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Caribbean Sliders by Chef Eddie Jackson

Celebrate the football season with a Caribbean flair! Former NFL pro and now renowned Chef Eddie Jackson brings a unique twist to the classic slider with his Caribbean-inspired recipe. These sliders are perfect for tailgating, game day gatherings, or even just a fun dinner at home.


for the sliders:

  • 16 ounces ground chuck
  • 1 1/2 tsps. each of:
  • ground allspice
  • cayenne pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • brown sugar
  • dried thyme
  • 2 tsps. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsps. melted butter
  • 8 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • Brioche slider buns for serving
  • Non-stick spray for grill/pan

for the jerk ketchup:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. each of:
  • ground allspice
  • cayenne
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • brown sugar
  • dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Juice of 1 lime

for the red ale onion rings:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz. red ale beer
  • 2 large vidalia onions
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. each of:
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • 4 cups canola oil


  1. Prepare the Sliders: Preheat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. In a bowl, mix beef with all the spices. Form into eight 2-ounce patties, pressing the center of each with your thumb to create an indent. Spray the grill or grill pan. Grill sliders for 2-3 minutes each side, adding cheese to the second side. Remove and let them rest.
  2. Toast the Buns: Rub the buns with butter using a pastry brush. Grill for two minutes or until lightly toasted.
  3. Make the Jerk Ketchup: Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cook the Red Ale Onion Rings: Heat canola oil in a large 7-quart dutch oven to 350 degrees. Peel and slice onions into rings. In a bowl, combine flour, kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Whisk in beer. Dip onion rings into the batter, draining off excess. Fry in hot oil, flipping every 30 seconds until golden brown (2-3 minutes). Drain on a rack and sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Assemble the Sliders: Layer jerk ketchup on both buns, add a slider, and top with an onion ring.

This slider recipe with its spicy kick and crispy onion rings is bound to be the star of your tailgating party. Enjoy the game and your meal!

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