Bourbon Steak Sliders is a type of slider prepared with bourbon marinated grilled steaks sandwiched together with aioli, sriracha, rocket salad and pickled onions.
So what is a slider? Is it really just a small burger? Let’s find out. The official definition of a slider is “a very small meat sandwich typically served on a bun especially : a small hamburger”. So, basing on the definition a small burger can be a slider, but it can be more than that, as official burger meaning says that its main composition is a patty, but a slider is not restricted to just that.
Slider first came into light during the 1980’s and it was used to describe the onion-steamed small burgers at White Castle restaurants. During those times Americans were hesitant to eat minced beef which is the primary ingredient of burgers, this is because of the 1906 novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair which describes the poor sanitation practices of the meat packing industry. White Castle wanted to change that perception by selling five cent small burgers until the 1940’s, price increased to ten cents and the burgers became much smaller, during this time it was heavily promoted by different sorts of advertisements and offering coupons similar to those coupon deals that we have today. It became a sensation and the rest follows.
Since then different variations of slider came out where households filled it with any ingredients you might think of, patties, beef, chicken and fish are just some examples. Today we will be preparing them with a good meat filling made with Scotch fillet or what other called Rib eye, marinated in Bourbon and served with picked red onions for a nice tang, sriracha for some heat and aioli to add creaminess, and this my friend would be one of the best sliders you will ever try.
In a non-reactive bowl combine water, bourbon whiskey, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice, mix well.
Add the steaks in the bowl, coat evenly then cover bowl with cling wrap. Place in the refrigerator then marinate overnight.
Remove the steak from the refrigerator one hour prior to cooking. Remove excess marinade then cook steaks on a prepared grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking. Remove steaks from heat then let it rest.
While steaks are resting combine white vinegar and sugar together in bowl, mix well then add the red onions.
Prepare your buns, slice in half.
Slice your steaks then set it aside.
Assemble the sliders, put a tablespoon of aioli in the bottom, top with rocket salad, then the steak, then the pickled red onions and top it with sriracha. Put the half of the bun on top then serve.