There’s nothing quite like a delicious BBQ pulled pork slider for game day.
With this recipe, you can turn any leftover pulled pork into a crowd-pleasing appetizer in no time at all.
Sliders are perfect for game day, but these pork sliders are also a great addition to a family dinner, a party, or just a delicious meal for yourself.
This recipe uses leftovers from my slow cooked pulled pork recipe to make things super easy. The result is mouth-watering sliders that contain tender and juicy pork, topped with a tangy and creamy coleslaw, and served on a warm, buttery slider bun.
Yeah, I’m drooling too.
Making Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you’re starting from scratch, the first step is to make a large batch of my healthy slow cooker pulled pork.
You can check out that slow cooker recipe here, but I’ll walk you through the process to make the pulled pork because it’s very simple.
Note that if you do not want to make your own batch of pulled pork, you can use any pulled pork leftovers you have available to you. Any pulled pork will work for these!
To make your own slow cooker pulled pork, here’s what you need: a pork loin (you can also use pork butt or pork shoulder, but it will not be as lean), your favorite barbecue seasoning, beef broth, a sweet onion, and BBQ sauce.
Simply add the seasoned pork to the slow cooker with the fattier side facing up and pour the broth over the top. Cover and cook in your Crock pot or instant pot on low for 8 hours, until the pork is able to be easily shredded apart.
After 7 hours, the pork will be fully cooked and safe to eat, but we’re going to shred the pork and allow it to cook for the final hour. Carefully drain the liquid from the slow cooker into a separate bowl and set it aside. Using tongs or forks, shred the pork and dice up one sweet onion. Add the diced onion, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, and 1 cup of the reserved liquid back to the slow cooker, cover, and cook for the final hour.
There are countless delicious recipes you can throw together using this pulled pork recipe, but it’s tough to beat pulled pork sandwiches.
While full-sized sandwiches are great, sliders are the perfect appetizer or meal for a large group.
Making a healthy coleslaw for your pulled pork sliders
Coleslaw is the perfect complement to pulled pork, and my favorite way to make these sliders is to top them with some of my healthy coleslaw.
You can use your favorite coleslaw recipe for these sliders, but here’s how I make mine:
Once you’ve shredded the pork roast and put it back into the Crock Pot to finish slow cooking for the final hour, it’s the perfect time to put together the cole slaw.
Simply empty a package of coleslaw mix into a medium bowl and combine it with fat-free or light mayo, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until well combined, then refrigerate until the pork is finished cooking.
The flavors really develop in the fridge and become even better, so you can even make the coleslaw well ahead of time if it’s even easier.
Now that we’ve got our pulled pork and coleslaw, it’s time to assemble some little sandwiches!
Turning Leftover Pulled Pork into Sliders
There are many different ways to assemble sliders, so I’m going to give you two options here.
Many people like to assemble sliders and then bake them in the oven altogether, but the problem with that strategy is that we are using fresh coleslaw in these sliders and we do not want the coleslaw to heat up.
However, if you wanted to make BBQ pulled pork sliders with melty cheese, you could easily assemble the sliders and then bake them already assembled.
If you go this route, you’ll want to lay the bottom buns along the bottom of a baking dish, add pulled pork to each slider, top with your favorite BBQ sauce, then add the cheese of your choice. Add the top bun, brush with a little melted butter, and bake the sliders for about 10 minutes.
This certainly works well, but for my sliders, I like to prep the ingredient separately and then assemble the sliders as needed. That way, we don’t need to risk ruining our homemade coleslaw or commit to a very large batch if we don’t want to.
Heat your favorite slider buns in the oven at 350 for about 5 minutes to soften them. We don’t want the buns to be completely toasted, but they should be warmed through and lightly toasted.
I love using mini brioche buns for my sliders, but Hawaiian rolls also work extremely well. In fact, I’d say that Hawaiian pulled pork sliders are the most common variation, so I have no problem with using sweet Hawaiian buns.
Once the warm slider rolls come out of the oven, I like to brush the tops with a little bit of melted butter, then sprinkle some garlic powder and parmesan cheese over the top for an extra pop of flavor.
Mix your leftover pulled pork with BBQ sauce, then heat the saucy meat in a hot pan for a few minutes on each side to give it a quick sear.
To assemble the sliders, place about 2 ounces of the tender pork on each slider bun, top with additional BBQ sauce, dill pickles, and a spoonful of coleslaw.
Variations and Toppings
BBQ pork sliders are perfect for a Super Bowl party or any large gathering, but you can also easily switch things up to make multiple types of sliders.
Using the same batch of leftover pulled pork, there’s really no shortage of slider options you can assemble. If you need some inspiration, here are some options:
- Mix the leftover pulled pork with pineapple juice, top with diced pineapple and sweet BBQ sauce, and use Hawaiian rolls for some sweet pulled pork sliders.
- Transform your pulled pork into carnitas and make Mexican-inspired sliders.
- Leave off the BBQ sauce altogether and mix your pulled pork with some cayenne pepper and jalapeno, then top with some melty pepper jack cheese for an extra spicy treat.
While I think classic BBQ sauce & coleslaw makes for the best pulled pork sliders, you can get very creative with these.
What to serve with BBQ pulled pork sliders
These sliders make the perfect appetizer for a large group, but they also hold up on their own as a delicious main dish. If you want these pulled pork sliders to be the star of your meal and are looking for the perfect match to complete your meal with, here are some ideas:
- Keep things classic and serve these sliders alongside potato chips or plain French fries.
- Whip up a batch of delicious Parmesan Truffle Fries to take your meal to the next level.
- Make Air Fryer Potato Wedges for a heartier option.
- Add a little spice to your life with Spicy Nacho Fries.
However you choose to serve these up, I know this pork sliders recipe will not disappoint you or your guests!
- For this recipe, I'm using leftover pulled pork from my slow cooker pulled pork recipe. Plan to make a large batch from that recipe to easily throw together these pulled pork sliders.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Once heated, add your slider buns and bake for about 5 minutes. This step is optional but really helps to soften the buns.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the microwave, then brush the tops of each slider bun with the butter and top with some parmesan cheese and garlic powder (or seasoning of your choice).
- Add your leftover pulled pork to a bowl along with 1 cup BBQ sauce and mix it up.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and then add your pork. Allow the meat to heat and sear for about 2 minutes, then flip to heat the other side. Remove the pulled pork from the heat.
- Place about 2oz of pulled pork on each slider bun, then top with 2 pickle chips and a spoonful of healthy coleslaw.
- If you want to prep these sliders ahead, you can assemble the sliders without the coleslaw and keep them covered in the fridge to make later on. Bake the fully assembled sliders for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then add your coleslaw to the sliders once they are heated through.
- For some extra flavor, you can add shredded cheese to these sliders as well. Provolone or cheddar are both great additions to pulled pork.
- If you want to make a Mexican-inspired version, check out my leftover pulled pork carnitas.
- Note that the nutrition below is based on the specific ingredients I used, so it will vary based on what you have available.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1 Slider
Amount Per Serving Calories 195Total Fat 4.5gCarbohydrates 23gProtein 16g