BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

BBQ Pulled Pork is a staple on our menu and one of our favorite dishes to make with the leftovers is these sliders. Made on Hawaiian rolls and loaded with bacon and cheese these sliders have a light and sweet glaze that is AMAZING!

These pulled pork sliders are perfect for parties, tailgating, appetizers or an easy family meal during the week.

Easy pulled pork sliders glazed with brown sugar, butter and herbs.

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy our Italian BMT SlidersHam & Turkey Melt Sliders and Mushroom Swiss Burger Sliders.

Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe

Pulled pork is the delicious vehicle to carry BBQ sauce, melted cheese and bacon to your mouth. Sandwiched between layers of Hawaiian roll sliders with a butter, brown sugar and garlic based glaze this little sandwich always leaves me craving more!

Pulled Pork is a regular on our family’s menu. Whether we make some Soda flavored Pulled Pork, Margarita Mix Pulled Pork or Instant Pot Pulled Pork, we have several variations of a favorite meal!

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Another easy family meal is sliders. We began with Ham, Swiss and Ranch Party Sliders which were adapted to become Turkey, Cheddar and Bacon Sliders.

Pan of pulled pork sliders with a brown sugar and butter glaze on Hawaiian rolls.

Then we created Roast Beef Sliders and Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders when we realized Pulled Pork sliders and a similar BBQ Chicken Sliders were missing. Today is the day we shall rectify this pulled pork slider situation!

When making a big batch of pulled pork I like to refrigerate the pork plain and add sauce when I’m ready to re-heat it. If I have leftover meat that is already sauced it will freeze fine too.

I love to add my favorite toppings and cover with a butter and brown sugar-based glaze that is packed with herbs. Warm these little sandwiches up and the flavors are irresistible! Just like our Air Fryer Pizza Sliders these could easily be made in the air fryer / toaster oven!

Personalize Those BBQ Pork Sliders

If there are flavors you are craving try adding them to half or a third of the sliders. We have a picky eater that likes plain sandwiches, so we usually leave some on one end with fewer toppings.

French fried onions or Old-Fashioned Coleslaw really load this slider up and give it an over the top taste!

Ranch can also be added to the bottom bun and barbecue sauce to the top bun if starting with plain pulled pork. A couple tablespoons of ranch seasoning can also be stirred into the glaze before baking.

Our Farmhouse BBQ Sauce is delicious, but of course, the option of sauces is limitless. Use sauces that you enjoy.

Assembling pork sliders on a baking sheet.

Another great option instead of a slider is these yummy Pulled Pork Quesadillas.

Tips for Making Pork Sliders Easy

  • If you don’t have a long bread knife a serrated knife can be used. Start along one side and slowly spin the pan as you cut in a circle around the rolls.
  • Do NOT separate the sliders. Keeping them all attached will save a lot of time when assembling the mini sandwiches.
  • Making your own bacon and chopping into 2 – 3″ pieces work great, I really love to see a nice piece of bacon settling into melted cheese, but purchasing precooked bacon bits works fine and saves time.
  • Sometimes times I use a pastry brush to apply the glaze, but sometimes spooning on the glaze just seems easier.
  • For super sweet sliders feel free to double the glaze.
  • Different brands of Hawaiian sliders come in different sizes and thicknesses so amount of ingredients may need adjusted accordingly.
  • These sliders are best just out of the oven!

Browning The Rolls

  • Browning the sliders isn’t required, but it certainly adds another beautiful flavor to each slider and helps prevents the buns from getting soggy.
  • Some people are brave and would brown their rolls under the broiler. I might be afraid of the broiler so I’d rather use my convection oven in bake mode to lightly brown the buttered rolls.

Cheese Options And Variations

  • Yellow sharp cheddar works as well as sharp white cheddar, I just prefer slices of sharp white cheddar on these sandwiches.
  • Shredded cheese works fine too, it may take a little longer to melt and may run more than slices depending on how much is used.
  • We’ve tested this recipe with Havarti and mozzarella and definitely like cheddar the best!
Stack of three BBQ pulled pork sliders loaded with cheese and bacon on a plate.

