Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

Cooking for a Crowd, Recipes, Worknight Dinners
pulled pork sliders

pulled pork sliders

If someone was to ask me my favorite kitchen appliance, I would have to say “all of them.” If someone was to ask me what I think is the most underrated kitchen appliance I would say: the crockpot.

pulled pork sliders

I’m one of those people who hesitates to leave a heated appliance plugged in and powered on for ten hour stretches when I’m not home (which is likely related to the fact that I would prefer to spend my money at Whole Foods than on renters’ insurance, but that’s besides the point). Nonetheless, this pulled pork is worth it. 

Friday, my friend Rachel and I were cooking for 20 people to welcome our friend Charlette to Chicago and one of our menu items needed 8 hours in the slow cooker. This is not only a painstakingly easy recipe, but it requires very little hands on time before you toss it into the slow cooker and forget it’s there. That I did, and I’m pleased to say that I did not need to call the fire department and my apartment building still stands in one piece.

For the party, I served these as sliders and because our menu was a “Welcome to Chicago” party focused around a Chicago theme (including costumes), with spicy giardiniera, an assortment of spicy pickled peppers and vegetables.

For a busy weeknight, you could make these as full-sized sandwiches and still have some leftovers (or use a smaller piece of pork and freeze extra barbecue sauce for a future use).

pulled pork sliders

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
Recipe type: Cooking for a Crowd, Worknight Dinners
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Serves: 12+
  • 1 cup lager (or any beer of your choice, I used Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold)
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 pounds pork butt or shoulder, bone-in
  • 30 slider buns (or as many full-sized sandwich rolls as you'd like to serve)
  • Spicy giardiniera, optional for serving
  1. Combine the first twelve ingredients in your slow-cooker and stir until combined. Add the pork butt or shoulder and stir gently, spooning sauce over the pork until it's almost completely coated. Turn your slow cooker on low and let it cook for 8 hours (or longer if you'll be away from the home for more than eight hours).
  2. After a minimum of 8 hours, shred the pork using two forks and serve with the extra sauce on the side. Place on individual buns and serve topped with giardiniera, if desired. Save leftovers for up to two days.
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    Katalina @ Peas & Peonies
    June 23, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    What a great recipe to try in my slow cooker!

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    Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
    June 13, 2016 at 12:30 am

    That pulled pork looks amazing! I love easy sliders like these for dinner.

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    June 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve only made pulled pork once, but this recipe seems easy enough to do!

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    Cathy Trochelman
    June 12, 2016 at 8:34 am

    We love pulled pork….these look *perfect*!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    June 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    A perfect slow cooker meal that is wonderful for a party!

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    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    June 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I love how easy you make these look to cook…I need to use my slow cooker more often.

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    June 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I have to agree with you there – the crockpot is totally underrated. I like using it in the winter to bring that homey comforting smell and a warm meal…and I like to use it in the summer to keep the excess heat out of the kitchen. And there are SO MANY things you can make in them! Your pulled pork looks amazing!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
    June 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    These are seriously fantastic!

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    August 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Absolutely scrumptious! I am a big fan of pulled pork. It is something we can’t find here, so we only know the homemade version.



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    Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    August 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Soo sorry about the bad Friday 🙁 Hope this Friday is better for you! 🙂 I bet the pulled pork made you feel better! I love pulled pork, and yours sounds really flavorful and delicious! Thanks for sharing, Maris!

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    Ali Grace
    August 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Made this today and LOVED it! Definitely a keeper. Delicious and easy…thanks so much, Maris!

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    August 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    i might have actually just drooled on my keyboard. this looks so delicious. must make soon!

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    5 Star Foodie
    August 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    So sorry about the bad Friday 🙁 The pulled pork sandwich looks awesome, very flavorful!

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    emily (a nutritionist eats)
    August 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I love crock pot meals – they are always SO satisfying! Cute party idea too!

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    August 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I love pulled pork with coleslaw. I think that was a wonderful choice for a welcome to Chicago party!

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    August 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Sounds like a great way to welcome your friend to Chicago! Gotta find our crock pot.

