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Easy Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls are the ultimate party food!

They pack all the flavor of full-sized BBQ sandwiches into a few delicious mouthfuls. The slight sweetness of the rolls perfectly complements the savory, smoky flavor of the pork. It’s a match made in heaven.

a stack of bbq pulled pork sliders on a marble platter
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I made these for a family gathering last weekend, and they were an instant hit!

You’ll love them for parties, game days, or just a fun weeknight dinner. Plus, they’re so easy to make in the oven!

Why You’ll Love These Pulled Pork Sliders

There are plenty of reasons to love these sliders, with their yummy flavor being the biggest one. Here are a few others:

  • Flavor Explosion: It doesn’t matter what type of BBQ sauce you use. The sweet Hawaiian rolls pair beautifully with the savoriness of the meat.
  • Easy to Make: These little guys come together in less than 30 minutes. They use already-cooked ingredients, so the hands-on work is minimal.
  • True Crowd-Pleasers: Everyone loves these sliders! Make them for lunches, dinners, or special occasions. People will devour them!

Ingredients

You need the following ingredients to whip up these tasty treats:

  • Pulled Pork – I’ve included a recipe for slow-cooker pulled pork below. It’s typically the one I use. For something different, try Dr. Pepper or Coca-Cola pulled pork instead. Store-bought also works.
  • BBQ Sauce – Select your favorite store-bought brand.
  • Buns – I always use Hawaiian rolls. Their sweetness is the perfect complement to the savory pork. You can also use pretzel buns, potato rolls, or slider buns.
  • Coleslaw – Coleslaw provides some much-needed crunch to these sliders. You can pick up some from the store, but homemade coleslaw works best.
  • Shredded Cheddar – Though you don’t have to stick strictly to cheddar, it’s my favorite. It pairs well with the pulled pork. Shred it yourself instead of buying the bagged kind.
  • Melted Butter – For brushing over the tops to give them that golden-brown hue.
  • Brown Sugar & Garlic – This sweet-n-savory mix of ingredients really sets off the sliders. You add both to the melted butter for extra flavor.
  • Poppy Seeds – These are optional, but they make the sliders look nice. And like the coleslaw, they also add a bit of crunch.
Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce in bowls on a white marble table
Coleslaw in a bowl on a white marble table

How to Make Pulled Pork Sliders

Here’s a brief overview of the steps for making pulled pork sliders:

1. Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet. (Grease it or cover it with parchment paper.)

Measure out the ingredients and have them ready to add.

2. Heat the meat. Combine the pulled pork and BBQ sauce in a bowl or saucepan. Heat (in the microwave or on the stove) until warmed through.

3. Assemble the sliders. Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom halves onto the baking sheet. Add the saucy pork to the rolls, then top it with coleslaw.

Sprinkle cheese over the top, then return the top buns.

4. Make & add the butter topping. Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, garlic, and poppy seeds. Then, brush this mixture over the tops of the buns.

5. Bake. Bake the sliders in the oven for about 10 minutes.

6. Serve. Serve the sliders while they’re still warm and enjoy!

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Delicious homemade pulled pork sliders in a wooden board

Tips for Success

Follow these tips for the very best pork sliders:

  • Do NOT separate the Hawaiian rolls. Cut them in half to make top and bottom buns. But do NOT separate the rolls from one another. Keeping them intact makes them easier to work with.
  • Give ’em some homemade love. This recipe works just fine with store-bought pork and coleslaw. But these sliders taste best with homemade stuff.
  • Bust out the serrated knife. When cutting the sliders apart, a serrated knife works best. Keep it clean between cuttings by wiping it with a napkin.
  • Keep them toasty. These sliders are best served warm. If possible, keep them that way by covering them in foil and leaving them in the oven. Set the temp to a low 170 degrees Fahrenheit. It’ll keep them warm without overcooking them.
  • Make enough for everyone! Remember, sliders are smaller than regular sandwiches. Most people will eat two or even three. You may need to double or triple the recipe for a large gathering.
Close-up shot of bbq pulled pork sliders with coleslaw and cheese

