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Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders

5 from 17 votes
Time: 30 minutes
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These slow cooker Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders are easy, delicious, and perfect to make for a crowd. They are tender, juicy pulled pork smothered in apple butter BBQ sauce, topped with melty cheese, crunchy onions, and toasty buns.

Sliders have always been the perfect comfort food, last minute dinner, and hearty appetizer. Is it the charm of a mini sandwich? Or the explosion of flavors and textures? Either way, these Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders are always a hit and a beloved family recipe I am happy to share with you.

For more fun and crowd pleasing recipes check out my appetizers (includes more slider recipes)! If you like pork, you have to try my Smoked Pork Butt, traditional Pulled Pork Sliders, or this Marinated Pork Tenderloin.

Pork sliders with toasty buns, tender apple butter bbq slow cooker pulled pork, cheese, and crunchy onions.

These Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders have brought our family together time and time again! Growing up they were a huge part of our family card game nights (because they are so effortless and delicious).

Over time the recipe has been slightly adapted, but melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork and tangy sweet apple butter BBQ sauce are still the main flavors. I have added an extra layer of melty cheese and crunchy sweet onions for my touch of love. You will not regret making these sliders a tradition in your family.

3 Reasons You’ll LOVE These Sliders

1. The homemade Apple Butter BBQ Sauce is a family recipe and unique addition to these pork sliders. Not to mention, it is packed with festive fall flavors and easy to whip up.

2. They are super easy to make. The slow cooker pulled pork cooks itself which means you can sit back and relax. Then there is 10 minutes of prepping the sliders and 20 minutes for them to bake. Again, so easy especially if you are cooking for a crowd and have other things on your mind.

3. You can double or triple the recipe for really large crowds without any additional effort!

Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders finished baking in the pan

Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders Ingredients

  • Apple Butter BBQ Pulled Pork – I recommend making this one to two days prior. It gives you plenty of time to slow cook it, around 8 to 10 hours needed. The refrigerator time overnight allows the flavors to develop and meld together even more too. If you have a pellet smoker, try my Smoked Pork Butt recipe instead!
  • Apple Butter BBQ Sauce – Not only does the pulled pork cook in this BBQ sauce but there is also an extra layer on the sliders. Get the recipe here! You can also use store-bought brands but homemade is so much better.
  • Brioche Slider Buns – This light and fluffy bun soaks up all the delicious flavors and toasts beautifully too! Feel free to use Hawaiian rolls or even gluten free buns.
  • Onion – Make sure they are thinly sliced so as the sliders bake the onion will slightly softened but still maintain the warmth and crunch when you eat them.
  • Cheeses – I chose Swiss and Gruyere because they are awesome melting cheeses. They also have a nutty and earthy flavor which pairs well with the other flavors.
  • Seasoned Butter Sauce – This goes on top of your sliders before you bake them. It gives the bread moisture, salt, and extra flavor. All you need is butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion flakes, dried parsley, and poppy seeds.
Ingredients for the sliders. slider buns, swiss cheese, gruyere cheese, apple butter bbq sauce, pulled pork, onions, seasoned butter sauce.

Equipment Needed

  • Slow Cooker: I use a 6qt programmable Crock-Pot that automatically shuts off depending on how it is set.
  • 9×13 inch Baking Dish (I prefer glass): This one from Pyrex is my favorite because it also comes with a lid. Perfect for clean up and storing leftovers.
  • Meat Claws: For shredding the BBQ pork with ease, I use these stainless steel ones.

Making the Slow Cooker BBQ Pork

The BBQ Pulled Pork cooks low and slow which is why it is so tender and delicious. It is as easy as placing the pork butt or shoulder roast, Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, and water into your crock pot. Cook it on low for 8 to 10 hours and it will easily shred with a fork.

TIP: As tempting as it may be, don’t lift the cover of your crockpot during cooking. It releases the heat and moisture you need in the pot necessary for the fall-of-the-bone pulled pork.

I refrigerated my pulled pork overnight and made the sliders the next day.

TIP: Remove the excess liquid before shredding the pulled pork and placing in the refrigerator. Removing the majority of liquid ensures we don’t have soggy sliders.

lifting slider out of the pan to serve

Assembling the Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders

1. Start by setting your oven to 375° F and prep your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (this will keep them from sticking).

2. Place the bottom half of your slider buns in your pan and slather with Apple Butter BBQ Sauce. Next you are going to add a generous layer of apple butter BBQ pulled pork on top of that.

