Celebrate Hawaiian Foods week with these delicious Kalua Pork Sliders. Just like the ones you find in Hawaii, these Kalua Pork Sliders are tender, juicy and delectably smoky. And when you serve it up “sliders style” with cabbage, grilled pineapple and of course, on a King’s Hawaiian Bread Bun it is the perfect meal to enjoy during Hawaiian Foods week, as well as all summer long!
Last week my husband and I headed downtown for a little day date. After a long morning, we were really really hungry. We made our way down to Dog Haus. This restaurant is the premier hot dog, sausage and burger joint where freshly-made food and a fun environment are combined with the best fast casual dining experience around.
Our delicious meal at Dog Haus, and all of that King’s Hawaiian Bread, made me miss all the flavors of Hawaii. Growing up, King’s Hawaiian Bread was a true staple in our home. I used to love going over to my grandparent’s house because they would fry the sweet bread in butter then slather it with peanut butter for us. To this day, it is still one of my all-time favorite things.
National Hawaiian Foods Week
A bipartisan Resolution passed with unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2016 declaring the week beginning the second week in June as National Hawaiian Foods Week. The week of June 11th-17th is a time to honor Hawaii’s contributions to the culinary heritage of the United States and raise awareness of Hawaiian foods. Having grown up in Hawaii, I think that this is very important and definitely worth celebrating!
Why You’ll Love Kalua Pork Sliders
Another Hawaiian food I absolutely love Kalua pork. This is smoky pork that is cooked until it is super tender and easily shreds with a fork. In Hawaii there are many different ways to serve Kalua pork. It is delicious alongside rice and macaroni salad for Hawaiian plate lunch.
But my favorite way to enjoy Kalua pork is to pair it with some just barely cooked shredded cabbage, stuff it into a bun to make Kalua Pork sliders. And while I use my trusty slow cooker to make shredded pork now, I fondly remember multiple parties and special events where my family would wrap an entire pig in banana leaves and let it roast it in the ground for days.
So, here is my contribution to Hawaiian Foods Week. Simple Kalua Pork Sliders that are easy to make, do not require turning on the hot oven, and perfect for serving a crowd. Enjoy and Aloha!
Tips for Making Kalua Pork Sliders
- To make shredding your Kalua pork super easy, use a pair of these handy shredding claws.
- Use Liquid Smoke to get that really smoky flavor.
- Frying the pork before serving gives you a deliciously crispy Kalua pork that is similar to the traditional version served in Hawaii.
- Add the cabbage during the very last few minutes of cooking to prevent it from becoming soggy.
More Recipes Like Kalua Pork Sliders
Love these Kalua pork sliders? Then try my Pork Ribs with Pineapple BBQ Sauce and these Teriyaki Grilled Burgers. And for even more Hawaiian flavor, check out this recipe for Hawaiian French Macarons.
- Rub salt then liquid smoke over meat.
- Place roast in a slow cooker.
- Cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Remove meat from slow cooker, and shred.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
- Add pork and sauté for 2 minutes while stirring.
- Add cabbage to pork and continue to cook until cabbage is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
- To assemble the sandwiches, slice rolls in half, spread a bit of teriyaki sauce on the bread, top bottom bread with pulled pork, and garnish with a slice of pineapple and top bun.
- Serve sandwiches immediately.
- Pork can be made up to 2 days in advance or frozen for up to 2 months.
Makes 12 servings.
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