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Mini BBQ Pork Sliders {Crockpot}

When you’re young, you can’t wait for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, etc. I’ve realized that as you grow up, those holidays become less exciting. Well, they’re still exciting as far as the anticipation of them go but I just feel like it’s just another day sometimes. Don’t get me wrong – I love holidays and I love being with my family, but the excitement I had when I was young is way different than it is now! I guess that’s what it’s like to grow up and you get into more “grown up” things. Getting a new vacuum excites me or getting new furniture makes me giddy. All comes with age, I guess. I know it sounds random that I’m talking about this but it’s because just a couple days ago, I forgot that today was my 26th birthday. I was sent a gift card via email from my SIL & BIL and I was like “what’s this for?” I honestly thought it was a “congratulations on Anderson Cooper” card. Jason then reminded me, “uh, it’s for your birthday.” See what I mean by moments like that that get less exciting? Or maybe it’s just me. I’m sure once we have kids or something, it’ll be different.

Anyway, being an adult isn’t so bad. You get to throw parties and have all your friends over. Just like when you were young but you can do adult things now like…drink and curse.

Along with your adult things, you definitely can’t have a game day party without sliders! I’ve got you covered. These take no time to whip together. In fact, it’s THREE INGREDIENTS that you probably already have on hand. Actually, I KNOW for a fact you have soda or beer on hand (you’re throwing a game day party after all, right?) so now that leaves you with the two other ingredients that I’m positive any well-stocked pantry & fridge has! After you’ve gathered your massive ingredient list, you literally set and forget. It’s so easy that you can tell your husband to make it for his friends that he’s inviting over! Hahaha

I actually made these way back in the day on the blog but the picture needed a major revamp and I felt that I needed to showcase the easy pulled pork again. Instead of making them into sandwiches, I made them into sliders. For one, they’re easier to eat, and two, they’re just so cute :) I love sliders. They make you feel less guilty eating five of them cause they’re so mini ;)


Mini BBQ Pork Sliders {Crockpot}
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Recipe type: Main Entree, Slow Cooker, Appetizer
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Serves: 8-10 sliders
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin or pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 1 12 oz. can of soda (or any beer, if you'd like)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (any brand), or more, depending on how saucy you like your pulled pork
Instructions:
  1. In a crockpot, place your pork in the insert and pour the soda over top of the pork.
  2. Set your crockpot on low and cook for 6 hours.
  3. After 6 hours, place pork on large cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. You can discard any liquid inside the crockpot insert.
  4. Using a fork or tongs, shred the pork and place back into the crockpot insert.
  5. Put BBQ sauce on top of shredded pork and toss to coat completely.
  6. Serve on toasted buns (regular size or sliders).

 

32 COMMENTS

  1. Jennifer McCree
    06/10/2014 at 11:40 pm

    Why the soda? What does it do that a rub cant do? Ive heard of ppl using root beer but when it was cooked even with bbq sauce on it it only tasted like root beer..wanna do sliders for our Hawaiian themed reunion!

    • Julie
      06/11/2014 at 8:43 am

      It helps tenderize the meat. You can always just use a flavorless soda if you’re afraid it’ll taste like the soda. It really shouldn’t with regular soda, though..root beer has a stronger taste.

  2. Elizabeth
    08/18/2013 at 6:47 pm

    So deeeelicious and sooooo easy! I tend to cook on the weekend to eat later in the week so I made this this morning intending on sticking it straight in the fridge for dinner in a couple days. Bad idea. We’ve been going down to the kitchen all afternoon heating a little up at a time and eating slider after slider. Hope there is some left for dinner later this week! Thanks for such a good and easy recipe!

  3. Kalrez
    03/02/2013 at 9:45 pm

    I made this today for my husband and me. I used a can of Dr Pepper 10 and a little liquid smoke, then covered it with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce once it was cooked. So tasty! With some coleslaw, this made a delicious dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Angela
    03/01/2013 at 6:49 pm

    Made these BBQ pork sliders and they’re amazing,I used beer of course and it made the taste wonderful(better than root beer I’ve tried before!) thanks for that recipe and Anderson Cooper…..OHH LA-LA!! And Happy Late Birthday also :-)

  5. Mary
    02/04/2013 at 8:38 pm

    This is my recipe as well and I can definitely say it is the BEST!

