Slow Cooker Mini BBQ Pork Sliders

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    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 ;)

    Slow Cooker Mini BBQ Pork Sliders

    These Mini BBQ Pork Sliders are SO easy to make: all you need is three ingredients and a crockpot! Perfect for any game day party!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 6 hrs
    Total Time: 6 hrs 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8 -10
    Calories: 176kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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, or more, depending on how saucy you like your pulled pork, any brand


    • In a crockpot, place your pork in the insert and pour the soda over top of the pork.
    • Set your crockpot on low and cook for 6 hours.
    • After 6 hours, place pork on large cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. You can discard any liquid inside the crockpot insert.
    • Using a fork or tongs, shred the pork and place back into the crockpot insert.
    • Put BBQ sauce on top of shredded pork and toss to coat completely.
    • Serve on toasted buns (regular size or sliders).


    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Mini BBQ Pork Sliders
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 176 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 2g3%
    Carbohydrates 19g6%
    Sugar 16g18%
    Protein 20g40%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    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 ;)

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    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!!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    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!!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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 ;)

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Um, yes times 13 katrillion.

  • Culinary Collage says:

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

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    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.

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

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

  • Kristen M. says:

    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.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:


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

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

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    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”

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    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…

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    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 ;)

  • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    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

  • nancy @ adore to adorn says:

    This sounds so good! And easy! Perfect combination. hehe

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • Sue says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Any kind of soda.

  • Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry says:

    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.

  • Tracey says:

    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!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

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

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    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 :)

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    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 :)

  • Marie @ Not Enough Cinnamon says:

    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!! :)

    • Julie says:

      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 :)

  • Mary says:

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

  • Angela says:

    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 :-)

  • Kalrez says:

    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!

  • Elizabeth says:

    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!

  • Jennifer McCree says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Sarah says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog. I made these the other night and they were delicious! I didn’t have plain fizzy drink so I used ginger ale – it gave the meat a very slight zing.
    Thanks for posting such great recipes that actually work!

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad you found my blog and enjoyed this recipe :)

  • Reese says:

    I bought almost 3 pounds (smallest one they had) and used about 12-13oz’s of pepsi. Bought some yummy coleslaw to go with it. I’ll never bother using a rub! This was perfect!! Thank you!!

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this!

  • Emily says:

    Hi Julie! I have never cooked with pork tenderloin. In my local market there are 2 choices; “boneless pork tenderloin roast” or pork tenderloin untrimmed” Is there one you suggest? thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Boneless pork tenderloin roast would be my pick!

  • Katie says:

    I made this recipe the other day and it was wonderful!! So easy and tender. I’m planning to make this for my daughters birthday. How much would you recommend for about 20 people and if I put larger roasts in the crock pot what would be your suggestion for increasing the cook time?

    • Julie says:

      For 20 people, I’d maybe triple the recipe (they’re good leftovers if you don’t finish them all!) and I’d say at least 8-9 hours for larger roasts.

  • Jackie says:

    Yum!! Pork sliders

  • Catherine says:

    What kind of soda are you suppose to use?

    • Julie says:

      Any kind. I use Coke

  • Cilla says:

    Can you cook this on high?

  • TIna says:

    Hi there. My roast is approximately 3 1/2 pounds. How long should I cook it for on high and on low please? As well should I use more than one can of coke for this size of a roast??
    Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      I would cook it on low for 7 hours and high for 5 hours. You could probably get away with just 1 can of coke.

      • Tina says:

        Thank you so much Julie!! One more question please..this time my roast is almost 5 lbs. how long to cook for on high or low and how much coke should I use. Last time it turned out awesome!! Thanks again!

        • Julie says:

          I’d use two cans of coke and I’d do 9 hours low, 7 hours high.

  • Caroline says:

    This was sooooo good! This is now my go-to bbq recipe. Thanks Julie!

    • Julie says:

      Ahh yay!! Thanks for writing, friend!!

  • Kate says:

    I plan on making this for a tailgater. Can I make the day before, refrigerate, bring to tailgater and reheat and maybe just add a little more sauce? Thank you!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yep! This one is easily reheatable!

  • Samantha Gallatin says:

    Hello! I was just wondering, how much is a serving about? I have recently been labeled a diabetic and I’d really like to try this recipe, so I would need to know about how much filling goes into each sandwich.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I would say 1/4 cup?

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