Pulled Turkey Cranberry BBQ Sliders

by on November 27, 2008

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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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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bellini Valli November 27, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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


2 HoneyB November 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm

These sound great!


3 Culinary Cory November 27, 2008 at 9:01 pm

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


4 lo November 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm

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!


5 RecipeGirl November 28, 2008 at 1:04 pm

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


6 Pam November 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Oh my, these look delicious. Great recipe!


7 S. Lynne November 28, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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


8 Kim November 29, 2008 at 5:01 am

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!


9 sara November 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

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


10 Sandie December 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm

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!


11 Kaitlin December 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

oh my goodness those look SO good!!!!


12 Kristen December 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

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


13 Curt December 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Great sounding sandwich!


14 Jude December 9, 2008 at 4:09 pm

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


15 Berti November 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

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


16 Kathy November 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

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


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