We are creating epic pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls using pork butt, a homemade rub, BBQ sauce, and a secret ingredient! Cooking low and slow, your pulled pork will need several hours in the crockpot, but your patience will be rewarded when you top your pulled pork sliders with a hearty helping of authentic coleslaw and dig in.
From the first bite, you will be saying that pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls are a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
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Pulled Pork Sliders
Pulled pork is a classic dish that can be enjoyed year-round. And pulled pork sliders, well they are just about the best way to serve up the flavor-punched pork whether you are eating at home or serving a crowd. These pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls are a fantastic addition to any cookout, BBQ, or gathering where you want to make sure your pulled pork stands out and gets to be enjoyed by each and every person!
Pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls are a fabulous meal, however, you may need to make some slight adaptations depending on your eating lifestyle. The pulled pork is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto as long as you watch the label on your BBQ sauce and opt for a no-sugar variety. The Hawaiian rolls have both gluten and carbs, but you can always swap them out for a gluten-free or low carb roll.
Why You'll Love Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
- Crockpot cooking means you can sit back and relax for hours while your meal prepares itself.
- The homemade BBQ rub combines cumin, chili powder, paprika, and cayenne with garlic, onion, salt, and pepper to create a smokey rub that is sugar-free and full of BBQ flavor!
- Our secret ingredient of Root Beer or Dr. Pepper helps to create that fall-off-the-bone tender meat that perfect pulled pork needs.
Serve your pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls with coleslaw (great whether you serve it beside the slider or right on top!), boiled corn on the cob, and bourbon baked beans for a complete meal that is sure to impress!
And if you're looking for more ways to cook pork, be sure to try our baked pork chops (low carb), oven-roasted baby back ribs or pressure cooker country ribs!
You are about to create the best pulled pork ever, my friend! We are serving up pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls PLUS we are going to show you how to quickly adapt this pulled pork to create authentic Hawaiian Luau pork as well.
- 3-4 lb pork butt or pork shoulder roast - we use Butcher Box that delivers grass-fed meat
- ½ cup BBQ sauce + more for serving
- pork rub
- 6 oz root beer, Dr. Pepper, or 1 ½ cups chicken broth
- Hawaiian rolls
Serve with- more BBQ sauce, coleslaw
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Making BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
The prep-work on your pulled pork sliders is minimal and then you get to sit back and relax for the next 8 hours while your slow cooker does the cooking for you. Use this downtime to create some amazing sides, or simply enjoy the time with your family.
BBQ Pulled Pork Steps
Coat the pork with 1-2 tablespoon of your pork rub. Be sure to press the run into the meat to help it stick.
Place the pork shoulder or pork butt roast in the bottom of the crockpot.
Add the liquid (root beer, Dr. Pepper, or broth) around the pork roast. Don't pour the liquid over the top of the roast... you don't want it to not over the top because you don't want the rub to slide off
Cover and cook in a crockpot on low for 8 hours. When done, the pork should be easily falling apart.
Remove the pork roast to a large bowl, add the liquid from the crockpot to moisten the meat as much as preferred.
Shred the meat with a mixer, meat claws, or two forks.
Serve on Hawaiian rolls, with extra BBQ sauce, or simply eat as-is. Enjoy!
- As tempting as it may be, don't lift the cover of your crockpot during cooking. Not only does this release the heat you need, but it also releases the moisture in the pot necessary for the fall-of-the-bone pork roast.
- Low and slow is your friend for this recipe - cook your roast on low for 8 hours.
- Add some of the sauce from the crockpot to your shredded pork for added moisture and flavor.
- Try your pulled pork sliders on a variety of rolls including Hawaiian, pretzel buns, lettuce wraps, or your favorite roll.
- Toast your buns prior to serving to prevent them from getting soggy.
- Use chicken thighs to create pulled chicken!
Hawaiian Pork Sliders
If you've ever been to a Hawaiian luau, you're probably familiar with kalua pork also known as luau pork. It's a type of slow-roasted pork recipe that would also be amazing with pulled pork sliders!
No BBQ sauce is added to Hawaiian pulled pork sliders, the meat cooks slow (we love the crock-pot for this) alongside lots of salt, garlic cloves, and bacon. No extra liquid is necessary to add since the pork roast creates the magic all on its own.
Here's a link to the full post for Hawaiian Kalua pork with all of the tips and tricks for making Hawaiian pork sliders. We've also included a condensed version below.
- 3-4 pork shoulder or pork butt (boneless)
- 4 slices bacon, uncooked
- 3 garlic cloves
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt per pound of meat
While you prep the ingredients, preheat your crockpot on low temperature.
Cut each of the garlic cloves into 4 slices each.
Lay the uncooked bacon in the bottom of the crockpot and set the pork roast on top of the bacon.
Cut 12 small slits in the roast with a sharp knife and insert the garlic slices into the slits. Push down as far as you can to keep them from popping out as the pork roast shrinks.
Sprinkle ¾" teaspoon salt per pound (if you bought a bone-in roast take off one lb in this calculation).
Cook the Hawaiian pork roast on low for 10-12 hours until cooked through and falling apart.
The pork should be easy to shred, if it isn't that means your roast needs to cook longer.
Add the kalua pork and bacon to a large bowl. Remove the bone and any big fat pieces you see from the pork roast.
Take ½ cup of liquid from the crockpot and add it to the meat.
Shred the pork, bacon, and garlic with 2 forks, a hand mixer, or meat shredders.
Add more salt if needed or more liquid to taste. Enjoy!
How to Store Pulled Pork?
You can store your pulled pork in the fridge, covered, for up to 4 days, or freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
What to Serve with Pulled Pork Sliders?
Pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls are the ultimate in BBQ food! While you can pair your pulled pork sliders with just about anything, here are a few of our favorite sides!
- corn on the cob
- baked beans
- potato salad
- potato chips
More Pork Recipes You'll Love
- Brats in the Oven
- Low carb pork chops
- Air fryer boneless pork chops
- Crockpot Italian Sausage and Peppers
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When does the bbq sauce come in? You only mention the extra at the end.
About a 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce can be added when you cook the pork but to be honest, the meat is so flavorful without it we often skip the BBQ sauce and at it at the end for people who want it. Personal preference!