So that party… well what is a party without something awesome in a mini size? Ok… so I guess I got that taken care of with the pies, but really, the more mini the merrier! (Not gonna lie… minis are also a great way to feed more with less… therefore spending less dough. Hey, in the economy you gotta be creative, right?) So sliders it was. And I love a good pulled pork, its easy, its so tasty, and it will convert anyone who wasn’t so sure about pork before.
Especially for a party I love anything that can be done in a crock pot and prepped right before serving. That way you aren’t spending all day messing with more than you need to. A good hostess is never a stressed hostess or a hostess that is stuck in a kitchen, making the crock pot/slow cooker every party’s best friend.
And I am not personally a fan of coleslaw. Never have been… probably never will be. (Please don’t send me your favorite aunt’s awesome family recipe that you just love. I don’t like it, I’m sorry… some people don’t like chocolate… now thats weird.) But I have wanted to try this slaw for a long time… its light, its fresh tasting, its perfect on a cute little pulled pork slider.
Thanks Aaron for slowly eating a slider for me… and Denise for making them all fit on the stands! You guys rock!
Pulled Pork Sliders
5 lb lean pork tenderloin
1 bottle favorite BBQ sauce
Fresh ground pepper
2 dozen dinner rolls or slider buns
4 tbsp butter
Bring meat to room temperature and pre-heat slow cooker on low. Season the pork with a good amount of salt and pepper. (Remember, to each there own, but don’t over do the salt, pork is already a little saltier, and flavor is key, so, just do us both a favor and go easy on the salt, ok?) Place into slow cooker with 1/3 of the bottle of BBQ sauce and enough water to cover the meat. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours. When ready remove from the crock pot and let the pork rest for about 15 min. With two forks aimed in opposite directions shred the pork. Cover in the remaining sauce. Take the buns and over a medium heat in a medium pan with a small pat of butter for every few buns heat the buns with the insides touching the warm butter until toasted.
Apple Cabbage Slaw
1 small head fresh green cabbage (shredded)
2 golden delicious or fuji apples (diced)
1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Whisk all ingredients except for first two together in a large mixing bowl. Toss the cabbage and apple with the liquid. Adjust to taste. (A little extra pepper is great here.)
To assemble: Place pork and slaw on buns and serve with laughs and smiles until all of had some and everyone is partied out.