It might be summer, but let’s pull out that slow cooker! These Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders are an easy and delicious way to feed a crowd!
Disclosure: This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders post was sponsored by Flatout Flatbread, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
We’re in the middle of a busy week here in the Spiced house. Robbie had a visit to his ear doctor yesterday, and today is a visit to the eye doctor. (Don’t worry. Nothing’s wrong with the little guy. We just happened to have back-to-back doctor’s appointments this week.) And then tomorrow the dogs have a hair cut appointment. And Friday I have my yearly physical. Weeks like this pop up on occasion for everyone, right? Those weeks when you look at the calendar on Monday morning and just let out an audible “umph.” It’s weeks like that when I’m thankful for our slow cooker!
Slow cooker? In the middle of the summer? Yes, I am fully aware that the slow cooker is most often reserved for fall and winter recipes, but don’t underestimate the power of the slow cooker in the summer. Take these Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders for instance. This recipe is a breeze thanks to the slow cooker! It just sits over on the counter all day doin’ it’s thing, and then you end up with delicious sliders. Even if you don’t have a zillion doctor’s appointments in the same week, the slow cooker allows you to get out and enjoy the summer sun…or mow the grass and weed the garden.
We’re huge fans of Flatout Flatbreads, and their Flatout Foldits are perfect for making sliders. Flatout has a bunch of different varieties/flavors for their flatbreads, and I’m fairly certain we’ve tried ’em all. That is until I recently discovered their brand new flavor: Sweet Hawaiian Foldits. These flatbreads are delicious, and they check in at only 100 calories each. Plus, each one has 5g of protein and 6g of fiber. Fiber in food helps you feel full right away while protein helps you feel full longer. And considering how tasty these Sweet Hawaiian Foldits are to begin with, the extra protein and fiber is a bonus! (Note: Flatout’s Sweet Hawaiian Foldits will be available nationwide later this summer.)
Given the new Sweet Hawaiian Foldit flavor, my mind immediately went to Hawaiian pulled pork. Hawaiian pulled pork (also called Luau Pork or Kalua Pork) is traditionally cooked outdoors in a 3-4 foot deep pit. I’m fairly certain Laura would have given me “the look” if I went out into our backyard and dug a pit to cook this Hawaiian pulled pork in the traditional way. Since I’m not a fan of “the look,” I decided to keep this one nice and simple. I pulled the slow cooker out of its summer hiding spot, and I let it do all of the work for me.
We love pulled pork, and we typically smoke it with barbecue sauce. These Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders are just a slight variation on that recipe. The barbecue sauce stays in the fridge and instead we use a sauce comprised of pineapple juice, Hoisin sauce and other seasonings. The result is a bright, flavorful sauce that goes quite well with the pulled pork!
For us, a good pulled pork sandwich isn’t complete without cole slaw, so I still added a nice scoop of slaw to the top of each one. And for a fun twist, I grilled up a couple of pineapple rings and tossed those on top, too. These Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders are loaded with flavor, and Flatout’s Sweet Hawaiian Foldits are the perfect flavor complement.
Since these sliders are made almost entirely in the slow cooker, that means this recipe would be perfect for entertaining a crowd on a warm, summer evening! Just let the pork cook all day, and you’ll have dinner 90% ready by the time friends show up that night. Oh, and in case you have leftovers (hah…leftovers?!), I highly recommend toasting the Flatout Foldits until they’re slightly crispy. Meanwhile, cook some of the Hawaiian pulled pork in a dry skillet until bits start to get nice and crispy. Then pile that crispy pulled pork on top of the Flatout Foldit, and you’ve got a tasty new way to enjoy these flavors. Cheers!
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders
For the Pulled Pork
- 1 4-5 lb pork shoulder roast
- ½ Tbsp Hawaiian sea salt or any sea salt if Hawaiian is not available
- 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
- ⅓ cup Hoisin sauce
- ⅓ cup pineapple juice see note
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp ginger grated
- 1 Tbsp sriracha
- 1½ tsp sesame oil
- 4 pineapple slices
- 4 Flatout Foldits Sweet Hawaiian flavor
- 2-3 cups Pulled Pork
- cole slaw homemade or store-bought
For the Pulled Pork
- Pat pork roast dry with paper towels and then pierce roast all over with a fork. Pat the sea salt all over roast and place it in slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until pork shreds easily with 2 forks. Shred pork and place shredded pork back in slow cooker.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients (liquid smoke, Hoisin sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sriracha and sesame oil) until well blended. Add mixture to slow cooker, stir and continue cooking on low for 1 more hour.
For the Sandwiches
- Using either a grill pan (indoors) or a grill (outdoors), pat pineapple slices dry and grill over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes.
- To assemble sliders, top each Flatout Foldit with ~¾ cup of pulled pork. Add grilled pineapple slice and ~¼ cup of cole slaw. Fold flatbread in half and serve.