BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders are quick and easy, perfect for parties or for game night. Made with pulled pork, slaw, and barbecue sauce, who could ask for more?

An Ultra-Easy, Ultra-Flavorful Dinner Idea!

If you ever find yourself driving home and wondering what in the world you are going to make for dinner, wonder no more! This easy recipe for pulled pork sliders is all you need to get a filling, fun, family-friendly meal on the table in no time. You’ll want to serve them every week!

With sweet and tangy pulled pork, homemade slaw, and cute slider buns, these pulled pork sliders are guaranteed to brighten up any day of the week. They’re great for a quick but festive birthday meal, an easy Sunday lunch, or a school-night meal you can easily throw together before soccer practice. Basically, they are the perfect food. Right?

If you love pulled pork, make sure to check out these other favorites: Pulled Pork Quesadillas and Pulled Pork Crescent Ring.

Pulled pork slider ingredients measured and arranged on a work surface.

The Ingredients

This dinner can be as quick or as complex as you like. Each ingredient can be homemade, or store-bought! Here’s what you’ll need.

For the Pulled Pork Sliders

  • Slider Buns: I often pick up a package of Hawaiian rolls, but you can use any kind of buns.
  • Pulled Pork: Pulled pork is easy to make (try my Crock Pot Pulled Pork if you want a simple recipe). You can also use store-bought pulled pork from the refrigerated section, freezer section, or deli.
  • Coleslaw: My coleslaw recipe is included below, but delis often carry great coleslaw that’s ready-made, as well.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Use your favorite barbecue sauce to add more flavor and juiciness to the sliders.
  • Pickles: Any kind will work! Bread and butter chips, dill pickle gherkins, spears, you name it.

For the Coleslaw

  • Shredded Cabbage and Carrots: Use a box grater for a very fine texture, or cut thinly with a knife for a more bulky shred. You can even use a food processor to make super-fine bits rather than shreds.
  • Mayonnaise: Any mayonnaise that you like.
  • Vinegar: I like apple cider vinegar for a deep, slightly sweet tanginess. For a sharper taste, use white vinegar.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is good for this because it dissolves fairly easily. Honey or maple syrup are also great options.
  • Salt
  • Celery Seeds: These add so much flavor! If you don’t have them, try using celery salt to taste in place of the salt and celery seeds. You can also leave this out if you prefer.
Pulled pork sliders on a cuttinng board. One has had a bite taken out of it.

What Kind of Buns Are Best for Pulled Pork Sliders?

The best kind of slider buns are the ones you like the most! My family loves the sweet richness of Hawaiian buns. You can use store-bought, or make your own with this easy Hawaiian Rolls recipe. They do take some time to make, since they have to rise twice before baking, so you may want to make them a day or so in advance.

Sliders on small plates next to a cutting board with more sliders.

How to Make Pulled Pork Sliders

How easy is it to make pulled pork sliders? Let me put it this way: if you can throw together a sandwich, you can do this! Here’s how it works:

  • Add the Pulled Pork to the Slider Bun: Separate the buns or slice them open. Get your pulled pork and place a generous portion on each lower bun. Drizzle a spoonful of barbecue sauce over the pork.
Slider buns topped with pulled pork.
  • Make the Slaw and Add It to the Sliders: Mix the coleslaw ingredients together in a bowl. Place a large spoonful of the slaw on each slider, on top of the barbecue sauce and pork.
Sandwiches with pork and barbecue sauce.
  • Enjoy! Place the tops on the sliders, and serve them with pickles.
A dozen small barbecue sandwiches on a cutting board with pickles.

Recipe Tips

For the best pulled pork sliders, try checking out these helpful tips and tricks. You’ll love this hearty, finger-lickin’ recipe.

  • Toasted Sliders: If you like, you can toast these sliders in the oven before adding the coleslaw. Set the oven to  375°F and bake the pulled pork sliders for 10 minutes. If you want, you can also add cheese – I’d recommend sliced provolone.
  • Buns: While I like using Hawaiian rolls, any small, slider-sized buns or rolls are fine, too.
  • Pulled Pork: This is a great way to use up leftover pulled or shredded pork that you may have stored in your freezer. Store-bought pulled pork is also great!
  • Barbecue Sauce: My favorite sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s, but feel free to use any sauce that you love.
  • Shredded Cabbage: To make things even easier, you can substitute a bag of cabbage slaw with carrots for the shredded cabbage.
A barbecue and coleslaw sandwich.

What Goes Well with Pulled Pork Sliders?

You can serve just about any side dish with these sliders, but I tend to like a crispy, restaurant-style side, similar to what you might order in your favorite barbecue restaurant. These are some good recipes to try:

  • Fried Pickles: If you’ve never tried these, be warned! They are super addictive. Air Fryer Fried Pickles are crisp, tangy, savory, and oh-so-munchable!
  • Fries: Bake or air-fry some regular french fries, or make these Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries for a sweet-salty version with extra nutrition.
  • Corn on the Cob: This is a favorite with kids especially! Buttery corn on the cob can be made by boiling, but I have found that it’s great in the air-fryer, too. This recipe for Air Fryer Corn on the Cob will show you how to make it.
A bun split and filled with meat, sauce, and coleslaw.

How Do I Store These?

Store the pulled pork, buns, and slaw in separate airtight containers in your refrigerator. Pulled pork will keep for 3 – 5 days, while coleslaw may not last quite that long without becoming mushy. If you are concerned that the slaw will get mushy before you use it up, you can halve the recipe instead of making a whole batch.

What About Freezing?

Freezing coleslaw won’t really work, unfortunately, but freezing the pulled pork is totally doable – just cool it down and place it in a freezer container or freezer bag. Mark with the date, and freeze for 3 months or so. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. 

A pork sandwich on a small bun.
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Yield: 12 Sliders

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders are quick and easy, perfect for parties or for game night. Made with pulled pork, slaw, and barbecue sauce, who could ask for more?
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Sliders:

  • 1 package, 12 count Hawaiian Rolls
  • 3 cups pulled pork
  • Coleslaw, below
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • Pickles, for serving

For the Coleslaw:

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ¼ cup carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds

Instructions 

  • Separate the buns and slice them open. Top with pulled pork and a spoon of BBQ sauce.
  • Combine the ingredients of the slaw in a bowl. Place a large spoon of slaw on the BBQ pork.
  • Place the tops on the sandwiches and serve with pickles.

Notes

  • Storage and Freezing: Store the pork and slaw separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freshly-made pulled pork can be frozen for up to three months.
  • Toasted Sliders: If you like, you can toast these sliders in the oven before adding the coleslaw. Set the oven to  375°F and bake the pulled pork sliders for 10 minutes. If you want, you can also add cheese – I’d recommend sliced provolone.
  • Buns: While I like using Hawaiian rolls, any small, slider-sized buns or rolls are fine, too.
  • Pulled Pork: This is a great way to use up leftover pulled or shredded pork that you may have stored in your freezer. Store-bought pulled pork is also great!
  • Barbecue Sauce: My favorite sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s, but feel free to use any sauce that you love.
  • Shredded Cabbage: To make things even easier, you can substitute a bag of cabbage slaw with carrots for the shredded cabbage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 185kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 713mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g

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