Pulled Pork Sliders

This pulled pork sliders recipe combines tender, juicy meat with tangy sauce and pillowy King’s Hawaiian buns. Once you cook the pork, assemble and bake in 15 minutes!

pulled pork sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe

Nothing beats a Hawaiian sliders recipe when you need something quick and easy to feed a crowd — or a few hungry teenagers! Slice open the rolls, layer in some meat and cheese, then bake. 

Enjoy extra saucy pork and gooey mozzarella between sweet Hawaiian rolls in the perfect handheld bite. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

Try more grab-and-go meals like steak fajita kebabs or chili lime chicken wings. And for breakfast or a snack, you can’t go wrong with veggie-packed frittata cups.

pulled pork sliders

Why you will love this recipe

  • Makes 12 sliders in one pan with minimal cleanup.
  • Uses simple ingredients for tender, flavorful meat.
  • Perfect for weeknight dinners or potlucks.
  • Customize this pulled pork sliders recipe with all your favorite toppings.
ingredients for pulled pork sliders

How to make a perfect pulled pork sliders recipe

Sauté onions and garlic. Add oil to a large saucepan or pot — we’re using the same pan for the pork, so a skillet won’t work. Toss in the onion slices and cook until soft and translucent, then add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Cook the pork. Mix together the seasonings and rub them all over the pork shoulder. Place the meat over the onions and garlic, then add the mustard, BBQ sauce, and broth. Stir, cover with a lid, and simmer for 1 hour.

Flip the pork and continue cooking, about 30-45 minutes, until it’s tender and shreds easily. Shred the whole shoulder in the pan and let it simmer for 15 minutes to soak up the sauce. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Assemble sliders. Place the bottom half of the sliced King’s Hawaiian sliders on a baking sheet. Spread the shredded pork over the buns, then top with cheese and the top half of the rolls. For extra flavor, brush the tops with a mixture of melted butter and dried oregano.

Bake and serve. Cover sandwiches with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Slice or tear away each pulled pork sandwich to serve.

rump roast for pulled pork

Pro Tips

  • Slicing King’s Hawaiian sliders. Run a large, serrated bread knife back and forth through the center of the buns until you have a top and a bottom slab. It can help to gently place your hand on the top to prevent sliding.
  • Make shredding simple. Once cooked, the pork will fall apart quite easily. Make quick work of the pork shoulder by using two forks the shred the meat in seconds.
  • Cover with foil. This ensures that the tops of the buns don’t get too toasty. You can always remove the foil during the last few minutes of cooking if you want them more browned.
pulled pork sliders hand held

Key Ingredients and Substitutions for Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe

Pork Shoulder: This is the most popular cut when making pulled pork because of the ratio of meat to fat. It really benefits from low and slow cooking, leaving you with melt-in-your-mouth bites. You could also use pork butt when making this Hawaiian sliders recipe.

BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite, whether it’s a regular blend or something with a unique flavor. Our maple whiskey BBQ sauce would add something special to this pulled pork sliders recipe!

Mozzarella Cheese: This melts down really smooth and creamy, but it does have a bit of a neutral flavor. Accomplish the same gooey pull with Monterey or Colby Jack cheeses, or try Pepper Jack for a spicy kick! Provolone and Gouda would be just as tasty.

King’s Hawaiian Sliders: Our top choice for any slider sandwich. These are pillowy soft with a hint of sweetness. Plus, they come connected which saves time when assembling! 

pulled pork sliders recipe

Frequently Asked Questions about this Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Can I make my pulled pork sandwich ahead of time?

You can cook the pork shoulder in advance. Then shred the meat and store it for later. It will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Warm the meat (thawing in the fridge first if frozen). Next, assemble your slider sandwich just before eating. 

What’s the best way to reheat a slider sandwich?

Once assembled, you’ll want to reheat a pulled pork sandwich in the oven or air fryer. Everything will be warmed evenly, plus the buns will get a bit toasty.

Pop a pulled pork sandwich in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees F, longer if you plan to warm several at a time. 

To reheat a large batch, place them on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

How do you keep pulled pork sliders warm for a party?

Turn your oven down to a low setting — 150-200 degrees F — and keep the sliders in there covered with foil.

Or, place them in a slow cooker with a piece of parchment between each layer and set it to warm. Don’t forget the lid!

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Pulled Pork Sliders

This pulled pork sliders recipe combines tender, juicy meat with tangy sauce and pillowy King’s Hawaiian buns. Once you cook the pork, assemble and bake in 15 minutes!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Hawaiian sliders, pulled pork, Pulled Pork Sliders, Sliders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Baking time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 267kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 3 clove garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dry thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 3 cup beef broth
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 roll hawaiian rolls


  • Prepare the pork: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and sauté sliced onions for 5-8 minutes until translucent. Then, add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Season and cook: Rub the pork shoulder with spices and salt. Place the seasoned pork over the cooked onions in the saucepan. Next, pour in the BBQ sauce, Dijon mustard and beef broth. Give it a quick stir to combine. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low.
  • Cook the meat for 1 hour, then turn it over and continue cooking for an additional 30-45 minutes. Test the pork's tenderness by pulling it apart with a fork. If it shreds easily, it's ready. Shred the pork apart in the pan, letting it infuse with the cooking sauce. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes more.
  • Assemble Sliders: Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Next, place slider buns on a baking tray. Fill them with the pulled pork and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Optional: Brush the bun tops with a touch of melted butter and oregano for extra flavor and shine.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts. Cover the tray with foil to prevent the buns from browning too much.
  • Serve warm.


Useful tips
  • Store any leftover pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Ensure it cools down to room temperature before refrigerating. To maintain freshness, consider storing the pork separately from the slider buns and cheese, as they might become soggy when combined.
  • For reheating, you can use a microwave, stovetop, or oven.
Microwave: Place a portion of the pulled pork in a microwave-safe dish, cover it with a damp paper towel to preserve moisture, and heat in short intervals, stirring in between until it’s heated through.
Stovetop: Reheat the pork in a saucepan over medium heat, adding a bit of broth or water to prevent drying out. Stir occasionally until it’s thoroughly heated.
Oven: Place the pulled pork in an oven-safe dish, cover it with foil, and reheat in a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C) until it’s warm. Ensure to add a bit of liquid (like broth or BBQ sauce) to maintain moisture.
Recipe Notes
This recipe features tender, slow-cooked pork shoulder infused with savory spices, tangy BBQ sauce, and aromatic onions. The pork, cooked to perfection, is delicately shredded and paired with gooey melted mozzarella and soft slider buns. Perfect for gatherings or a satisfying meal, these sliders promise a burst of flavors and and easy-to-assemble treat.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1027mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg
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