Recipe Variations

Try some of these tasty variations for a fun twist:

  • Tweak the sauce. Add honey for sweetness or hot sauce or cayenne for heat. Or simply start with your favorite BBQ sauce flavor.
  • Experiment with cheeses. Try different varieties of cheese to see which you like best. You can also use slices instead of shredded.
  • Bring on the bacon. You can cook bacon and crumble it yourself or use bacon bits. Sprinkle them over the top of the cheese before adding the top bun.
  • Have fun with toppings. Pickles, sliced onions, crushed pineapple tidbits, jalapeños, etc., all work well. Add them immediately after the cheese.
  • Swap out the pork. The recipe works just as well with BBQ chicken instead.

How to Store & Reheat

Need tips for storing leftover sliders? No problem!

  • To Store: Let the sliders cool, then transfer them to an air-tight container. Refrigerate them for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Pop the cooled sliders into an air-tight, freezer-safe container. Freeze them for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Let frozen sliders thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat them in the oven or air fryer. Set both appliances to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Reheating in the oven will take about 15 minutes. Using the air fryer will take about 5 to 7 minutes.

Note: The slider buns may be soggy after storing or freezing them. If possible, it’s better to store or freeze just the pulled pork filling mixture (separate from the buns).

What to Serve with BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Wondering what to serve with your BBQ sliders? Try any of these options:

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Easy Pulled Pork Sliders

Course: AppetizerCuisine: American
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

These pulled pork sliders are sweet, savory, and full of goodness! Tender pork is coated in a tangy BBQ sauce and stuffed into Hawaiian rolls.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pulled pork

  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for serving

  • 12 slider buns, like King’s Hawaiian Rolls

  • 1 cup coleslaw

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking sheet with butter (or cover it with parchment paper).
  • If the pulled pork isn’t warm, transfer it to a microwave-safe dish or saucepan. Add the barbecue sauce to the pork and mix well. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes until warm. (Or on the stove over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.)
  • Halve the slider buns and place the bottom halves on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon a generous amount of warm pulled pork onto each. Top that with a spoonful of coleslaw.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the coleslaw. Add any additional toppings of your choice.
  • Place the top halves of the slider buns over the fillings.
  • In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, brown sugar, garlic powder, and poppy seeds (if using). Brush the butter mixture over the tops of the buns.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. (Or until the buns are golden and the cheese is melted.)
  • Remove the sliders from the oven and serve immediately. Serve extra barbecue sauce on the side for those who want more.

Notes

Pulled Pork Sliders

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

2 thoughts on “Easy Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls”

  1. KimmieKimmieKIMMIE!!! 🙂 Where do I even start? Made these tonight for a get together with a couple of friends. Just done cleaning up and had to write. These turned out just awesome. They were so good and flavorful and deliciously moist but not sopping. The crunch from the slaw cabbage put it over the top! Also added dill pickle chips and a drizzle of ranch dressing to each one. Made a lot of extras (just in case) and still have half of my pork shoulder roast left over unshredded! The boys and me, yeh, we like to eat! Well, there ain't none left!! We were still talking about them as the last buddy headed home! Needless to say these little sliders were the hit of the dinner eats. We all pretty much went into a food-coma from them! 🙂 We would have been fine but they're just one of “things” that you can't/don't stop eating til the last one is gone!! Pretty much everyhing else served had leftovers, but not them! Will probably shred the rest of the pork later this week and make some more to bring to my co-workers. Thanks for sharing that recipe. I've made several of yours now and must say, whatever the occasion, the guests want the recipe of what I've brought!! I will start commenting more on your stuff as I remake them because they are flippin' good!

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    • Hi Greg, WOW!
      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 It made my day.
      So happy you liked the sliders. They're a hit in my house, too!

      Reply

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