Prep: 20 min.
Cook: 4 hours
Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders
Craving a culinary adventure that fuses smoky pulled pork with the irresistible blend of savory and sweet Hawaiian flavors? Look no further than these Juicy Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders! Your taste buds are in for a treat.
Picture this: a generous portion to satisfy every craving, perfect for sharing with loved ones or ensuring you have delicious leftovers to enjoy again. These sliders aren't just a meal; they're an experience, and they're about to become a staple in your culinary repertoire.
Perfect for Every Occasion
Not just reserved for special occasions, these sliders are your go-to for a laid-back Sunday binge-watching session or a midweek indulgence to break free from the week's hustle. Versatile and flavorful, they're equally at home at casual family dinners or as the star of your backyard barbecue.
Family-Friendly and Beginner-Friendly
What's even better? These sliders are not just about the end result; they're about the journey. Get the whole family involved for a fun kitchen experience. Let the kids dive into making the vibrant Hawaiian coleslaw, rub the pork with the tantalizing spice mix, and build their own sliders. It's more than a meal; it's a memory in the making.
Tips to Keep Sliders Crispy
While you want your sliders to be juicy, we're steering clear of soggy territory. The key? Balance. Avoid drowning the Hawaiian sweet rolls in too much BBQ sauce, ensure the shredded pork cools a bit before assembly, and serve immediately after crafting to minimize moisture absorption. Pro tip: a quick toast of the rolls adds a delightful crunch that elevates the entire experience.
Let's dive into the recipe!
Begin the flavor journey by generously seasoning your boneless pork butt or shoulder. This spice mix, a secret blend of seasoned salt, crushed black pepper, dried oregano, cumin, and chili powder, transforming the pork from good to heavenly. Nestle it in a pan, cover it with King’s Hawaiian Smoked Bacon Barbecue sauce, and let the magic happen!
But wait, there's more. Intensify the pork's flavor with a broth bath, containing broth, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Covered and slow-cooked for 3.5 hours at 350 degrees, this strategic step creates a tender and juicy masterpiece. The spices meld, the barbecue sauces infuse, and your kitchen becomes a fragrance heaven.
The slow cooking process is not just about the flavors, it’s also a tenderization process. Covering the pan traps the moisture, allowing the pork to simmer. Simmering breaks down the collagen in the pork, resulting in tender and juicy meat. This gradual process turns the pork into a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy.
The Hawaiian Slaw
While the pork cooks, it’s time to craft the Hawaiian slaw – a colorful mix of shredded Napa cabbage, red cabbage, crushed pineapple, mayo, shredded carrots, raisins, toasted macadamias, black pepper, cinnamon, and salt. This vibrant slaw brings a delightful crunch, sweetness, and savoriness to the sliders, making them a feast for the eyes and the palate.
Finally, the big reveal. Pull the pork out of the oven and shred it. Add a finishing touch of BBQ sauce and let it marinate. Toast the King’s Hawaiian rolls, creating a crispy exterior while keeping the interior soft. Now, it's time to layer up – shredded pork, Hawaiian slaw, and the top bun.
It’s time to dive in. Let the crispy rolls, tender pork, and vibrant slaw dance on your palate. The smoky, savory, and sweet notes create a symphony of flavors worth savoring. Every bite is a celebration of your culinary prowess, and the wait has been undeniably worth the while.
These Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders aren't just a meal; they're an indulgent experience that elevates your culinary game to new heights.
Prep: 20 min.
Cook: 4 hours