This post is sponsored by Miller's Mustard. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
These best ever pulled pork sliders are both sweet and tangy. Slow cooked and smothered in Miller's Banana Pepper Mustard, these tasty sliders are perfect for game day, a bbq, or an easy weeknight dinner!
Pulled pork is a classic american barbecue dish that is so versatile and a staple in our house during the Fall. Cooking pulled pork in the slow cooker makes it so tender and juicy and also makes for easy clean up! It's such a delicious and easy dish to serve, especially when you have guests over.
🥪 Ingredients notes
- Pork - The typical cut of meat used for pulled pork is the pork shoulder or boston butt. Both cuts come from the shoulder and tend to be well marbled with fat. They are perfect for slow cooking and braising as they break down and become very tender over a long period of time. See below for the amounts and serving suggestions.
- Sauce - The sauce for this pulled pork is from Miller's Mustard and it is made from fresh banana peppers. It's the perfect balance of sweet and tangy with just a hint of spice that perfectly cuts through the richness of the pulled pork. I used the mild version for this recipe, but to kick it up a notch, try their Hot or Habanero flavors!
📋 Substitutions and variations
- Premade - If you aren't up to making your own pulled pork, you can certainly buy it from a restaurant or grocery store. Make sure to buy it without sauce on it so you don't get any conflicting flavors from the mustard sauce. See below for suggested amounts and serving suggestions.
- Toppings - I like topping these sliders with just a few slices of pickles for a simple yet complimentary flavor. Alternatively, pickled onions, cheese or coleslaw would be other great toppings.
- Buns - Serving this pulled pork as sliders makes a fun appetizer or dish for a party. Slider buns, dinner rolls or even hawaiian rolls can be used. Full size kaiser rolls or buns can also be used for larger sandwiches.
- Baked - Assemble the sliders on the buns with pickles and bake on a sheet pan or in a baking dish at 350˚ for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.
🔪 Step by step instructions
First mix together the spices and rub it all over the pork shoulder to season it.
Pour the chicken broth in the slow cooker and then add the seasoned pork shoulder to it. Cover and allow it to cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours until the pork is tender and easily shredded.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and drain the juices. Using kitchen tongs or forks, shred the pork into small pieces and add it back to the slow cooker.
Stir in the banana pepper mustard and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. Serve the pulled pork on rolls or buns and top with pickle slices.
⭐ Expert tips
- Use a boneless pork shoulder or boston butt to yield the largest amount of meat.
- When buying a pork shoulder, look for one that is evenly marbled with fat throughout for the best flavor and texture.
- To prevent sliders from getting soggy, serve the pulled pork in the slow cooker, set on warm and serve the rolls and pickles on the side.
🍽 How much to plan for
- Raw vs. Cooked - A boneless pork shoulder will generally have a yield of 60% meat. For example, a 7 pound raw uncooked pork shoulder will yield approximately 4 - 4 ½ pounds of cooked meat. If using a bone-in pork shoulder, the yield will be closer to 40%.
- Sliders vs. Buns - When serving pulled pork as a slider, plan on 2-3 ounces of cooked pulled pork per slider and 2-3 sliders per person. For example, 4 pounds of cooked pulled pork will make approximately 2-3 dozen sliders. Sizes of rolls can vary, so this is an estimate.
- Larger Buns/Sandwiches - If serving pulled pork on larger buns or kaiser rolls, allow for 6-8 ounces of cooked pulled pork per sandwich.
- Sauce - A bottle of Miller's Mustard is enough to sauce approximately 2 pounds of cooked pulled pork. Plan for extra if you want to serve extra sauce on the side.
💭 Frequently asked questions
Traditional american sides, such as, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw or even fruit are great side dishes to serve with pulled pork sliders.
🥘 Alternative cooking methods
- Oven - The pork shoulder can be cooked in the oven instead of a slow cooker if needed. Place seasoned pork shoulder in a deep sided baking dish with the chicken broth. Cover with foil and cook in a 325˚ oven for 3-4 hours until tender and easily shredded. Drain the juices and mix with the banana pepper mustard.
⏲️ Make ahead and storage instructions
Make Ahead - Pulled pork can be made ahead of time if needed. Follow the instructions to cook and shred the pork. Do not drain the liquid, but allow it and the pork to cool completely in the refrigerator before storing in an air tight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or 3 months in the freezer.
Heating - Frozen pork needs to be thawed completely in the refrigerator first. Thawed pork can then be heated covered in foil in an oven or covered in a slow cooker with its juices. After pulled pork is heated through, mix in the sauce and serve. Make sure the pork is heated to 165˚ throughout when checked with a kitchen thermometer before serving.
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