Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders Are Delicious

by Alli

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders are perfect for game day, Sunday supper or any weekday. A Boston butt simmers in the slow cooker all day and is tender and full of flavor.  

My husband loves to use his outdoor smoker to cook barbecue. When the weather’s messy outside or when he’s not going to be home all day to tend to the smoker, I call on my slow cooker barbecue sliders for an easy, tasty meal.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders are one of my family’s favorite sandwiches of all time.  My oldest grandson is always asking me to make them for him.  Since they are so simple to make, how can I possibly say no?

Since the entire family comes over for lunch on most Sundays, this is on my meal rotations for Sunday dinner. I add a side of coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob and chips. It’s an easy and delicious meal.

What cut of pork is best for Barbecue Sliders?

I always use a Boston Butt. This cut of pork comes from the shoulder of the pig and is also referred to as a  pork butt. A Boston Butt is a relatively fatty, tough cut of meat and needs to be cooked low and slow. 

Hawaiian Rolls Are The Way To Go

Slider buns will work just fine. Make sure to try Hawaiian Rolls.  I rotate between regular buns and Hawaiian rolls. The rolls just put them over the top and into a whole new world.  (Now I’m humming the theme song from Aladdin – A Whole New World  – because you know I have a song for that!)

Barbecue Sliders

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders

When it comes to topping a slow cooker barbecue slider, we tend to go a little wild here in the south. Pickles or Cole Slaw are always popular toppings. And a little extra barbecue sauce for dipping comes in handy as well.

Yield: 16 Servings

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders

Barbecue Sliders

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders are tender, delicious and have the best flavor! Plus, they are so easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 Boston Butt (8-10 lbs.)
  • 1 12 oz. cola
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • Kraft Honey Barbecue Sauce (OR your favorite sauce)
  • Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce (Optional)
  • Hawaiian Bread Rolls


  1. Rinse the pork butt. Pour a little white vinegar over this (very optional) because (in my mind) it takes away that "porky" taste. So, do or don't do. It's probably just me.
  2. Place the butt in a slow cooker. (I use an 8-quart slow cooker)
  3. Pour in the cola and add the liquid smoke. Add salt and pepper
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low 8-9 hours.
  5. Remove from slow cooker and shred (with two forks) into a large bowl, removing fat as you come across it. Once it is all shredded, mix equal parts of the two barbecue sauces and add to the meat until it suits your taste. Serve on Hawaiian bread rolls with pickles and extra sauce on the side.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 55Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 66mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 2g

This data is calculated by Nutritionix and may not be accurate.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders

Note:  The reason I mix the two sauces is because of my husband.  Sometimes, he makes his own barbecue sauce but when he doesn’t have the time, we use store-bought.  

One day he wanted to try the Sweet Baby Ray’s and we couldn’t figure out which we preferred so we mixed them together and it was divine!  Use whatever barbecue sauce suits you, but do try our combination at least once.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sliders

What’s your favorite barbecue sauce?

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Robin rue May 9, 2017 - 8:08 am

These are right up my alley!!! I would make these every day if I could. My kids will love them, too!

candy May 9, 2017 - 8:40 am

Sliders were all the thing at one point and now I don’t read that much about them. We happen to love sliders of any kind. Sounds like the perfect BBQ to me.

Alli May 9, 2017 - 3:49 pm

They have always been a thing at my house. That’s why I revived this 2012 post – LOL! It’s always in the top 10 of my recipes pinned on Pinterest and they are so easy to make. 🙂

Jeanette May 9, 2017 - 9:45 am

Oh my goodness this is exactly what I am craving. This will be perfect for memorial day and it is so easy to make.

Anosa May 9, 2017 - 12:04 pm

This makes me crave for some today. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I would love to try this at home too.

Sarah Bailey May 9, 2017 - 1:47 pm

Oh yum how amazing do these sound, I have a slow cooker that I really don’t use enough as I don’t know what to cook, I’ll have to give this a try!

Jaime Nicole May 9, 2017 - 2:29 pm

I just LOVE sliders – they are just the perfect size! That BBQ looks so great – and I love the convenience of this recipe going in the slow cooker. I will definitely be trying it out!

lisa May 9, 2017 - 4:52 pm

These barbecue sliders sound amazing. I am so hungry now just looking at these! We love anything barbecue in our house.

Pam May 9, 2017 - 6:17 pm

I have made pulled pork in the slow cooker several times in the past. It always turns out really nice and it’s so easy.

Anita Anderson May 9, 2017 - 6:40 pm

My hubby loves to BBQ anything on his food. These sliders are right up his alley. I, on the other hand, don’t use BBQ sauce but that is just me.

Maurene Cab May 9, 2017 - 11:43 pm

This is something interesting. It’s been a month now since I used our slow cooker. I should give this try.

Betty May 10, 2017 - 3:20 am

Yum how delicious! My husband especially would love this, he loves anything BBQ! And I love using my slow cooker!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All May 10, 2017 - 8:50 am

I have made this recipe minus the liquid smoke. It’s so simple and easy and taste terrific! I’d totally use the Hawaiian buns if they weren’t so difficult to find around here.

Sandy N Vyjay May 10, 2017 - 9:54 am

Generally BBQ is a favorite with all age groups. And it is a hit especially during small family get togethers and parties. Have never tried slow cooker and reading this, we may try it out.

Jenny May 10, 2017 - 11:45 am

This is one of my all time favorite sandwiches. And yes to the Hawaiian rolls. I started using them a few years ago and they are a total game changer.

Kiwi May 10, 2017 - 5:01 pm

This looks delicious! Wow great for BBQs this summer

My Teen Guide May 10, 2017 - 8:22 pm

I made this last night and we loved it so much it will be making a repeat appearance on Sunday. As long as there is BBQ sauce, it is sure to be a winner

Amanda Dorich May 10, 2017 - 8:41 pm

Those look amazing! I love recipes that I can make in my slow cooker too!

Annemarie LeBlanc May 11, 2017 - 9:38 am

Another reason to love my slow cooker even more. This is going to be a good meal for my family. You can never go wrong with BBQ anything!

Emily May 11, 2017 - 10:51 am

Oh this looks delicious! I love a yummy slow cooker meal! This would be great to make for a party since it is very low maintenance to prepare.


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