  6. 02/01/2013 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Julie! Those pork sliders look just amazing. My boyfriend and I have been drooling over them since you posted the recipe, but there’s a tiny problem. I don’t have a crockpot. Do you think it would work as well on the stove? Thanks!
    And… I know I’m late but…Happy Birthday!! :)

    • 02/02/2013 at 8:58 am

      I would think if you put it on low heat on the stove, it’d work, but I can’t guarantee it cause I’ve never done it before. I also think you would probably need more liquid since I feel like the stove would end up cooking more of the liquid off than a crockpot would. Good luck! And thanks for the bday wishes :)

  7. 02/01/2013 at 7:43 am

    I love this pork recipe! My mom actually has made this pretty frequently in the past – they always use root beer. And it always turns out great :)

  8. 01/31/2013 at 8:58 pm

    Happy Birthday! Birthdays feel less and less important the older I get. I definitely appreciate simple recipes and time with friends though. Love this one :)

  9. 01/31/2013 at 7:44 pm

    This needs to be in my life… and mouth asap!

  10. 01/31/2013 at 7:16 pm

    Happy Birthday my friend, hope your day is fabulous! I love pulled pork for game day (or really any day) – this is a recipe one of my friends makes often and it’s always a huge hit!

  11. 01/31/2013 at 5:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! You have done an amazing job with this blog and the fact you were on Anderson Cooper proves that. You’re awesome recipes do too! Have an awesome day.

  12. Sue
    01/31/2013 at 4:58 pm

    Happy Birthday! Just one quick question…what kind of soda? The recipe doesn’t specify…just saying

    • 01/31/2013 at 5:20 pm

      Any kind of soda.

  13. 01/31/2013 at 4:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, Julie! Love these sliders, everything is more fun in mini form :).

  14. 01/31/2013 at 2:19 pm

    This sounds so good! And easy! Perfect combination. hehe
    xo,
    nancy

  15. 01/31/2013 at 1:18 pm

    OMG so blonde moment, I clicked open the older post you did on these and then left my comment on THAT post instead >_<. argh.

    in summation: happy bday, love these sliders, look fabulous

  16. 01/31/2013 at 1:05 pm

    Hahaha I know the feeling! Happy Birthday though girl! Hope you get spoiled, even if you forget why ;) I am posting pulled pork sandwiches tomorrow! We seem to be on the same page a lot :) Still think we might be twins ;)

  17. 01/31/2013 at 11:45 am

    Happy Birthday :) Sliders are awesome and I make way more sliders than reg sized burgers. The kids like them better and my reg sized burgers would be bigger than their heads :)Love the pork…

  18. 01/31/2013 at 11:43 am

    Happy Birthday :) I know what you mean about feeling less excited. In fact I forget too and I actually forget how old I am! My Doctor had to remind me that I’m only 21. I’ve always been really mature for my age and I now have my own house, live with my boyfriend, have a completely domesticated life, much happier getting new kitchen things and doing my laundry than acting like somebody my own age! So people try and make a big deal out of my birthday and I’m just like, “hmmm I’m not really fussed”

  19. 01/31/2013 at 11:25 am

    These look so great and yummy! Perfect for the festivities on Sunday. Happy Birthday!

  20. 01/31/2013 at 11:22 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    This is one of my favorite recipes ever. I used to make it at least once a month before my husband stopped drinking soda.

  21. Kristen M.
    01/31/2013 at 11:17 am

    Happy Birthday Julie!!! I hope it is a great one! These sliders look so good. I suddenly wish I was in charge of the main course at my sister’s Super Bowl party.

  22. 01/31/2013 at 11:12 am

    Happy Birthday! and congrats on Anderson Cooper! I’m so excited for you, that’s such a big deal :)

  23. 01/31/2013 at 11:11 am

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you get something exciting like a new pan, or chair!
    Love sliders, they are perfect for a party. Then you get a chance to eat everything.

  24. 01/31/2013 at 11:05 am

    These would be great for Super Bowl Sunday……yummy!

  25. 01/31/2013 at 10:45 am

    Um, yes times 13 katrillion.

  26. 01/31/2013 at 9:23 am

    Happy happy birthday!!!!! I’m going to torment you with that ALLLL day long ;) I sure hope you didn’t get a vacuum as a present. And yes… husbands/fiances/boyfriends invite people over – they need to help cook and clean for them ;)

  27. 01/31/2013 at 7:39 am

    Happy Birthday Julie!!! What a fun way to celebrate your day this year…being on Anderson Cooper’s show…so cool btw! And your pictures always have a way of making me want to reach through my computer screen…love these easy sliders!!!

  28. 01/31/2013 at 6:49 am

    Happy Birthday Julie!!! you’re such a name dropper, haha, look at you throwing around Anderson Coopers name! It was fun to catch a glimpse of you on TV. My hubs kept saying, “are you listening to the program at all, or just watching for your friend.” Ha!!

  29. 01/31/2013 at 6:29 am

    Are you telling us that today is your birthday?? Happy happy birthday, Julie!
    26 huh? That means we are born in the same year! Although I still have about 11 months to 26 ;)

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