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It’s day 3 of #10DaysofTailgate and I’m bringing one of my favorite slider recipes to the game.
One thing I LOVE about tailgating – the fun recipes I can use my beloved slow cooker for and these Kalua Pork Sliders with Spicy Pineapple Relish will have you making extra Kalua Pork for leftovers the next day. While I don’t have an emu (underground oven) here in Philly, if I want to make Kalua pork, I use my slow cooker to achieve the slow and low method. These sliders, topped with the spicy pineapple relish, are always the first to go at soirees – it’s comfort food with a bit of a kick. I also use my favorite Hawaiian sweet rolls and they compliment the pork so nicely. Plus – pork and pineapple – it’s a marriage made in paradise.
Any time you want to make Kalua pork, I suggest you use take a peek at this method. I love using either some Hawaiian salt or ONO Hawaiian seasoning but if you don’t have either, kosher salt is fine. Add a bit of garlic powder and some liquid smoke and cooked low and slow – this Kalua pork will melt in your mouth. This Spicy Pineapple Relish is good on not only these sliders, but you can use it in a bunch of recipes – can you imagine it on a turkey burger with some buttery avocado on a toasted brioche bun… oh the possibilities. You know I’m all about options.
Ok – let me shush – I know you really came here for these scrumptious sliders…
On to the recipe:
First – let’s make the Kalua Pork – so easy!
All the ingredients are gathered for the Kalua Pork Sliders
Let’s make the spicy pineapple relish
This Spicy Pineapple Relish is perfect on not only the sliders, but tacos, chips – you name it.
Try to not sneak one before the tailgate starts…
Aly M. Cleary
Delicious kalua pork nestled on sweet hawaiian buns and topped with a spicy pineapple relish - yes please! Added bonus - the slow cooker does most of the work.
30 minPrep Time
10 hrCook Time
10 hr, 30 Total Time
- 3 - 4 pounds of boneless pork roast
- 2 tablespoons of red Hawaiian salt (or kosher salt)
- 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke
- Slider rolls (I used Hawaiian sweet rolls)
- 1 pineapple, cored and small diced (about 3 cups)
- 1/2 a red onion, finely diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons of minced flat leaf parsley or cilantro
- 1 inch of peeled fresh ginger, grated
- Juice of one lime
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- Line your slow cooker with sheets of aluminum foil, making sure that the aluminum foil hangs over the edge.
- To prepare your pork, using a paring knife, poke holes in the pork roast on both sides.
- Rub the pork roast with the Hawaiian salt (or Kosher salt if using) and liquid smoke.
- Place in the slow cooker.
- Wrap the pork roast with the aluminum foil – creating a bit of a foil packet so it could steam.
- Set the slow cooker on low for 8 – 10 hours until the pork shreds easily with a fork.
- In a medium bowl, add the diced pineapple, red onion, jalapeno, grated ginger, parsley (or cilantro) and lime juice.
- Toss to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Let chill in the fridge until you are ready to make the sliders.
- Remove the Kalua pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks.
- Pile the Kalua pork on the slider rolls, top with a bit of the pineapple relish and enjoy!