Slow Cooker Sunday: Chipotle pulled pork makes the best sliders

Feb 7, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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Not only are these slow cooker pulled pork sliders easy to make, but they're easy to serve. Just put the slow cooker out, and let your guests fend for themselves.

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That way your guests will be able to pile up their sliders as high as they want to. (Plus cleanup is a breeze!)

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These are the best when served warm right out of the slow cooker and on a soft slider bun. Each bite is spicy and saucy goodness, and napkins may be required.

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Slow cooker chipotle pulled pork sliders recipe

Serves 5

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 6 hours 10 minutes | Total time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the pork

  • 4 pounds pork shoulder blade Boston butt roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the chipotle sauce

  • 1 cup drippings from the pork in the slow cooker
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 pinches Mexican dried oregano leaves
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons water

Directions:

For the pork

  1. Sprinkle the pork on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. To a slow cooker, add the pork (fat side up).
  3. Turn the slow cooker on to the 6-hour setting, and cover with the lid.
  4. Carefully remove the meat from the slow cooker and onto a large plate. Pour the drippings from the slow cooker in a large bowl, and set aside for use in making the sauce. Use 2 forks to pull apart the pork. Discard excess fat.
  5. Transfer the pulled pork back into the slow cooker, cover with the lid, and let it sit while making the chipotle sauce.
  6. Add the chipotle sauce to the pulled pork, and mix together.
  7. Serve on slider rolls while hot.

For the chipotle sauce

  1. Just before serving, heat a medium-size pan on medium heat, and add the drippings from the slow cooker, water, tomato sauce, oregano, chipotle chili powder, vinegar and sugar. Stir.
  2. Let cook until the mixture warms up (about 7 minutes).
  3. To a small bowl, add the cornstarch and water. Stir until the mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce, and continuously stir until the sauce thickens.
  5. Serve with the pulled pork.
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