Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders is another way of enjoying barbecue in a bun. Pork is cooked for hours to achieve a tasty, moist, juicy and mouthwatering barbecue with a kick. If you prefer more heat, feel free to increase the cayenne pepper, hot sauce or jalapeno. Hawaiian rolls are great when making sliders and crunchy veggies as garnish.
Summer is barbecue time and this Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders are easy to make for any gathering. I was planning to cook outdoors but with the sweltering heat and humidity, I decided to cook the pulled pork indoors. While barbecuing, we experienced a dust storm and heavy pouring rain with lightning and thunder. It was so inconvenient as I run inside the house with all my supplies before the dust storm arrives. I don’t want to be caught standing outside when it rolled in.
Anyway, I cooked the boneless pork on the stove for 2 ½ hours until tender and juicy. Sometimes it might take longer depending on the meat. If you find yourself running around constantly and have no time to sit and wait till pork gets tender, get yourself an instant pot or a slow cooker. The pork came out so tender and juicy. If it was attached to a bone it will definitely fall off.
Can I cook this Pulled Pork recipe in the oven?
Yes, this pulled pork recipe can be cooked in the oven. Combine all the ingredients except for the veggie garnish and rub it all over pork and bake at 300 degrees F for about 2 hours. Wrap pork in foil for a succulent, moist and juicy pulled pork. Open foil and brush pork with your favorite barbecue sauce. Broil for 10 minutes to caramelize the BBQ sauce.
One of the reasons why I like cooking pork on the stove, I can use the sauce it was cooked in as my barbecue sauce. All the juicy goodness from pork will not go to waste. Season sauce to your liking. Add more barbecue sauce, cayenne pepper or hot sauce depending on your taste.
In my opinion, the success of a pulled pork depends on how long it was cooked and the sauce it was cooked in. It is a simple Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders recipe but scrumptious that will surely please the crowd.
Labor Day is around the corner and it is still scorching hot outside. If you are planning to serve this on Labor Day, make the Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork and barbecue sauce ahead of time. On that day, you can relax and rest after preparing the garnish for the pulled pork sliders and any side dish you like. It is so refreshing if served with Watermelon, Feta and Tomato Salad. Try it. This watermelon salad goes real well with sliders.
Enjoy this delicious and easy Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders at your summer gathering. Serve it as appetizer, snack or as your main course.
How to Make this Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders
- 1 1/2 pound pork shoulder cut 2 in x 2 in
- 1 small onion minced
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet n’ Spicy – so use whatever you have
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
- 12 Hawaiian rolls
- ½ cup red cabbage
- ½ cup bean sprout
- In a small bowl, combine paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, brown sugar and your favorite barbecue sauce.
- Place pork in a pot and pour the barbecue sauce mixture.
- Bring to a boil and simmer pork until tender. Usually about 2 hours or so when cooking on the stove.
- Remove pork when done. Set aside. Don’t turn off heat on pan.
- Slowly pour cornstarch mixture in the pot stirring constantly.
- Once sauce is thick turn off heat and transfer sauce in a small bowl.
- Shred or pull pork using 2 forks.
- Toast the Hawaiian rolls if you like to.
- Put about 3 to 4 tablespoons of pulled pork on the rolls.
- Garnish with your favorite vegetables.
- Add the sauce with the pulled pork or serve the sauce on the side.
Serve these sliders with other side dishes like the refreshing Watermelon, Feta and Tomato Salad.