Mouthwatering Reuben Sliders: A Twist on a Classic Favorite

Are you tired of the same old deli meat in your sliders? Well, get ready to elevate your game day spread with these delectable Reuben Sliders that feature slow-cooked corned beef brisket! Imagine sinking your teeth into sliders packed with all the classic reuben ingredients, but with the irresistible flavor of freshly sliced corned beef. These sliders are not just perfect for the big game, but they can also steal the show at any occasion!

Slow cooker reuben sliders

Forget about deli meat—nothing beats the mouthwatering taste of slow-cooked corned beef. As someone who served thousands of reubens at a mom and pop diner, I can confidently tell you that freshly cooked and sliced corned beef brisket takes these sliders to a whole new level. The juicy and tender meat will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

You won’t need a laundry list of ingredients for these sliders. With corned beef, slider or Hawaiian rolls, sauerkraut, cheese, and Russian dressing, you’re good to go. The corned beef comes with its own spice packet, making it a breeze to prepare. Simply stack everything on top of the rolls, bake them, and voila! Your sliders are ready to be devoured.

Despite the “slow cooker” label, these sliders are incredibly easy to whip up. The only time-consuming step is waiting for the corned beef to slow cook, but trust me, the patience pays off. Once the meat is ready, it’s just a matter of assembling the sliders and popping them in the oven. It’s a hassle-free recipe that delivers jaw-dropping flavors.

Not only do these sliders capture the classic reuben flavor, but they also have a fun twist. Traditional reubens can be messy to serve at parties, but by transforming them into sliders, you get easy-to-eat and easy-to-serve party food. And if you want to add even more variety to your spread, throw in some French Dip Sliders alongside these gems!

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Corned beef brisket: Slow-cooking corned beef is a breeze, especially since it comes with its own seasoning packet. While deli sliced corned beef can work, there’s no substitute for the incredible flavor of freshly cooked corned beef in this recipe.

  • Beef broth: Opt for low sodium beef broth to adjust the meat’s flavor. You can also experiment with water or even a bit of beer.

  • Hawaiian rolls: The way Hawaiian rolls are packaged makes them perfect for these sliders. If you can’t find them, any slider buns will suffice.

  • Swiss cheese: Swiss cheese adds a mild and creamy touch to these sliders. However, you can play around with other white melting cheeses like provolone or gruyere.

  • Sauerkraut: No reuben is complete without sauerkraut! Drain the liquid to prevent your sliders from becoming soggy.

  • Dressing: Russian dressing is the classic sauce for reubens, but Thousand Island dressing works as well. Both options provide unique flavor profiles, so use whichever one tickles your taste buds. You can’t go wrong with either!

  • Butter: A generous brushing of melted butter on top of the rolls adds the perfect touch of richness to your baked corned beef sliders.

Corned beef on a cutting board

What Exactly is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is a type of meat that has been cured in a salt solution. It originated as a preservation method in the days when refrigeration was scarce. The term “corned” likely refers to the large granular “corns” of salt used during the curing process.

Today, corned beef primarily consists of beef brisket and is commonly used to make reuben sandwiches or served alongside cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slow cooking on low heat is the ideal method for achieving juicy, tender, and flavorful corned beef, especially when using brisket.

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How To Make These Corned Beef Sliders:

The key to achieving the best corned beef is cooking it slowly on low heat to ensure maximum moisture and tenderness.

Start by placing the corned beef brisket, fat side up, in your crock pot. Pour beef broth over the meat and cover it with the accompanying spice packet.

Allow the beef to slow cook on low for approximately 8-10 hours, or until it becomes fork-tender. While the meat is safe to eat once it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, cooking it for longer guarantees a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Undercooking the meat can result in toughness, so be sure to take your time with this step.

Once the meat is cooked, let it rest for around 5 minutes before removing any excess fat and slicing it into approximately ¼ inch thick slices. You can even pull the meat apart slightly to achieve a shredded texture.

Sliced corned beef

With the meat sliced, halve the Hawaiian rolls without separating them. Place them in a baking pan or line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and arrange the rolls inside.

Top the rolls with the freshly sliced corned beef. I usually use about two slices for each layer, but feel free to add more if desired.

Next, add sauerkraut on top of the beef. Remember to drain any excess liquid to prevent your sliders from becoming soggy.

Layering the sliders

  • Add bottom half of rolls.
  • Top with corned beef.
  • Cover with sauerkraut.

Now it’s time for the Swiss cheese! Layer 6-8 slices of Swiss cheese on top of the sauerkraut.

Spread your dressing of choice on the top half of the rolls, then place the top half of the rolls on the cheese.

To create a perfectly buttery and golden-brown crust on the rolls, generously brush the tops with melted butter. Cover the sliders with foil and bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. If you desire a slightly crispy top, remove the foil and let the rolls brown in the last few minutes of baking.

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Once the sliders are done, let them cool slightly before slicing and serving. Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top for an additional burst of freshness, and don’t forget to serve extra dressing on the side for dipping.

Delicious reuben slider

What to Serve With These Reuben Sliders:

These reuben sliders are the perfect addition to any party spread. Whether you’re hosting a basketball tournament viewing party, a birthday celebration, or any other gathering, these sliders are guaranteed to be a hit!

If you want to make it a meal, pair these sliders with some crispy Potato Wedges. For a more extensive party spread, go all out with nachos, caprese skewers, chips and dip, and maybe even some puff pastry bites.

And, of course, you’ll need a refreshing beverage to wash down these scrumptious sliders. Check out a helpful beer pairing guide to find the perfect brew that complements the hearty flavors of the sliders. Remember, the bolder the flavor of the dish, the more robust or flavorful beer you’ll want to match it with.

Reuben slider close-up

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Other Beef Recipes:

  • Zucchini Beef Meatballs
  • Air Fried Steak Bites with Lemon Garlic Butter
  • Simple Beef Pot Pie
  • Air Fryer Hamburgers
  • Mediterranean Steak Bites

With these tantalizing Reuben Sliders, your taste buds are in for a treat! For more exciting recipes, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for all the latest culinary creations.