It doesn’t get much easier than these BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders. Perfect for tailgating and game day or for a super easy dinner, this pork recipe is easy to make and 100% delicious!
Who doesn’t love a slider recipe?
Why I love these Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
As any farm family knows, slider sandwiches are a favorite recipe to serve when we’re on the go. They’re the perfect way to feed a crowd without a whole lot of fuss. Pair them with some broccoli salad with cranberries and you have a delicious combo.
Low Maintenance – Yes, easy recipes are key some – ok, most – days! It doesn’t get much easier than the ingredients list here.
Perfect for a crowd – you can make this pulled pork slider recipe for 4 people, or double and triple it to serve a crowd. If you have leftover pulled pork, you can put it to use here or in pulled pork quesadillas! Hello, tailgate!
Time Saving – while I love to make pulled pork in the crockpot, some times we just need to hit the easy button, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here.
Oh, and you get to eat three sliders instead of one sandwich…that’s a win right there!
- Hawaiian rolls or Hawaiian buns – you can also use slider rolls from the bread aisle or deli section. Mini brioche buns are good too; when they’re for sale at Aldi I scoop them up! Basically, your favorite slider buns are the best buns to use!
- Cooked pulled pork – you can use a recipe using pork shoulder or pork butt like this Instant Pot pulled pork or slow cooker pulled pork to make your own shredded pork.
Or, do what I did and pick up your favorite packaged variety of ready made bbq pork in the meat section at your grocery store. Grocery shortcuts are in the store for a reason! We can doctor up a few items and make them perfect!
- Barbecue sauce – I use whatever we have in the fridge. We are really loving this sugar free barbecue sauce from Ray’s. You can also get fancy and make homemade bbq sauce with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar or molasses but I’m taking the path of least resistance here and going with the premade stuff.
- Provolone cheese – oooh, cheese is always the best part! This is a super melty, mild cheese. I’d call it a cousin to mozzarella cheese
- Butter and Garlic powder – for topping
How to make pulled pork sandwiches
These pork sandwiches are super easy to assemble.
Step 1: Prep the rolls. Cut the rolls in half horizontally, keeping the rolls intact on both the top and bottom. Place on a sheet pan or in a casserole dish and lightly brown them in the broiler.
Step 2: Prep the shredded pork: In a large bowl, combine your pulled pork and barbecue sauce.
Lay the pulled pork mixture on the bottom buns, spreading all the way to the edges.
Step 3: Top and bake. Top with sliced provolone and put the top half on the sandwiches.
In a small bowl, melt butter and garlic powder, then brush the top of the buns with the melted butter mixture.
Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake!
Easy Pulled Pork Sliders Toppings
There's no best way to make these - it's all about what you like! But these are some of my favorite toppings...
- You could change up your cheese to cheddar, pepper jack or even mozzarella cheese
- Add pickled jalapenos
- Add creamy coleslaw to the top (see my notes below about when to add that)
- Pickles - sweet pickles or dill pickles are awesome with these!
- Extra BBQ sauce on the side
What to serve with pulled pork sliders
I love topping my pulled pork sliders with coleslaw. It’s the perfect creamy, crunchy partner for the warm, tangy pulled pork.
If you’re planning to serve on the go, or if the sandwiches will be sitting for a while, I recommend serving coleslaw on the side. No one wants a soggy sandwich!
Creamy potato salad is also a welcome addition on the side.
How many pulled pork sliders per person
This recipe serves 3 generous pulled pork sliders per person. If you're making bbq sliders for a party, consider how many other sides you'll have. You may be able to scale down if there's an abundance of food.
Can pulled pork sliders be made ahead of time?
Ahhhh, this one is tricky. You could give this a try, but I would recommend a few changes.
For one, I would put the cheese under the pulled pork to keep it from getting soggy. I’d also refrain from adding the BBQ sauce before freezing.
Long story short, this are probably best served fresh!
Updated to add: My husband popped these leftovers into an airtight container and snacked on them for a couple days.
Other slider recipes you’ll enjoy
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
- Cheesesteak Sliders
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
- Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls
Other pork recipes
- Pork Tenderloin Sheet Pan Meal
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili
- Honey Dijon Pork Chops
- Crock Pot Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps
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BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
- 12 ounce package of Hawaiian rolls
- 16 ounces cooked pulled pork
- ¾ cup of your favorite barbeque sauce
- 4 ounces sliced provolone cheese 6 slices
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Start broiler on high. Cut the rolls in half horizontally, keeping the rolls intact on both the top and bottom. Place on a sheet pan or in a casserole dish. Broil until lightly toasted. Be sure to stand by as the rolls toast, they’ll brown quickly! Remove and set aside
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine pulled pork and barbeque sauce. Stir together. Spread the pulled pork mixture on the bottom half of the Hawaiian rolls, spreading all the way to the edges.
- Top with sliced provolone and replace roll top half.
- In a small bowl, melt butter and garlic powder. I microwave mine for about 30 seconds or so. Brush the top of the buns with the melted butter mixture.
- Cover loosely with foil. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted and tops are light golden brown