These sweet and spicy smoked turkey and cheddar sliders will literally make your life better! They’re made in under 30 minutes using deli style smoked turkey breast, smoked cheddar, cherry peppers and a sweet and smokey brown sugar chili glaze that’s baked onto fluffy Hawaiian buns! If you like my funeral sandwiches recipe that's viral on pinterest, you will LOVE these!
FYI: This recipe was shared because of a sponsored instagram post – this post is not itself sponsored – just wanted to share!
When Boarshead asked me to create a recipe using their new Bold PitCraft™ Slow Smoked Turkey Breast, I said yes in under a millisecond!
I live off of Boarshead lunch meat and had actually bought a pound of it the day before I got the email. The timing couldn't have been more perfect!
And to be honest, it's by far my favorite lunch meat to buy right now.
It's smokey, flavorful, and the texture is perfect! We've legit been eating it daily on sandwiches, wrapped around pickles with a schmear of hummus, and straight out of the bag.
But y'all, this recipe.... well this recipe is PURE HEAVEN!
I took the same approach that I use for my funeral roll recipe but added smokey and sweet undertones.
Instead of ham and swiss, we're using the Boarshead Smoked Turkey and Smoked Cheddar.
The glaze, while pretty much the same as the regular recipe, calls for chili powder which gives it a smokey, slightly spicy taste.
If my family hadn't come over to try one, I could have legit eaten the whole baking dish by myself!
Ingredients & Substitutions
(scroll all the way to the bottom for the exact measurements and printable recipe card)
- Salty Butter - You could use unsalted too. Just add a hefty pinch of salt.
- Brown Sugar - If you don't have brown sugar, you could use white if you must but I'd recommend brown sugar over any other sweetener.
- Chili Powder - You could use any type of chili powder you have - just watch out for the heat factor if you've got a crazy jar of hot chili powder.
- Dijon Mustard - I use a grainy Dijon because it gives it the perfect tang but you could also use honey mustard or a regular grainy mustard if you'd like!
- Worcestershire Sauce - No real substitution for this. I guess you could use fish sauce if you had to but you need the real stuff to make these smoked turkey cheddar sliders!
- Hawaiian Rolls - I like Hawaiian rolls because they're sweet and fluffy and they balance out the salty smokiness of this dish. However you could use yeast rolls or regular slider buns if you were in a pinch.
- Sliced Smoked Turkey - I'm using Boarshead smoked turkey breast that I got at the deli counter but you could also use smoked turkey breast if you're cookin' up a whole bird!
- Smoked Cheddar - If you can't find smoked cheddar you could either use regular sharp cheddar or smoked gouda.
- Cherry Peppers - If you can't find cherry peppers, you can use banana peppers or even the sweet heat banana peppers.
How to make them
Making these sweet and spicy baked smoked turkey cheddar sliders is super easy! And best of all, they can be done ahead of time or made right away -- whatever works best for you!
To begin, preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
Meanwhile, melt your butter and then whisk it together with brown sugar, chili powder, dijon mustard and worcestershire sauce.
Set this mixture aside and assemble your sandwiches.
Now grab a baking dish and pour in enough of the brown sugar chili sauce to coat the bottom of the pan; about 3-4 tbsp.
Personally I think these sandwiches are supposed to be a little soggy. But if you don't like them soggy, you can skip this step!
Then split the rolls down the middle and pull them apart.
Line the baking dish with the bottom portion of the buns.
Next, lay down the turkey evenly then top with the cheese
Put the upper half of the buns on top. Then pour the remaining brown sugar chili sauce on over them. Make sure to coat and soak each bun.
If you're not eating them right away, cover them tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
What Size Baking Dish Should I use?
I've been on the hunt to find the perfect sized baking dish for these types of baked sandwiches for years!
Luckily, Staub sent me a few new baking dishes to try out earlier this month. And to my surprise, one of them is literally the perfect, magical size for funeral sandwiches!
This size fits a whole pack of hawaiian buns and is only $30! It also fits a full pound of pasta which means it's perfect for any one of my baked feta pasta recipes or the ones that are inspired by it!
The dimensions that work best are around 10.5 x 7.5 inches or slightly larger.
If you're interested, you can buy the same Staub Baking Dish that I'm using from my Amazon Affiliates page!
What to Pair them with
These smoked turkey cheddar sliders can be served as a main dish or an appetizer.
If you're interested in the original recipe that this one was inspired by, you should def check out these funeral sandwiches with ham and swiss!
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Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Smoked Turkey Cheddar Sliders
Sweet & Spicy Smoked Turkey Cheddar Sliders
For the Sauce
- 1 stick salted butter melted
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
For the Sandwiches
- 1 pack Hawaiian Rolls (12 rolls)
- ¾ lb Deli Style Sliced Smoked Turkey such as Boarshead's new Bold PitCraft™ Slow Smoked Turkey Breast
- ½ lb Smoked Cheddar grated
- ½ cup cherry peppers chopped
For the Brown Sugar Dijon Sauce
- In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, chili powder, dijon mustard and worcestershire sauce and set aside.
For the Sandwiches
- Grease a baking pan and pour in enough of the brown sugar chili sauce to coat the bottom of the pan; about 3-4 tbsp.
- Split the rolls down the middle and pull them apart. Line the pan with the bottom portion of the buns.
- Lay down the turkey evenly then top with the smoked cheddar.
- Put the upper half of the buns on top and pour the remaining brown sugar chili sauce on top - making sure to coat and soak each bun. They can sit in the marinade for up to 24 hours.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F degrees and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cheese has melted.