Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

by Kelli on July 24, 2013

Get out your slow cookers!  These Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders are the perfect addition to your weekend BBQ!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

I don’t usually think about my slow cooker when it’s 90 degrees outside.  I’ve always associated it (wrongfully so) with winter comfort foods, soups and stews.  But, in the past few weeks I’ve been seeing slow cooker recipes pop up all across the blogosphere and Pinterest.  While it seemed to counter my entire thought process, I couldn’t help but get inspired.  And so, for the first time ever, my slow cooker saw the light of day in the summer.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders Serving Platter & Bowl: Villeroy & Boch

It took me all of five seconds to think about what I was going to make….or maybe more correctly, what I was going to ask L to make.  One of the very first things he ever cooked for me was his pulled pork.  I was completely wowed!  It seems he stole the page from my playbook about finding a way to the heart through the stomach.  By that point, I was already totally smitten and falling in love with him by that time.  But if I wasn’t, his pulled pork certainly would have sealed the deal.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

These Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders were even more delicious than the first time I tasted them!  We grilled up some corn on the cob, made some cucumber salad, and had ourselves a fabulous picnic dinner.  It was also the perfect occasion to break out my new Villeroy & Boch serving platters.  The modern design and partial high-cut edge on these platters make them so much fun and so different from everything else in my kitchen.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

The long cooking process can make pulled pork seem intimidating.  It’s not, don’t let it fool you!  When you break it down, there’s four simple steps – coat the pork with spice rub & rest, loooong, low-temp cooking in the slow cooker, pulling the pork, and a little more cooking in the slow cooker after adding the BBQ sauce.

I love serving this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork on soft, pillowy potato rolls and topped with a big spoonful of cole slaw.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

Yield: Makes 12-15 sliders


  • 2 1/2 lb. pork butt
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup pork rub spice mix (store bought)
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12-14 ounces BBQ sauce (I use KC Masterpiece)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • slider rolls
  • 1/2 lb. cole slaw, for topping (optional)


Coat the meat with the pork rub, and insert clove stems evenly around the pork. Place in a baking dish, cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least for a few hours).

In the bowl of your slow cooker add the pork, onion, 1/4 cup vinegar and chicken stock. The meat will not be fully submerged in the liquid. Cook on high for 8 hours, or until the meat begins to fall apart.

Remove the pork from the slow cooker. Place on a large cutting board, and using two forks, pull the pork. Remove any fat and gristle.

Place the pull pork back in the slow cooker. Add the remaining vinegar, liquid smoke, spices, BBQ sauce and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Cook on low for up to 2-3 hours.

To assemble - the slider rolls in half, add an extra large spoonful of pulled pork and top with cole slaw.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

Disclaimer: I was given the Villeroy & Boch New Wave Large Salad Bowl and Large Dinner Plate.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  All opinions are of my own. 

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan July 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I love the slow cooker in the summer! These look awesome!


Kelli July 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I’m definitely a slow cooker in the summer convert!!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain July 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Totally agree with you that the slow cooker can be used in 90 degree heat! In fact, why wouldn’t you? Who wants to stand over a hot stove during a heat wave? Not I. Love these pork sliders. Need to make ASAP!


Kelli July 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Yes….the slow cooker is my new fave summer cooking tool! My more oven for this gal :)


Julia July 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I’d gladly break out my crock pot for this recipe! bbq pulled pork is the best, and it’s so satisfying throwing everything in the crock, walking away and having dinner ready, bing, bang, boom! Love the sliders and the serving platter!


Kelli July 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Thanks so much, Julia!


Abby July 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

With all the thunderstorms we’ve been having lately this is the perfect way to still get our BBQ on!! All good relationships should be built over good bbq ;)


Kelli July 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

BBQ without having to go outside in the rain = total win!


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

My boyfriend happened to peer over at the computer when I was reading this post. Anything with “slow cooker” and “pork” catches his attention, and lets just say this is now on my list of recipes to make for him (I don’t eat meat). Haha!


Kelli July 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

So funny! You should totally make it, he’ll love it!


steph@stephsbitebybite July 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

This just sounds like the PERFECT summer dinner!


Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) July 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I am a pulled pork FIEND. I have pork butt in my freezer, waiting to be used. Now that the heat wave is over, I’ll have to pull it out. This recipe looks fantastic :)


Kelli July 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Perfect timing! Pulled pork is calling your name this weekend :)


ashley - baker by nature July 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Pulled pork owns my <3 big time! These little sliders look incredible!


Kelli July 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Thanks, Ashley!


Sarah | The Sugar Hit July 25, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Oh my goshness, that pulled pork, with the chargrilled corn and coleslaw? That’s heaven. That’s all I want right now. Why do I look at food blogs when I’m hungry?!?!


Kelli July 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Thanks, Sarah! Looking at food blog when you’re hungry is worse than grocery shopping when hungry.


Joanne July 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM

I always think the same thing about summer and slow cookers but if you think about it, it really should be the opposite! I mean…none of us want to cook during the summer and the slow cooker totally minimizes that!


Kelli July 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

So true! I’m all over the slow cooker in the summer now….no more oven when it’s 90 degrees.


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