Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce

Tracking PixelLooking for a great pulled pork recipe that will knock the socks off your hungry crew? I’ve teamed up with Smithfield to bring you a delicious recipe for Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce. 

Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce

I have a confession. I like to defy the odds…or at least the critics. I work and still like to get a great home-cooked meal on the table, I think I can cook anything in my electric pressure cooker and, I really do use my picnic basket.

We’ve actually been doing a lot of picnicking in the beautiful summer weather this year. Some of it has taken place by the lake that’s a short walk from the house, while other trips have been a bit more distant. When Jay told me we were going to the Utah Symphony in the park recently, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and try out a recipe from the Smithfield website for Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce created by local chef Seth Adams for Smithfield.

Chef Adams runs one of our favorite restaurants on Main Street in Park City. It’s a great favorite place to wow out of town guests and I even hosted an event for our Governor there years ago. So I was pretty excited to see that Smithfield had partnered with him to create a few recipes for home cooks. I was even more excited to learn I’d be able to recreate one of his recipes for you!

The sliders were picnic perfect and I am excited to share the recipe here on my site.

Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce

I started purchasing Smithfield pork when I lived right by a local Macey’s store (Nope. Not the department store, but the locally owned grocer here in Utah.) I like to chat up the head of the meat department who talked to me about the pork’s superior color and marbling. It’s 20% more tender than other leading brands of pork. And, I love that I can pick up pork with no artificial ingredients, added hormones or steroids without having to visit a specialty grocer.

Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork comes in a wide variety of hand-trimmed cuts, including: Tenderloins, Boneless Loins, Back Ribs, St. Louis Style Spareribs, Boneless Chops, Bone-In Chops, Sirloins, Shoulder Butts and Roasts. For this recipe, I am using a pork shoulder picnic roast.

I followed Chef Adams recipe to a T…Mostly. Here’s the honest truth, I didn’t want to have my oven on all day in our 100+ weather and don’t really use my slow cooker anymore. In fact, I gave it away a few months ago. So, I cooked the pulled pork in my electric pressure cooker (don’t tell Chef Adams, mmmkay?) and reduced the cooking time by about seven hours. Winning!

Honestly though, the result was juicy, tender, flavorful pork that simply fell apart when I opened the pot. Mmmm.

Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce

These sliders taste great right out of the pot, but if you want to take this recipe a step further consider toasting the sliders in the oven. I like the slightly toasted texture and I feel it keeps the buns that will be sitting out from getting “soggy.”

You guys, I prepared a recipe crafted by one of Utah’s premier chefs at home and it was delicious! love that I can prepare a restaurant quality meal, right in the comfort of my own home.

Pressure Cooker Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce

Pressure Cooker Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce


    For the pulled pork
  • 5 lbs. Smithfield® Prime Boneless Pork Shoulder Picnic Roast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 gallon (16 cups) chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Slider sandwich buns
    For the sauce
  • 2 cups prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


  • Heat oven to 300F. Heat oil in a very large, oven-proof, stockpot or Dutch oven over high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper; sear all sides. Remove from pot.
  • Add carrots, celery, and onions to pot and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in red wine, scraping any browned bits off bottom of pan. Add chicken stock and thyme.
  • Return browned pork roast to pot. Cover and bake for 7 to 8 hours until very tender. Use tongs to pull pork and serve on slider buns with Carolina BBQ Sauce.
  • *If you're using your pressure cooker, sear meat using the Sauté button. Add ingredients and manually set cook time to 40 min. Allow additional time for natural pressure release.
    Carolina BBQ Sauce
  • 1.Combine mustard, vinegar, sugars, water, chili powder, black pepper and cayenne in large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 2.Stir in butter, liquid smoke and soy sauce; simmer an additional 10 minutes.
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Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.

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  3. My mouth is watering just looking at your photos! I think my hubs would love these – pulled pork is his favorite. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week; I’m featuring your recipe at our upcoming party. I hope you’ll stop by and link up again!

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