Channeling the flavors of the islands with these pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls. Hoisin pork is slow cooked for hours until fall apart and incredibly tender and then layered on top of sweet Hawaiian rolls with sharp kimchi. Add an extra drizzle of sriracha for a bit more of a kick is highly encouraged.
Hawaiian Pulled Pork
When you go to Hawaii, pulled pork is traditionally done as kalua pig, and cooked in an "imu", where the pig is cooked underground for hours, allowing amazing smokey flavor to penetrate and moisten the meat.
You've probably seen this done if you have ever been to a luau and it is definitely something to see in your lifetime!
However, because I don't have the means to bury a boar underground at this humble facility, (though, wouldn't that be a fun backyard project?), my trusty slow cooker will suffice and will give you amazing fall apart meat.
Hoisin Pulled Pork
Hoisin sauce is a flavorful sweet and savory Asian condiment that is used in many local Hawaiian recipes. The sauce is thick with a bit of sweetness and works great as a glaze on cooked meats and especially when slow cooked with a robust pork shoulder.
A few pours of hoisin sauce is mixed with honey, sesame oil, fresh ginger and a bit of ketchup for body. The flavorful sauce is added to the slow cooker with the pork shoulder and everything slow cooks for hours until the meat easily falls apart and is incredibly tender.
Make Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
Once the pork is shredded, layer a heaping pile of shredded hoisin pork onto sweet Hawaiian rolls with kimchi.
The sweet savory pork works so well with the sharp and funky crunch that kimchi offers. Add another drizzle of sriracha and chopped green onions to finish.
Hoisin Pulled Pork Ingredients
- Pork Shoulder: Also called a pork butt, about 3-4 pounds.
- Hoisin Sauce: Easily found in most grocery stores with other condiments. A fantastic addition to grilled meats such as ribs or drizzled on top of chicken pho to add another depth of flavor.
- Shoyu: A Japanese style of soy sauce that is a bit more sweeter and mild than other soy sauce. Aloha Shoyu is a popular brand used in Hawaii.Ketchup
- Honey: Adds a bit more sweetness and caramelization to the meat.
- Fresh Ginger: Peeled and grated right into the marinade. I like using a microplane to grate the ginger into the sauce.
- Fresh Garlic: A few cloves finely grated and added to the sauce. I also like using a microplane to grate in the garlic.
- Sesame Oil: If you can find toasted sesame oil, that gives great flavor!
- Chinese Five Spice Powder: Is a single spice with notes of allspice and cinnamon and adds warmth and depth to the sauce.
- Hawaiian Sweet Rolls: Soft and pillowy and found in most grocery stores with the other bread. Hawaiian sweet rolls are a classic addition and the slight sweetness works so well with the hoisin pork and sharp kimchi.
- Cabbage Kimchi: Store bought or homemade and roughly chopped. Layer a heaping spoonful on top of the shredded pork and sandwich Hawaiian rolls together.
- Sriracha: Optional and if you like a bit more spice like I do, add a drizzle of sriracha before sandwiching the slider.
Serve Pulled Pork Sliders with These Additions:
- Crunchy Cucumber Kimchi
- Start with Shoyu Poke
- Homemade Taro Chips on the side
- Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Hoisin Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
Slow Cooker Hoisin Pork Marinade
- 3-4 pound Pork butt or pork shoulder
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- ¼ cup shoyu Japanese soy sauce, low sodium preferred
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped or grated
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- 8 Hawaiian sweet rolls mini or regular size
- Sriracha for garnish
- Green onions chopped for garnish
- Dry the pork shoulder with paper towels and place in the slow cooker.
- Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over pork.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours or until pork is incredibly tender and falls apart easily.
- When pork is done, remove from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks.
- Reserve leftover sauce and put shredded meat back in the sauce so it can soak it all up.
- To assemble, layer a heaping spoonful of shredded pork onto half of the Hawaiian roll and top with kimchi, a drizzle of sriracha and chopped green onions. Place the top of the Hawaiian roll on to form a slider and serve.