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Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

pulled pork slider topped with pickles and a knife sticking in the top of it

5 from 9 reviews

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!

Ingredients

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  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6-7 pound raw boneless pork shoulder or boston butt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 bottles Miller's Banana Pepper Mustard, mild flavor
  • 2-3 dozen slider buns
  • 1 pint dill pickle chips

Instructions

  1. Mix together onion powder, garlic powder, dried mustard, dried thyme, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl and rub all over the entire pork shoulder to season it.
  2. Place chicken broth in the bottom of a slow cooker and add the seasoned pork shoulder. 
  3. Cover and let cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours until tender and easily shredded.
  4. Remove cooked pork shoulder and place on a cutting board. Shred the pork with kitchen tongs or forks into small pieces. 
  5. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker and add the shredded pork back into it. 
  6. Pour the banana pepper mustard over the shredded pork and toss to combine. Cook for an additional 30 minutes on low.
  7. Serve pulled pork on slider buns, topped with pickles.

Notes

  • 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.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Pre-made - Pre-made pulled pork can be purchased instead of making it. Make sure to buy it without sauce on it so you don't get any conflicting flavors from the mustard sauce. 
  • Spicy - Serve this pulled pork with Miller's Mustard Hot or Habanero flavors for an extra spicy kick!
  • Alternative Toppings - Sliders can also be served with other toppings, such as pickled onions, cheese or coleslaw.
  • Buns or Rolls - Pulled pork can be served on slider buns, dinner rolls or hawaiian rolls. 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.

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 1/2 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 a good 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 for each person.
  • 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.

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Oven - Place seasoned pork shoulder in a deep sided baking dish with only 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Cover with foil and cook in a 325˚ oven for 3-4 hours until tender and easily shredded.

Make Ahead and Storage Suggestions

  • Make Ahead - 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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