Give thanks with a succulent slow cooked pulled pork slider recipe with all the fixings.
I participated in the National Pork Board Porksgiving program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.
Pulled Pork Cranberry Slaw Sliders
Succulent barbecue pulled pork seasoned to perfection and slow cooked for 8 hours, then topped on a toasted bun with cranberry sauce and coleslaw.
There is something pleasant about this time of year. Maybe it’s the cooler weather, all the comfort food or maybe it’s the fact that we get together with the family most during this time. The holidays are approaching and it’s time to make crowd-pleasing recipes everyone will love. It’s also a great time of year to give back.
To inspire people across the country to take the time to give and say thanks, the National Pork Board (NPB) will celebrate “Porksgiving”. It’s a time for giving back (with pork) to those who give back– from November 2, 2015 through the end of the year. There’s no better way to show someone how much you appreciate them than with a home cooked pork meal.
Thanksgiving in my family is pretty awesome. It seems that anyone and everyone is invited to a nice home cooked meal. All the cousins come home from school for the holiday and family makes the drive to celebrate the day. Sometimes, we celebrate more than once with extended family that can’t make it in time and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My mother and grandmother have always played a big part in the day. Since I was little, I remember being part of that special time in the kitchen when all the magic happens. My mom would pull up a little step ladder for me and we’d bake away. Although, we really did “sample” a lot of the food before it was put out. Those memories I will never forget.
Since I moved to New Orleans a few years ago, holiday season has meant so much more to me. I can’t always make it home for every holiday but I try to for the important ones. Although I won’t be heading home for Thanksgiving this year, I will be going home in December for a few weeks. I can’t wait to get home and catch up with the family over a home cooked meal. My mom and I already have our must make dishes selected with a little wiggly room for additional recipes.
The day after Thanksgiving we start our holiday baking. December is a time for us to show our appreciation for others and we usually bake cookies and food the whole month for others. This year, I’ll be making these Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Cranberry Slaw Sliders to give thanks to mom for everything she does. It’s no surprise that this recipe is for her.
My mom has done so much good for our community. Last June she spent a few weeks building three houses for Habitat of Humanity. They build affordable homes for the community. I couldn’t be any prouder of her, she is truly an inspiration!
What I love about this recipe is how little of prep time is involved. The pork tenderloin goes into a slow cooker for 8 hours and is then shredded and tossed with barbecue sauce. While it’s slow roasting it’s a great time to spend with family or simple cook overnight if making ahead.
I’ve paired the pork with cranberry sauce and coleslaw. If you ask me what the best part of thanksgiving feast is (besides sharing the memories with family), it’s combining all the leftover food with cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving cranberry sauce was paired with pork was the inspiration for this recipe. Therefore, it is a must and it’s really delicious!
This time of season is always a great time to say thanks to someone who gives back. Whether it’s giving thanks to someone in the military, a volunteer, nurse or someone who means a great deal, it’s never been as easy to say thanks by serving new pork recipes for Porksgiving.
Giving back is a lot easier with juicy, tender pork. To learn more, visit Pork Be Inspired. You’ll find amazing stories and recipe inspiration that feature how Americans are giving back with pork. Find more recipes to share during Porksgiving by visiting Pork Be Inspired Facebook.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Cranberry Slaw Sliders
- 2.5 pounds pork tenderloin
- 5 - 6 cups water
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 3/4 cup coleslaw dressing
- 1 bag coleslaw salad** see notes for homemade
- 2 (14 oz) cans cranberry sauce
- 12 medium-small buns
- Place pork tenderloin and water into slow cooker and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper if desired. Place the lid on top and set heat to low for about 8 hours or until internal temp is 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium). Drain liquid from slow cooker then shred meat using two forks. Toss with barbecue sauce; set aside.
- To make homemade coleslaw, chop about 5 cups cabbage and grate 1-2 medium/large carrots (peel carrots first). In most grocery stores near the bagged salad mixes, they offer coleslaw now. Use that if needed for easy preparation, if needed. Toss with coleslaw salad dressing. Remove cranberry sauce from container and whisk.
- Butter top of bun and lightly toast, if desired. To assemble, place shredded pork on top of the bottom bun. Top with a good spoon worth of cranberry sauce then coleslaw and top with the bun.