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    August 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Maris, a BF that makes killer crab cakes sounds like a keeper. Love pulled pork, I had the same fears the first couple of times too. Sounds like a great party. Hope you have a great week.

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    Elle @ We can begin to feed...
    August 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I cannot get over leaving my crock pot unattended either, so only use it when I am at home, and awake!

    Love pulled pork. This looks great.

    Hope you had fun a the party, too.

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    Anne @ Baking Me
    August 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Yum! Looks so delicious, I can’t wait to pull out my crock pot and make these!

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen
    August 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love recipes where I can use my crock pot. It is too easy and almost feels like cheating! 🙂 These pulled pork sliders look delicious! 🙂

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    Shari @ The Daily Dish
    August 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Pulled pork in the slow cooker is awesome! You can make a ton at once and have delicious food for days. 🙂

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    alyssa - fashion fitness foodie
    August 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    pulled pork is the reason ill NEVER be vegetarian

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    August 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Yum! I love pulled pork!

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    August 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Leaving an appliance on all day scares me too! But the crock pot works wonders – especially on meat. These look wonderful!

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    bonnie at sweet life
    August 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    glad you had a little party, a perfect way to give you a little boost.Dont’ worry great things will come!! I know it!! I love love love my crockpot, did I mention love? lol
    It does freak me a little so I leave it on my island, with nothing beside

    great recipe!

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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    August 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    So sorry you had a lousy Friday- I hope this week goes better for you! I’m glad to know I’m not the only person leery of leaving a crock pot on all day while I’m gone! I know it’s silly, but it makes me nervous. I use it mostly on weekends when I’m home, which sort of defeats the purpose. Oh well. Those pulled pork sliders look delicious, and I’m sure the crab cakes won’t mind if you step out on them a few times with them. As long as you know where your heart truly lies. 🙂

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    natalie (the sweets life)
    August 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    seriously just YESTERDAY my friend and i were saying we wanted to make pulled pork sliders! this recipe sounds like just the thing we needed! 🙂

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Maris, you re such a trooper especially doing this after a hideous day! I’ve made a low fat pulled pork version in a pressure cooker and I really liked it 🙂

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    August 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    My husband is nervous about the leaving-a-crock-pot-plugged-in-while-we’re-out thing too. I… yeah, left to my own devices I would have no problem with it, but then again I’ve almost burned the place down more times than he has, so perhaps my judgement is not sound on this matter.

    Love pulled pork. Love making it in the crockpot so I don’t have to be sad about not having a back yard or a deck or anywhere to put a smoker.

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    August 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Oh, this sounds fabulous! I can only imagine the glorious aroma while this is cooking…a true winner.

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    Blond Duck
    August 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Would this work for chicken?

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    Lisa from Lisas Yarns
    August 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Yum! I love pulled pork. I had never had it until my brothers started competing in bbq competitions. They are masters at is. But I like this crockpot version. And i Love leftover pulled pork. It’s nice to freeze it and have somethign down the road if I don’t feel like cooking. Our family also really likes it in tacos!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker
    August 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    love love love pulled pork! this dish looks delicious + i liked your take on it, chicago-style!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    August 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    slow cooker pork is always a hit! they used to make this at all of our end of the year work functions! i love slowcookers!

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    Kate @ Kate from Scratch
    August 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    This looks delicious. My husband would be ALL over this recipe. Saved. Thanks!

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    August 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I just made this recently and loved it! But i will have to try out your recipe as it looks so good!

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    August 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Can you say yum!? Geez, these look amazing. Pulled pork sandwiches are the best.

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    August 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I LOVE our crock pot but never seem to use it much in the summer. Not sure why, because a pulled pork sandwich and slaw is pretty darn summery! Hope your week is a good one Maris!!!

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    Sarah (everydaysapicnic)
    August 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Pork isn’t my favourite meat, but this looks delicious! Yum 🙂

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    August 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Yum. I LOVE pulled pork. I hear you on leaving the crockpot home while gone. I’m always afraid that it’s going to burn the place down.

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    August 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love pulled pork, especially with the ease of using a slow-cooker, and yours (as always with whatever you make) looks magnificent!

