Comfort food meets party food in these open-faced Pulled Pork Sliders With Pineapple Slaw, served on rounds of toasted sweet Hawaiian bread. Perfect for your next party!
This time of year, I CRAVE comfort food. As the temperatures drop, the sky darkens earlier, and the rains fall, I want warm, rich, comforting dishes. Dishes that I can throw into the slow cooker and fill the house with amazing, mouthwatering aromas.
Fall is also indoor potluck season and the start of holiday party season. So why not create comfort food that can easily be enjoyed as party food as well?
That’s exactly what I did when creating this recipe. I took a basic slow cooker recipe that I love (slow cooker pulled pork) and turned it into the perfect party appetizer!
Pulled Pork Sliders with Pineapple Slaw
My slow cooker gets a workout during the fall and winter, and slow cooker pulled pork is one of those dishes that makes its way to our family table at least once a month.
It’s easy, low maintenance, and tastes super delicious. Plus: it’s oh so satisfying, and ultra comforting.
If you’re having guests over or you are bringing a dish to a friend’s party, it’s easy to turn this family fave into a party dish!
Simply make the pulled pork in your slow cooker as usual.
Then, make a slaw to top the pulled pork.
This pineapple slaw recipe is fast and easy as well. And, if you are NOT entertaining guests, you can still use this slaw on regular size pulled pork sandwiches.
I also like that the slaw brings a little but of a summer, island feel to the dish. It pairs beautifully with the flavors of the pulled pork, and with the Hawaiian bread slices.
I actually created this recipe a while back for Franz Bakery. The bread you see here is their Hawaiian Bread. If you can find it in your local grocery store, I highly recommend it for this dish!
If you can’t find it locally, you can use any other similar Hawaiian sliced bread. You can also use regular Hawaiian rolls sliced in half.
When the sweet Hawaiian bread, colorful and crunchy pineapple slaw, and rich, tender slow cooker pulled pork come together, it’s like magic.
Comfort food meets party food.
Bonus: it makes for a beautiful presentation on your potluck or party food table!
Wine Pairing Bliss: Grüner Veltliner
While it may be your first instinct to pair this dish with a red wine because of the pulled pork. However, the tropical flavors of the pineapple and the fresh vegetables in the slaw call for a crisp, dry white wine. The 2016 Ilahe Grüner Veltliner ($17) has light citrus aromas and balanced acidity that complements the bright Hawaiian flavors in these pulled pork sliders with pineapple slaw.
You could also pair this dish with a Sauvignon Blanc, an Albariño, or an Italian Arneis wine.