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Spicy Pork Sliders with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

May 12, 2020
Photo by jennskitchendiary
Author Notes

My nephew Miles loves pulled pork! For a family get-together, I asked him what he wanted me to make. Of course, he requested something with slow cooked pork using Latin spices. Which is how I came up with these spicy pulled pork sliders. Because the pulled pork brings spice and savory meatiness, I wanted to add some sweetness with Hawaiian rolls. Some lovely pickled red onion helps to cut into the heavy richness of the pulled pork and adds a nice crunch to the sliders. Lastly, the creamy cilantro lime sauce brings everything together with its luscious richness. The creamy sauce adds a zing and cools the tongue from all the wonderful spices in the pulled pork. Every component serves a purpose and helps to make this a complete dish.

jennskitchendiary

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 6 hours
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • Pulled Pork
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork butt
  • 1 1/2 cups medium spicy red salsa
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ spice rub
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Slider Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime- juice & zest
  • 1/2 cup full fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 10 Hawaiian rolls
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 cup plain full fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 12 Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Pulled Pork
  2. Rub pork butt with BBQ spice rub.
  3. Add salsa into a slow cooker with diced tomato and water.
  4. Place pork butt into the slow cooker. Set slow cooker on high and allow to slow cook for 5 hours until pork is falling apart.
  5. After pork is done, remove pork from liquid and pull apart with 2 forks.
  6. Remove excess fat from the pork's cooking liquid. Then transfer the liquid into a saucepan. Turn heat on high and boil for 20-25 minutes until it reduces to 1/2 the volume and coats the back of a spoon.
  7. When sauce has reduced, mix into the pulled pork and set aside.
  1. Slider Ingredients
  2. Add water, white vinegar, sugar, salt and mix together until salt and sugar dissolve. Add in sliced red onion and allow to sit in the refrigerator.
  3. Add cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, yogurt, cotjia cheese, black pepper, salt, and sugar into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste for seasonings and add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.
  4. Assemble sliders: Add cilantro sauce to both sides of Hawaiian rolls. Place a scoop of pulled pork onto one side of the roll. Add pickled onion and chopped cilantro on top of pulled pork. Top with another Hawaiian bun.

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