such a fabulous idea, so I adapted their recipe to accommodate the sweet-tartness of prepared whole berry cranberry sauce.  The sweet heat from the sauce is positively addictive.  Almost made me want to grill some turkey legs so I could baste some sauce onto ’em.  Next time for sure!

In case you missed them, be sure to check out the first two installments in my Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches series: Turkey, Cranberry & Havarti Panini and Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey, Avocado & Swiss Panini.

Pulled Turkey Cranberry BBQ Sliders
(Cranberry BBQ Sauce adapted from BURP! Where Food Happens)


1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon, jalapeño pepper, finely chopped, seeds removed
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Roast turkey, shredded
Hawaiian dinner rolls, halved lengthwise


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add onions and jalapeño and cook over medium heat until the onions have softened. Add garlic and continue to cook for approximately one minute. Add cranberry sauce, ketchup and mustard and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Remove from heat.

Toss the turkey with enough sauce to coat. Pile the turkey onto the dinner rolls to form little sandwich sliders. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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  1. Leftober turkey makes some of the best panini’s ou there!!!

    Posted 11.27.08 Reply
  2. HoneyB wrote:

    These sound great!

    Posted 11.27.08 Reply
  3. Oh my, pulled BBQ turkey on soft dinner rolls. Now that’s a good night of eating!

    Posted 11.27.08 Reply
  4. lo wrote:

    Gosh, Kathy – this is my kind of sammich!!

    Thanks for the props… I think cranberry BBQ sauce is a totally fantastic idea. Must try it!

    Posted 11.27.08 Reply
  5. RecipeGirl wrote:

    I’m lovin’ all of your turkey leftover recipes! Great looking ideas!!

    Posted 11.28.08 Reply
  6. Pam wrote:

    Oh my, these look delicious. Great recipe!

    Posted 11.28.08 Reply
  7. S. Lynne wrote:

    These sandwiches sound delicious! The cranberry barbecue sauce is a great idea. I can’t wait to try them.

    Posted 11.28.08 Reply
  8. Kim wrote:

    This is a great sandwhich! I missed the blueberry barbecue sauce over the summer, so glad that you mentioned it again. Seeing that I am in the South, the barbecue slider is a perfect meal!

    Posted 11.29.08 Reply
  9. sara wrote:

    This looks great! I just threw the rest of my cranberry sauce into gelatin with some peaches.

    Posted 11.30.08 Reply
  10. Sandie wrote:

    Love pulled pork sandwiches (especially topped with cole slaw) and the more I think about these pulled turkey panini sliders, the more I am in love with this idea!

    Posted 12.1.08 Reply
  11. Kaitlin wrote:

    oh my goodness those look SO good!!!!

    Posted 12.5.08 Reply
  12. Kristen wrote:

    This isn’t the one I voted for, but looking at that photo I’m wondering why the heck not? Wow – it looks amazing!

    Posted 12.6.08 Reply
  13. Curt wrote:

    Great sounding sandwich!

    Posted 12.7.08 Reply
  14. Jude wrote:

    Thanks for the recipe! I could already think of a few uses for the cran-bq sauce

    Posted 12.9.08 Reply
  15. Berti wrote:

    This sauce is AWESOME!!!! I did add about a tablespoon of Worcheshire sauce and loved every bite.

    Posted 11.18.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      So glad you liked it – the Worcestershire sounds like a great addition!

      Posted 11.18.11 Reply