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    Bev Weidner
    August 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    LAWD, this is right up my alley. My pulled pork slider alley.


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    August 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Maris, you just reminded me that I should take a better use of my slow cooker…this pulled pork looks delicious, full of flavor.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

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    August 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    It’s hard to ever imagine a time when pulled pork isn’t good cooking. While I usually prefer mine from the grill and smoked, this recipe looks great. Cheers!

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    August 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Slow cookers are just plain magical. This like a great dish for a welcome dinner.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    August 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Pulled pork has to be one of the greatest things ever, and this recipe sounds like a winner. Hope you had a great weekend to make up for your cruddy Friday!

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    August 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This really sounds delicious. We are a family of pulled pork fans and your version would be perfect for our table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    August 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I can’t wait to try this one. I hope you had a good weekend

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    August 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Sorry you had a bad day! But these sandwiches had to’ve made it better, right? Hope your party went well!

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    August 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This reminds me that I haven’t made pulled pork this summer. Thanks for the reminder. Great recipe too!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    August 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Fun! A Chicago party, how cute! And this pork looks amazing. I am going to bookmark this one for the school year! 🙂

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    T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types
    August 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Well, it looks like the day turned out a lot brighter, and the crockpot did most of the work!

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    August 22, 2011 at 7:45 am

    This sounds delicious, and I love using my slow cooker. Great recipe!

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    August 22, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Great recipe! I love the barbecue sauce! Hope the party cheered you up.

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    Sue/the view from great island
    August 22, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I have an unnatural love for my crock-pot, but I tend to stick to the same old stews and the occasional pot roast. I’m really glad to have this recipe, it looks delicious and sounds even easier than stew—yay!

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    August 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I used to be just fine with leaving the crockpot unattended during the work day. I never thought that leaving a very hot item plugged into the wall all day was a problem, until someone pointed out to me all the probable hazards. I defended myself with the claim that “everyone does it.” And…they do, right?! Because I want to make this! I really like the homemade bbq sauce!

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    August 22, 2011 at 7:09 am

    This looks great, now I miss Chicago especially spicy giardineria from Bari Foods on Grand, their meats are pretty awesome too…. Thanks Maris now I need a Chicago road trip

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    August 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

    When I ate meat, I only ever did pulled pork in the slow cooker and it is always such a crowd pleaser! My parents beg me to make it. Next time they do, I’ll have to make them this version!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 22, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Absolutely divine! Love the simplicity of it but the amazing flavors as a result

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    August 22, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I love it when a delicious meal comes togther with very little effort. Yay for crocks.

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    Simply Life
    August 22, 2011 at 6:12 am

    sounds like a great party! I get nervous about leaving the slow cooker on too but I’m always happy when I do it after getting home from work! 🙂

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    August 22, 2011 at 5:59 am

    This is honestly my family’s favorite weeknight meal. Easy, economical and totally delish. Can’t wait to try your homemade BBQ sauce. I usually cheat and buy some.

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    August 22, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I have never tried the authentic American pulled pork, heard a lot about it and looking at the photo makes me drool!

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    August 22, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Crab cakes will never forgive you!! 🙂 But I understand why you did it!

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    August 22, 2011 at 2:30 am

    crockpot pulled pork is one of my husbands favs! I actually made pulled beef yesterday. Your version lOoks delicious. Leaving the crockpot plugged in all day always freaks me out too

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking
    August 22, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Here’s a hug for your horrible Friday, Maris!
    Pulled pork is one of my absolutely favorite things, especially in the crock pot! I’ll definitely be using this recipe now that school’s started and we’ll be having cross country meets and volleyball tournaments to attend. The crock pot makes life so much easier, that is if you remember to start it in time. 😉

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    August 22, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Slow cooking red meat is the most delicious way to enjoy these. And pulled pork is perfect on a burger fav!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 22, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I wish I have a slow cooker but simply I don’t have because of space issue… I know it can make this kind of delicious food by just letting it cook alone. What a fantastic work night meal. Pulled pork in my house is totally weekend meal….

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