3. Evenly distribute your onions.

4. Sprinkle on the Swiss cheese, and Gruyere cheese.

5. Cover with the top layer of your slider buns and lightly press down to help them stick together. Then in a small bowl mix together your melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion flakes, parsley, and poppy seeds. Use a baster brush to add the seasoned butter sauce all over the tops of your slider buns.

6. Cover your sliders with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minute. Covering them creates steam and allows everything to get melty without burning and drying out. Once they are done baking remove the aluminum foil and allow them to bake for an additional 10 minutes to get toasty.

7. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

These Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders taste delicious with so many things, but here are just a few ideas:

DON’T FORGET to leave out your jar of Apple Butter BBQ Sauce for those who want to add more to their sliders!

Storing and Reheating Information

Sliders should always be stored covered and in the refrigerator for up to three days. Keep in mind the longer they are kept in the refrigerator, the soggier the buns will get. I do not recommend freezing.

Easily reheat your leftover sliders by throwing them in the oven for 10 minutes at 375° F. Or microwave them for 30 seconds to a minute until warmed through.

sliders with extra sauce

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I use another type of BBQ sauce?

YES! This recipe uses my apple butter BBQ sauce but you can always substitute it for your favorite homemade or store bought BBQ sauce.

My top buns are getting too browned, what do I do?

If you see your buns getting brown quickly as they bake, loosely place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the sliders. This will keep the heat from burning and drying out the buns.

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Pork sliders with toasty buns, tender apple butter bbq pulled pork made in the slow cooker.

Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders

Elizabeth Swoish
Easy and delicious slow cooker pulled pork sliders topped with melty cheese, crunchy onion, and delicious BBQ sauce! These Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders are baked to perfection and great to feed a crowd or meal prep lunches.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 208 kcal



BBQ Pulled Pork

  • 2-3 pounds pork butt or shoulder roast
  • 1 cup Apple Butter BBQ Sauce - my recipe or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons water

Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders

  • 12 pack Brioche slider buns
  • ½ cup Apple Butter BBQ Sauce - my recipe or store-bought
  • 2-3 pounds shredded BBQ pulled pork
  • 1 onion - thinly sliced
  • 4-6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


BBQ Pulled Pork

  • Have a batch of my Apple Butter BBQ Sauce ready.
  • Place the pork butt or shoulder roast, Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, and water into your crock pot. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours (you can also do high for 4 to 5 hours).
  • Remove the excess liquid from the BBQ Pulled Pork. Shred the meat using a fork and set aside.

Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders

  • Set your oven to 375° F and center your oven rack. Prepare a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Slice the slider buns in half longways while keeping them attached. Place the bottom buns in your pan and set the top portion aside.
  • Smother the bottom buns with Apple Butter BBQ Sauce and then evenly layer the pulled pork on top.
  • Sprinkle your thinly chopped onion on top of the pulled pork.
  • Add an even layer of shredded Gruyere cheese first and then the sliced swiss cheese on top of that. Place the top buns on last.
  • In a small bowl mix together the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion flakes, parsley, and poppy seeds. Slather the mixture all over the buns.
  • Cover your pan with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes. Once done remove the aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the sliders from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.



Storing Information:

  • Pulled pork can be stored covered for up to 4 days, or frozen it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Sliders can be stored covered for up to 7 days.

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on September 16th, 2021
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Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Read Elizabeth's food journey or connect on your favorite social media channels.

34 thoughts on “Apple Butter BBQ Pork Sliders”

  1. 5 stars
    We had tons of canned apple butter and leftover pulled pork, so I decided to try these on a whim. They were phenomenal! One of our new favorites!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these this weekend for a crab feast I was going to. I quadrupled the recipe and I got many many compliments on them. I did make 3 slight changes. I carmelized my onions to add on top of pulled pork (not a big fan of raw onion), I used provolone and mozzarella cheeses instead for inside sliders (not a big fan of Swiss cheese and I did half the amount if chili powder( can’t do a lot of heat). Other than those 3modifications followed recipe exactly. They were Delicious and recipe is a real keeper!!!

  3. Pork Butt does make the best pulled pork. It’s really inexpensive. I watch for it on sale and cook it all day in crock pot. It just falls off the bone.

  4. 5 stars
    this is perfect for our movie night session, and that I can leave it and be done after Im done with chores. The apple butter is so good too.


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