Pepsi Pulled Pork Sliders

If you want to score big on flavor for your game day party or your next gathering, you have to make these cheesy Pepsi pulled pork sliders. They’re a guaranteed hit and the ultimate crowd-pleaser!

How do I make Pepsi Pulled Pork?

Step 1: Make the spice rub

Prepare the spice rub by combining packed light brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper. Mix the spices until well combined.

Step 2: Season the pork

Cut the pork butt into 4 to 6 equal pieces. Then season with the spice rub, making sure to press the spices into the pork until well coated.

Step 3: Sear the pork

Set the Instant Pot to ‘saute’ mode. Once heated, add neutral oil then sear the pork on all sides until browned, about 1 minute per side. If making this in a slow cooker, sear the pork in a pot then transfer to the slow cooker. If making this in the oven, preheat to 300F (150C). Sear the pork in a heavy-duty oven-safe pot.

Step 4: Add Pepsi and cook

Pour in the Pepsi then cover with the lid. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour, making sure the vent is set to sealing. After 1 hour, allow for natural release, which should take about 20 minutes. For the slow cooker method, cook on low for 8 hours. For the oven, cover with a lid and bake for 4 hours, or until fork tender.

Step 4: Prepare the BBQ sauce

While the pork is cooking, prepare the BBQ sauce by mixing ketchup, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, light brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and cayenne pepper. You can also use pre-made bottled BBQ sauce, about 3/4 cup or to taste.

Step 5: Shred the pork

Remove the pork from the Instant Pot and set aside to cool. When the pork is cool to the touch, shred it with your hands or two forks.

Step 6: Add sauces to pulled pork

Ladle 1/4 cup of the juices from the Instant Pot over the shredded pork. Add the BBQ sauce and mix well.

Step 7: Arrange the pulled pork sliders

Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).

Slice the slider buns in half, making sure not to tear apart each individual slider. Remove the top half of the slider buns then arrange the pulled pork on the bottom half. Add a generous layer of shredded mozzarella cheese then place the top half of the slider buns on top.

Step 8: Brush sliders with garlic butter

In a small bowl, mix melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley. Brush the top of the slider buns with the garlic butter.

Step 9: Bake until cheese has melted

Transfer to the oven in the middle rack. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve hot & enjoy!

5 from 2 votes

Pepsi Pulled Pork Sliders

Servings 12 sliders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Pressure Cooker Natural Release 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless pork butt also known as pork shoulder
  • 7.5 oz can pepsi substitute with Coke, Dr. Pepper or Beer
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 garlic clove minced
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • Hawaiian slider buns 12-pack
  • shredded mozzarella cheese

Spice Rub

  • 1/2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 1/4 cup 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the spice rub by combining packed light brown sugar, salt, smoked paprila, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper. Mix the spices until well combined.
  • Cut the pork butt into 4 to 6 equal pieces. Then season with the spice rub, making sure to press the spices into the pork until well coated.
  • Set the Instant Pot to 'saute' mode. Once heated, add neutral oil then sear the pork on all sides until browned, about 1 minute per side. If making this in a slow cooker, sear the pork in a pot then transfer to the slow cooker. If making this in the oven, preheat to 300F (150C). Sear the pork in a heavy duty oven-safe pot.
  • Pour in the Pepsi then cover with the lid. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour, making sure the vent is set to sealing. After 1 hour, allow for natural release, which should take about 20 minutes. For the slow cooker method, cook on low for 8 hours. For the oven, cover with lid and bake for 4 hours, or until fork tender.
  • While the pork is cooking, prepare the BBQ sauce by mixing ketchup, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, light brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and cayenne pepper. You can also use pre-made bottled BBQ sauce, about 3/4 cup or to taste.
  • Remove the pork from the Instant Pot and set aside to cool. When the pork is cool to the touch, shred it with your hands or two forks. Ladle 1/4 cup of the juices from the Instant Pot over the shredded pork. Add the BBQ sauce and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).
  • Slice the slider buns in half, making sure not to tear apart each individual slider. Remove the top half of the slider buns then arrange the pulled pork on the bottom half. Add a generous layer of shredded mozzarella cheese then place the top half of the slider buns on top.
  • In a small bowl, mix melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley. Brush the top of the slider buns with the garlic butter.
  • Transfer to the oven in the middle rack. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is SO delicious! My husband and picky eater children loved these sliders. Very easy to understand directions and the Instant pot does all the work for you. Will make again

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Monique! I’m so happy that you and your family loved this recipe 🙂

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