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Smoked Turkey Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

The Kentucky Hot Brown is usually served in a casserole dish piping hot from the oven. These sliders make the Derby Day classic party food friendly.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword hot brown, Kentucky, sliders, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 602 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 1 3-lb boneless, skinless turkey breast
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Mornay Sauce

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt and white pepper to taste


  • 8 cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 8 slices cooked bacon


Smoked Turkey Breast

  1. Heat smoker to 250F degrees. Rub turkey breasts with salt and pepper. Smoke to an internal temperature of 165F degrees, about 2 hours. Let it rest while you make the cheese sauce.

Mornay Sauce

  1. Add the butter and flour to a saucepot. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often.

  2. Stir in the cream, and cook for 90 seconds. Add the cheese. Stir until melted. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and white pepper to taste.


  1. Set the oven to broil.

  2. Remove the crust from the Texas toast. Cut each slice into 4 squares. Place on a rack in a sheet pan. Toast in the oven for 45 seconds.

  3. Thinly slice the smoked turkey. Add a slice onto the toast squares. Top each with a spoonful of mornay sauce. (You'll have extra cheese left.)

  4. Return the pan to the broiler until the cheese begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

  5. Break each slice of bacon into thirds. Add onto the slider with a tomato and optional jalapeno slice.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Turkey Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 209mg70%
Sodium 546mg24%
Potassium 481mg14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1425IU29%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.