How to Make BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Sliders

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with a non-stick mat like this for easy clean-up.
  2. Place sliders on a baking sheet. Use a long bread knife to and cut rolls in half.
  3. Use a butter knife to spread at least 1 tablespoon of softened butter on both the top and bottom of the slider rolls. Place in the oven for a few minutes until bread is slightly browned.
  4. Warm pulled pork with barbecue sauce.
  5. Spread warmed pulled pork with barbecue sauce evenly across slider rolls.
  6. Add slices of cheese evenly on top of pork.
  7. Sprinkle bacon evenly on cheese.
  8. Place top layer of the sliders on the sandwiches

Glaze

  1. Melt butter and stir in remaining glaze ingredients.
  2. Spoon over slider rolls and bake for 5 – 10 minutes until cheese is melted and buns begin to brown on top.

Can These Sliders Be Made The Day Before?

These Hawaiian roll sliders can be assembled with the glaze poured on the night before. Cover tightly, but be aware that the glaze may stick to the foil. So I typically glaze just before baking for best results.

Remove the pan from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to baking. Allow the dish to warm up a bit as putting a cold dish in a hot oven is not a best practice.

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Printable BBQ Pulled Pork Slider Recipe

Bacon and cheese on shredded pork sliders on a Hawaiian roll

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Servings 12 sliders
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
BBQ Pulled Pork is a staple on our menu and one of our favorite dishes to make with the leftovers is these sliders. Made on Hawaiian rolls and loaded with bacon and cheese these sliders have a light and sweet glaze that is AMAZING!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients
  

Sliders

  • 12 Hawaiian slider rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound pulled pork
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 6 slices White cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon chopped in 2 – 3" pieces

Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions
 

Sliders

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place sliders on a baking sheet and cut in half.
    12 Hawaiian slider rolls
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of butter on both the top and bottom of the slider rolls. Place in the oven for a few minutes until bread is slightly browned.
    2 tablespoons butter
  • Warm pulled pork with barbecue sauce.
    1 pound pulled pork, 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • Spread warmed pulled pork with barbecue sauce evenly across slider rolls.
  • Add slices of cheese evenly on top of pork.
    6 slices White cheddar cheese
  • Sprinkle bacon evenly on cheese.
    1/2 pound bacon
  • Place top layer of the sliders on the sandwiches

Glaze

  • Melt butter and stir in remaining glaze ingredients.
    3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Spoon over slider rolls and bake for 5 – 10 minutes until cheese is melted and buns begin to brown on top.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a long bread knife a serrated knife can be used. Start along one side and slowly spin the pan as you cut in a circle around the rolls.
  • Do NOT separate the sliders. Keeping them all attached will save a lot of time when assembling the mini sandwiches.
  • Browning the sliders isn’t required, but it certainly adds another beautiful flavor to each slider and helps prevents the buns from getting soggy.
  • These sliders are best just out of the oven!

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Nutrition

Calories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 14gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 564mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Collage of easy barbecue pulled pork sliders

35 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are the best! I’m going to take some to a meeting next week.

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy them!

  2. 5 stars
    Made a triple batch my first try. They are even better than I expected and a huge hit!

  3. I have leftover pulled pork and looking for a way to use it. I think I will make these for Father’s Day get together. They look delicious!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hope you have had a great Father’s Day and I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!

  4. Pam Black says:

    Can these be put together a day ahead?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey there! The pulled pork can certainly be prepared a day ahead! We have reheated these sliders to enjoy for lunch and they are good. If we want great sliders we typically make, bake and serve them at the same time. The bun can get a bit soggy.

  5. This looks so good! I love that it is a simple flavorful recipe!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Great question! We definitely reheat these sliders to enjoy a quick lunch, but I will say they taste a little better the first time. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

  6. Can you share how you prepared your meat? I don’t want to over season and mess with the flavoring of the toppings.

  7. 5 stars
    We were out of bacon and still SO good!

