I fell in love with barbecue when my dad started smoking pork competitively. A few years back they started a Barbecuing team called “The Baster Boys” and traveled all around Wisconsin to different competitions. They stay up all night to smoke the pork, and then the judges would test their different pork and sauce combos the next morning. Pulled pork, brisket, ribs…. All sooooooo good! I love it.
For this recipe, I wanted to recreate the smokey, tender pulled pork they did without all the work. This is where the slow cooker comes in. This amazing kitchen gadget has opened up a whole new world of cooking for me. Simply throw your ingredients in and walk away. perfect for having a meal ready right when you come home from work!
For this recipe, we used a pork butt. The best thing is, by the time your pork butt has been in the slow cooker for 7 hours, it’ll be practically falling apart. This is going to make shredding the pork at the end SO EASY!! To make this even easier I just used Famous Dave’s Rich and Sassy BBQ, but feel free to make your own! We’re also adding onions, minced garlic, and a simple spice rub to make the meat itself super flavorful!
We could stop at the pulled pork, but I like to add this green apple slaw on top of the pork and it just brings all the flavors together perfectly! It also adds an amazing, crunchy texture to your slider, not mention beautiful color, if you like to photograph your food as much as me!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with a Green Apple Slaw:
Yield: 8 servings Prep: 10 minutes Cook time: 7 hours
- 3lb pork butt roast
- 1 medium sized onion
- 3 tsp minced garlic
- 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 2 and 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 head red cabbage
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- half a bag of carrot matchsticks
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- 1 tsp mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 16 slider buns
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Rub on all sides of the pork butt generously. Cut up pork but into large pieces so it roasts a little more evenly. Put into slow cooker.
- Slice onion and place around your roast pieces. sprinkle minced garlic over onion slices.
- Pour barbecue sauce over everything.
- Set your slow cooker to low for 7 hours and put lid on.
- Mix red cabbage, apples, and carrots in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over the veggies and toss. Cover and place in fridge for atleast six hours.
- Come back to your slow cooker after 7 hours and pull meat apart with two forks until shredded. Mix together with cooking juice and then serve on buns topped with your slaw.