Deep South pulled pork sliders with sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Preparation time

Cooking time
1 to 2 hours

Serves 4


Perfect for a crowd and easy to make, these sliders will give your party a USA vibe!

By Donal Skehan
From Saturday Kitchen


  • 1 x 1kg/2lb 4oz boneless pork shoulder
  • 4 floury baps, to serve

For the marinade

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1½ tsp Tabasco
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp English mustard powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 6 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp treacle
  • 75g/2¾oz dark brown sugar
  • sea salt

For the sweet potato fries

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into thin chips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • a few fresh thyme sprigs

For the coleslaw

  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • ½ head white cabbage, finely shredded
  • ½ head red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. To make the marinade, put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you have a smooth mixture.
  2. For the sliders, put the pork in a large saucepan, pour over the marinade and turn the meat until coated. Cover and marinade in the fridge for 2 hours, or overnight if you have the time.
  3. Place the pan over a high heat, add just enough water to cover the meat (you will need about 1 litre/1¾ pints) and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a steady simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 1½ hours, or until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork. You will need to turn the pork during the cooking time.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 210C/190C Fan/Gas 6. Put the sweet potato in a large roasting tin, drizzle over the oil and sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning and thyme. Roast for 35–40 minutes, turning halfway, until slightly charred on the edges.
  5. When the pork is cooked, remove it from the sauce using a carving fork. Shred the meat, then transfer to a plate, cover with kitchen foil and set aside. Return the marinade to the heat and bring a steady simmer. Cook without a lid until reduced and thick.
  6. For the coleslaw, put the buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar and garlic in a large bowl. Add the carrots, cabbages and spring onions and toss until coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. To serve, spoon the sauce over the pork. Toast the buns. Serve the pork in a toasted buns with the sweet potato fries and coleslaw.
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