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How to Make Pulled Pork Sliders

How to make pulled pork sliders with the meat cooked on a Traeger smoker, in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or as bbq slow cooker pork.

Pulled Pork Sliders

If you are hosting the next big event at your house you have got to make slow cooker pulled pork sliders. Served on sweet Hawaiian rolls or even as lettuce wraps, this easy pork recipe is out of this world.

Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe

You can offer an array of vessels to serve this up if you have people over and want them to have choices. Beyond rolls for sandwiches you can top it over white rice or make pulled pork baked potato for a heartier meal too.

The sauce is up to you too. Of course you can just use a ready made bottle of barbecue sauce or whip up what we have listed below. Homemade is always better so you can adjust the heat level to make it just right for you and your family. I will share 3 methods but this is a fave as a Crockpot recipe.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

We used a large loin for this one. It is quite similar to our Instant Pot Hawaiian pulled pork recipe except cooked low and slow. If you want a faster method you should follow the link above for that method. For a smokier flavor, use our Traeger pulled pork tips. In the oven on a baking sheet isn’t my preference.

  • 3-4 lb pork loin
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Minced garlic
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce
  • Some apple cider vinegar
  • Some broth of your choice, beef is best
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Yellow or dijon mustard
  • Paprika and some garlic powder
  • Brown sugar for some sweetness, could add pineapple tidbits too
  • Salt and pepper to taste

And then slider buns of your choice. The grocery store usually has some at the bakery of various sizes, or make individual pulled pork bread bowls.

slow cooker pork loin

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders

For added sweetness you could replace some of the broth with pineapple juice and add tidbits on to the top. Want this to be on the spicy side? Dry Sriracha or red pepper flakes are great for that. We prefer sweeter over hot but that is up to you.

Can pulled pork sliders be made ahead of time?

Kind of. You can certainly make the meat until tender, shred, and leave on keep warm inside your slow cooker for a few hours before guests arrive. Do not combine on to the rolls until people are ready to eat though or those will get soggy, no good.

How do you keep pulled pork sliders warm for a party?

Set your Crockpot to keep warm and keep your meat in there. Make sure is is coated nicely with sauce and you may need to add a bit more as time progresses so it stays moist. Leave slider rolls on the side until ready to serve and eat.

You literally just add the meat, whisk sauce in small bowl or pour bottled bbq sauce on top and close the lid for the rest of the day. It needs a fair amount of time to make really tender fall apart shredded pork so be patient.

Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe

Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

How much sauce you add depends on the eaters. 😉 I like mine well sauced so at the end I usually add another 1/2 cup or so after pulling and toss to coat. You could alternatively top the buns with meat and pour sauce directly on top of that. You can jump to recipe below but here is a quick rundown.

  • Place the pork in the crockpot and sprinkle on the chopped onion and minced garlic. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the sauce mixture over the pork.
  • Secure the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until you can pull it apart easily with 2 forks. Remove the cooked protein and shred with 2 forks or dice with a sharp knife.
  • Return to the pot and stir to coat completely in the sauce.

I have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post with nutritional facts like saturated fat and calories listed too. That will vary depending on the size and fat content of your meat of course. There are several things you can serve on top of this but I think you need a crunchy texture with some sort of slaw…..

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

What toppings do you put on pulled pork sandwiches?

Ok so we have used this blue cheese coleslaw recipe but then we tweaked it up this year just to serve it on this! I felt like adding a bit more fruit, cold, to the top just took these sliders to the next level.

You can even make a slaw out of broccoli if you wanted to make something really unusual. Use your imagination and see what is at the store. I even had leftover macaroni salad left once and that was kinda’ killer in a surprising way.

Try them all on game day and see which your tastebuds prefer. You really can’t go wrong, there are plenty of other choices that work great, or just enjoy as is as an easy recipe plopped on a bun. 😉 Overall it is a cheap Super Bowl recipe that literally everyone (including kids) absolutely love a lot.

hawaiian pulled pork

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

If you do have leftovers this is the best way to save leftover cooked pork; make sure it has cooled completely to room temperature before you do anything else. Ideally the meat should be well coated with sauce so it stays moist. If it isn’t already add some more and toss to coat.

Then transfer what is left into a freezer bag and push ALL of the air out, that will keep it tender. Store that bag in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready for reheating leftover pulled pork I think the microwave is the easiest method.

Transfer into a heat safe bowl and warm 30 seconds at a time rotating the contents every time until hot. If you need to moisten with more bbq then do so once more. Use fresh rolls and toppings and serve up for a second go around, it saves quite well actually. Cabbage does not however so that should be remade.

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Pulled Pork Sliders

How to make pulled pork sliders with the meat cooked on a traeger smoker, in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or as bbq slow cooker pork.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, pork loin, pulled pork, sliders, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 10
Calories 260kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the pork in the crockpot and sprinkle on the chopped onion and minced garlic. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the sauce mixture over the pork.
  • Secure the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until you can pull it apart easily with 2 forks. Remove the cooked pork from the crockpot and shred.
  • Return the shredded pork to the crockpot and stir to coat completely in the sauce. Serve on buns topped with coleslaw.

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Nutrition Facts
Pulled Pork Sliders
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 449mg20%
Potassium 627mg18%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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