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Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders


We served these appetizers at theLouisville Tailgate Tour stop. A Kentucky hot brown is traditionally made as a hot, open faced sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomato, and mornay sauce. In order to feed a lot of people, I decided to make a spin-off of the Kentucky Hot Brown and turn them into sliders. Kentucky Hot Browns have tomatoes, which I decided to leave out. I also didn’t make a Mornay sauce, but instead I used sliced cheese- Swiss or pepper jack are both great options. This is my take on a Kentucky Hot Brown and it turned out to be a delicious, crowd-pleaser!



  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 Cup kosher salt
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 Sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 Sprigs thyme
  • 1 Bunch sage
  • ¼ Cup peppercorns
  • 8 Cloves of garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 orange


  1. Mix together your brine. Add the salt to the pot of water and place it over medium heat. Stir with a whisk until the salt is dissolved. Once dissolved, add in other brine ingredients. Let it sit until the brine is at room temperature or colder. Add in your turkey, cover, and place in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
  2. The next day, remove the turkey from the brine, generously coat the turkey breast in Crove Food Co. Poultry Rub & Seasoning on all sides. Leave the turkey sitting out and bring to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the Hasty Bake to 250 degrees Fahrenheit using Cowboy Charcoal Briquettes with Cowboy Charcoal Applewood Chunks for extra smoked flavor.
  4. Place turkey on the grill until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove the turkey from the grill and let it rest for about twenty min.
  6. Slice the turkey.
  7. Fry bacon in a skillet, then crumble into small pieces.
  8. Start layering the sliders in a metal pan. Remove the tops of the sliders. Layer in this order: bottom of sliders, sliced turkey, cheese, crumbled bacon, tops of sliders.
  9. Mix together melted butter and Crove Food Co. Beef Rub & Seasoning, then brush that on top of the sliders.
  10. Place the metal pan directly on the grill and cook the sliders until the cheese is melted.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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