Pulled Pork Sliders
Prep: 15 min.
Cook: 4 hours
Easy Pulled Pork Sliders
Tender, mouthwatering, delicious, warm, filling, flavorful, sweet with a spicy twist… There are so many ways to describe the taste of our Pulled Pork Sliders. It’s guaranteed that these yummy pull-apart sandwiches are so good they will transform any gathering, big or small, into a celebration.
Pulled Pork Sliders are versatile. Aside from being the quintessential meal for game day, family dinner, weekend dinners, holidays, parties, potluck, and any other large gathering, they can be seamlessly incorporated into your everyday activities—from a casual movie night to a spontaneous picnic.
For example, to elevate your movie night, ditch the popcorn for a plate of these delectable Pulled Pork Sliders. Or, you can add them to your Sunday tailgate to make it extra special. They are great for grab-and-go outdoor fun, such as picnics or road trips. Or, as the perfect post-workout meal because they are delicious, satisfying, and packed with protein.
How to Make Pulled Pork at Home
To make pulled pork at home, you will need pork shoulder or butt. Rub the pork with your favorite spices like garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Then, place meat in a slow cooker or oven and slow cook for 6-9 hours until it is tender. For faster cooking, use a pressure cooker. Once it’s ready, take two forks, one in each hand, and shred the pork.
Since pulled pork freezes and refrigerates well, you can cook it in an airtight container for later use. When ready to use, thaw to room temperature.
This recipe is also a great way to use any leftover pulled pork that you might already have.
Start Your Griddles
Get the King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls ready. They’re sweet, pillowy soft, and perfectly complement the smoky and savory pulled pork.
Slice a 12-pack of rolls in half horizontally, keeping the top and bottom halves separate but each roll interconnected. Then, slather a generous amount of butter – 4 tablespoons to be precise - on the inside halves of the King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls. The butter elevates the taste and texture of the rolls to a whole new level. It adds an indulgent touch and serves as a carrier for the flavors of other ingredients.
Next, heat up your griddle. Toast the buttered insides on the griddle until you achieve a mouthwatering crispy texture and golden-brown color. This step will ensure that each and every bite of your sliders offer a perfect balance of buttery indulgence and crunch.
BBQ Sauce and Pulled Pork, a Match Made in Heaven
Now, let's get to the meat of this recipe.
First, heat the pulled pork in a pan with medium heat. Add the BBQ sauce to the pan, giving the pork a tangy succulence. Let the sauce thicken for a few minutes then remove from heat.
These Pulled Pork Sliders are not complete without the perfect coleslaw. Combine a bag of shredded coleslaw, ⅛ cup apple cider vinegar vinegar, ½ tsp kosher salt, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, ⅓ cup mayo, and finish with 3 tbsp of sugar in a mixing bowl. This creates a well-balanced creamy and zesty coleslaw that adds a hint of tanginess and crunch to your sliders. Want to kick the heat up a notch? Add pickled jalapenos to the coleslaw.
For an even stronger flavor, make the coleslaw a few hours before and let it marinate.
Bring It All Together
With all the ingredients ready, it’s time to assemble your Pulled Pork Sliders.
Separate the toasted rolls then heap a generous amount of pulled pork onto your sweet rolls. Follow with an abundant scoop of zesty coleslaw. Feel free to get creative at this step; add your favorite toppings, such as cheese or pickles, or drizzle your favorite sauce over the top. When you’re ready, place the top half of the rolls on top of the coleslaw.
And finally, secure each slider with a skewer. The skewer keeps everything in place so you can enjoy your Pulled Pork Sliders without making too much of a mess.
It’s time to indulge. Plate your sliders either on their own or with your favorite dip, sauce, or roasted vegetables. For a more casual occasion like game day, place your Pulled Pork Sliders on a large serving plate, cut individual pieces, and place the platter in a communal area. Everyone can pass by and pick a serving.
The Pulled Pork Sliders are best served warm immediately after removing them from the oven. If you’re not serving immediately, you can keep them warm by covering them with aluminum foil and then placing them in a warm oven, about 170°F, until you are ready to serve.
Pulled Pork Sliders
Prep: 15 min.
Cook: 4 hours
- 12-pack KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- 1 bottle BBQ Sauce
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 lbs pulled pork
- 1 bag shredded coleslaw
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 tbs sugar
- 12 skewers