  8. Angela M Stahl says:

    5 stars
    Tried these tonight they were great

  9. 5 stars
    Oh my! These were excellent. I had a container of leftover pulled pork (homemade) in the freezer. I used Kroger Artisan Rolls (12 pack). Butter and brown sugar on the bottom of the pan. Then 1/4 slice of pepper jack cheese, followed by pork, bbq sauce, shredded sharp cheddar, then top of the rolls. I pierced the top of the rolls with fork and pressed down firmly. 1 stick of butter, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning. Baked for 15 minutes. “Gone in 60 seconds”.

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! And so quick and easy to make. My entire family gobbled them up. This recipe will be added to my recipe book for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  11. 5 stars
    I followed your slow cooker pulled pork and the slider recipe (I used Gouda cheese and mixed in a little bit of bbq sauce) and they were a huge hit! Everyone loved them and has asked for the recipe!! Absolutely delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipe! It was a hit at the cabin for 4th of July weekend. We have some folks who don’t eat pork so we made this recipe with a whole chicken too. Turned out super well.

  13. Justina Whitney says:

    5 stars
    A very easy recipe but restaurant worthy!!! They are really good. The glaze gives the recipe that boost that takes it over the top.

  14. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I added a tablespoon of diced jalapeños to the glaze. Perfection!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Thanks so much for sharing! What a fun addition! So glad you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  15. Tammy Czigan says:

    5 stars
    I ran across this in October 2022 and made it for a half dozen guys that were engrossed in Sunday football. They LOVED them! They said they were “Over the top” and they were “Restaurant Worthy”. I used your vinegar slaw recipe with a sweet/heat BBQ sauce. Somehow we ended up with dinner rolls rather than Hawaiian, but the glaze did the trick and they looked and tasted great!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      So glad to hear this! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    2. When did you put the slaw on the sandwiches?

  16. 5 stars
    We had smoked pork shoulder, left-over and I needed a good recipe. This was delicious. We didn’t taste the bacon, so I will probably leave it out the next time I make it. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  17. kathleen efird says:

    I want to make these for St. Patrick’s Day. Do you think I can freeze them after I make them?

  18. 5 stars
    These are excellent! I use whatever cheese on hand (usually cheddar, havarti, or provolone), and instead of Italian seasoning in the glaze I just use parsley. They are really good the second day—yes, the bun is a little soggy, but the glaze hardens or crystallizes a little bit and it’s even better!
    One time I had extra sautéed bell peppers & onions in the fridge so I put some on between the pulled pork and the cheese, and now we always include that. We are bacon lovers but we don’t miss the bacon if I don’t have any.
    So now when I make pulled pork, I make extra so I can put some in the freezer to pull out for these sliders later on

  19. 5 stars
    Best Pulled Pork Sliders ever! The glaze pairs so well with the BBQ Pulled Pork!

  20. 5 stars
    I’ve been making these for years and they are an absolute favorite for our haying crew. I go all out and do homemade Hawaiian rolls. (And I keep pulled pork on the ready in the freezer to take that part away of prep when we decide we want them). Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  21. I am going to try this with leftover Turkey! Sounds yummy.

  22. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Either works fine, so I use whatever I have on hand for this recipe. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  23. 5 stars
    These were amazing even without the bacon. Made some slight modifications from other slider recipes I had made in the past. I used a whole stick of melted butter and mixed with the other topping ingredients. Assembled sliders in a cake pan and just brushed the butter topping over them. The butter magically makes its way to the bottom of the pan on its own without having to put any butter on the bottom layer. Also topped with foil at 325 degrees for 15 mins and then removed the foil and baked for another 10 to get that perfect texture.

  24. DOROTHY P ROBINSON says:

    5 stars
    VERY GOOD AND EASY. NOW I WILL TRY THE PULLED PORK QUESADILLAS.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy the recipe and love this feedback! ~Jennifer

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