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Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders – The perfect bite-sized pulled pork sandwiches. Dry rubbed pork that is cooked in either the Instant Pot or slow cooker and then slathered in BBQ sauce before being put in a slider bun.

Pulled Pork Sliders

I can’t get enough of these pulled pork sliders. Whether you make them as an appetizer or as a meal, they are filling, flavorful, and disappear real quick. I can’t remember the last time we didn’t finish all of them off! I like to serve the pork on little slider rolls but you could also use burger buns if you are making them as a meal. Additionally, I like to mix a bit of melted butter, italian seasoning, and garlic salt together and brush the tops of the slider buns with it. It’s delicious!

Common Questions About Making Pulled Pork Sliders

What are pulled pork sliders?

Pulled pork sliders are a simple bite-sized sandwich made by cooking pork shoulder with a homemade spice rub and topped with BBQ sauce. The pork is then served in slider buns with any additional toppings.

How can I cook the pork?

I included instructions for both the slow cooker and instant pot. Both work and taste great.

How long do pork sliders last?

The pork lasts up to three days when stored in a refrigerated airtight container. I suggest storing the pork and buns separately so that the buns don’t get soggy.

What can I top pulled pork sliders with?

Anything you want! Some of my favorite toppings are –

  • Coleslaw
  • Pickles
  • Mac and cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Extra BBQ sauce

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 12 sliders.

What other kinds of sliders can I make?

There are so many amazing slider recipes! Some of my favorites are –

Ingredient Notes –

  • I’m using a boneless pork shoulder but you could also use a bone-in if you prefer. If using the instant pot, increase the cooking time by 5 minutes.
  • I’m making my own spice rub using brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and pepper. Feel free to use your favorite spice rub if you prefer.
  • Chicken stock helps prevent the Instant Pot from burning on the bottom. You can also use water or beer if you prefer. If using the slow cooker, it is optional.
  • Feel free to use your favorite store bought or homemade BBQ sauce.

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Yield: 12 Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders - The perfect bite-sized pulled pork sandwiches. Dry rubbed pork that is cooked in either the Instant Pot or slow cooker and then slathered in BBQ sauce before being put in a slider bun.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 seconds
Total Time 10 minutes 55 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder (about 5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Pat the pork shoulder dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and black pepper.
  3. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork, making sure to evenly coat it on all sides.

Instant Pot

  1. Add the chicken stock to the Instant Pot and then place the pork in. Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the "sealing" position.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook - Manual for 45 minutes.
  3. Once the Instant Pot finishes cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  4. Release any additional pressure by switching the valve to the "venting" position.
  5. Remove the pork from the Instant Pot and shred it to your desired size.
  6. Whisk the BBQ sauce into the chicken stock and then add the shredded pork back into the Instant Pot. Toss to combine.
  7. Serve the pork on your choice of buns and enjoy.
  8. Store any leftover pork in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Slow Cooker

  1. Add the chicken stock to the slow cooker and then place the pork in. Cover with lid and cook for 8 hours on LOW.
  2. Once pork has cooked through, remove it and shred it to your desired size.
  3. Whisk the BBQ sauce into the chicken stock and add the shredded pork back into the slow cooker. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve the pork on your choice of buns and enjoy.
  5. Store any leftover pork in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

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