Slow Cooker Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sliders. Rich spices and tangy broth make this easy pulled pork recipe pair perfectly with sweet and crisp coleslaw and sweet buns.
Within this post you’ll learn how to make easy Carolina Style Pulled Pork in a slow cooker, as well as what makes it Carolina style. You’ll also learn how to make a simple but flavorful homemade coleslaw to create perfect pulled pork sliders.
Well hello there y’all. You’ll have to forgive me, but my knowledge of Southern living ends there. What I do know is these Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sliders are dang good. I’d love to visit the South, and it’s on my wish list of travel locations. Until then, you and I can enjoy this regional inspired dish from our home base.
One of the easiest, and most fail-proof ways, to cook pulled pork is in a slow cooker. It’s also common to roast or use a smoker, but I like the set and forget method of a slow cooker. You can easily make recipes such as these Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Carnitas Bowls.
You can throw all the ingredients together in the morning, set to low, and leave for work. Just try to stay productive. I know the thought of coming home ready-made pulled pork can be distracting. Or if you’re hosting a Summer pool party, do what I did and start it at 6 am (then go back to bed) so it will be just cooked and ready in the early afternoon. Is it weird that I enjoyed waking up to the vibrant tangy smell?
I finally got a slow cooker. To fuel my new-found obsession of slow cooker recipes I made this Carolina Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork; then added homemade coleslaw and sweet buns to make sliders. This is the easiest and most flavorful pulled pork I’ve been able to create. If you have a favorite method or recipe I’d love to hear about it. If you’re wondering what exactly is Carolina Style Pulled Pork, then read on.
What is Carolina Style Pulled Pork?
There are various ways of making Carolina Style Pulled Pork. North and South have their own styles, then there are regional differences within those. Either the whole hog or just the darker pork shoulder can be used. It’s often rubbed with spices; sometimes just simply cayenne pepper, or a mixture of spices; and vinegar is always added to create a tangy flavor.
The sauce I made for this recipe is based on the “Carolina Gold” sauce of South Carolina (source Wikipedia). Mine consists of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, brown mustard, and other spices. I also used a spice mixture to rub into the roast as well. What’s all this mean? Lots of flavor; simple as that.
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Flavor profiles: Meaty, savory, slightly sweet and delightfully tangy.
Texture: Tender, moist, and pull-apart flaky pork; mixed with crisp coleslaw and soft, fluffy buns.
Dietary Options/Substitutions: Gluten Free: Make sure your Worcestershire sauce and mustard is GF. Substitute GF buns.
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Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders
- 2-3 pounds pork shoulder butt roast
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar, separated
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 2 cups homemade coleslaw, or prepared store-bought
- 10-12 small Hawaiian sweet slider buns
- Cook Carolina style pulled pork in slow cooker (view my recipe here for instructions).
- If using a store-bought mix, make coleslaw according to package directions.
- Fill each bun with the desired amount of pulled pork and coleslaw. Serve immediately.