Paleo Barbecue Pulled-Pork Sliders

Coming down with a good case of spring fever? Can’t wait to get a taste of summer barbecue but the weather’s still a touch too cool to fire up the grill?

This recipe could be the answer. It’s a super-easy slow-cooker barbecue pulled pork, and we even created a small paleo and gluten-free bun to pile all the flavorful goodness on. After all, what’s a pulled pork slider with out its cute little bun?

We simply put a pork butt in the crock pot all seasoned up on a bed of chopped onions with a little barbecue sauce on top. You let it cook all day, drain the liquid (I strained it and added the onions and a cup of the strained liquid back into the mix) and shredded the pork. Then you just put the pork you shredded back into the crock pot with a cup or two of barbecue sauce and let it cook for another 30 minutes. That’s about it – so easy.

Our Paleo Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe is super simple to whip up too, and you can make it ahead of time if you want.

The Paleo Buns Recipe* is also a breeze. You all know by now, I try to keep it as simple as possible. The slider mini-buns are about 3 to 3 1/2 inches a round and make 6 buns. You could always make them larger if you want and get about 4 buns out of the recipe – just be sure and add a few more minutes to the cooking time. *(Keep in mind these buns are more like biscuits and not light and fluffy wheat buns…but good enough to hold your slider.)

Let’s just say my hubby and I really enjoyed this succulent little slider. Sweet and smokey with a little kick. You can certainly turn up the heat on the BBQ sauce if you like by adding a little cayenne or chipotle. I know BBQ sauce is very subjective – everyone’s tastes are so different. But like most Paleo Newbie recipes, you can easily adjust the sauce to your liking. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-22qo3i’]

So when everything was ready we piled the pork high and dug in! I added sliced avocado to mine because that’s just how I roll. A little slaw on top would be a nice touch too.

Try these pork sliders out. They are so easy to make and would be perfect for your next party too! Go ahead, show off your paleo awesomeness! It’s ok to be proud. ;)


Paleo Barbeque Pulled-Pork Sliders Recipe

Paleo Barbeque Pulled-Pork Sliders Recipe


  • 2 - 2 1/2 lbs of pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of smokey paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne


    BBQ Sauce & Buns Prep
  1. Make our Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipe or use your favorite
  2. Make our Paleo Buns Recipe for sliders, if desired
  3. Pork Crock Pot Cooking Instructions
  4. Set your crock pot to low
  5. Chop onion and add to crock pot
  6. Combine all dry spices above into a small bowl
  7. Rub spices on all sides of the pork roast
  8. Place pork roast into the crock pot
  9. Pour about 1 cup of barbecue sauce over the pork roast
  10. Cook about 6 to 8 hours (it will look like there is not much liquid in the crock pot as it begins to cook – the pork will slowly add its own juices to the liquid)
  11. Remove pork from crock pot
  12. Scoop out loose onions and set those aside
  13. Strain remaining liquid – you should end up with 1-2 cups of strained liquid
  14. Shred pork and place back into empty crock pot
  15. Add the the cooked onions you set aside and pour the strained liquid back into the pot
  16. Next add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce, stir and let simmer in crock pot about 30 minutes
  17. Place pork on paleo buns if desired
  18. Top meat with extra barbecue sauce if desired

Join the Conversation

  1. I’ll be making this tonight, but have a 7Lb pork. How long do you think I need to cook this? Appreciate your help. Sounds wonderful!

    1. Sorry Betty…I might be a bit late answering you! But for everyone else with a good-sized pork to roast, I’d say for a 7-pounder the time would be around 8 to 10 hours. If you have an instant read meat thermometer, the collagen starts to break down around 160-degrees F internal temp, and you should let it continue to cook until it reaches about 180-degrees F or so. Turn off crock pot and let the meat start to cool down inside the crock pot to reabsorb the surrounding liquid. Also, if you’re cooking pork with a fat cap make sure it’s on top so the dissolving fat trickles down through the meat.

  2. Another favorite to add to the list. The kids licked their plates this time. Absolutely loved this dish.

  3. This is in the crockpot right now and the smell is driving the house MAD! We CANNOT WAIT for dinner!!!!!

  4. I’ve made this recipe four times now and it always comes out amazingly! I serve the sliders with a little bit of coleslaw made with shredded coleslaw mix, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, and orange juice. The longer the slaw sits in the vinegar/oj, the better. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. That sounds so good right now! Great with the addition of the slaw! :)

  5. I am unable to open the link for the bbq sauce. Another page opens when I click it, and the message reads “This page has a redirect loop” with a button that reads ‘details’ and another that reads ‘redirect’. Can you pretty please check into this? I would like to see this sauce recipe!

    1. So sorry about that Emily! The links are fixed…thanks for brining to my attention!

  6. I made this last night (not with buns, I served with baked sweet potato) and it came out amazing! I subbed out the honey with agave nectar and added a bit more apple cider vinegar as I like my BBQ sauce vinegary, but all was great. I’ll freeze half of the finished meal as I got a lot! (I doubled this recipe!)

    1. Hi Christina, I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe! Everything is awesome over a sweet potato right? I do that all the time! Great idea to double and freeze half. Great meal planning idea. Thank you for sharing! :)

  7. Hi! This looks amazing. About how many would this recipe serve?

  8. Hello, how can I make this in a pot instead of a Crock pot? I will be using Chicken breasts

    1. Yes you can use a large pot over low heat for a few hours or until chicken is cooked and easy to shred with a fork.

  9. I think this is the best Paleo recipe I have tried so far. This stuff is AMAZING! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Julee! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. you just made my day. :)

  10. I’m making this now and am pressed for time. Is there a reason why the onions removed and liquid strained just to put it all back in after shredding the pork?

    1. Lisa, it’s just to have a thicker BBQ mixture when combined. You can skip that step if you like.

      1. These came out absolutely amazing! I’ve been paleo for six months now and this is hands down the best meal I’ve had. Even my non paleo husband was asking for seconds

        1. Lisa, hi and yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Your comment means a lot to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! :)

  11. I just made this! Uhm I just tasted it because it is not time to actually eat yet. Oh wow, I just want to sit down with the whole 2lbs and eat away!! Yummy! Made with your BBQ sauce and will make the buns with it as well soon, I just had to walk away so I don’t eat it all now.

  12. Amazing Jess! Thanks xx

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