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Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Pork Sliders

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders (6 servings) 1x


Need an updated spin on sliders? These humble handhelds with smoky sliced pork and spicy peach barbecue sauce will be your new go-to.


  • 1 pound pork loin
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/21 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves (or 12 ounces ripe fresh peaches, diced)
  • 12 slider buns, split and lightly toasted
  • 1 cup pickles (store-bought or homemade)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Rub the pork loin all over with the salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon cumin.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Sear the pork loin on all sides until golden brown. Transfer to a roasting pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and chipotle pepper to the skillet and place over low heat. Saute until fragrant and lightly golden, about 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with Worcestershire sauce. 
  5. Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin, ketchup, vinegar, and peach preserves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for several more minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. For a completely smooth sauce, pulse in a food processor or blender.
  7. Baste the pork with 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Return it to the oven for about 5-8 minutes, until fully cooked and the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Remove from oven. Allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes, and then thinly slice against the grain.
  8. To assemble the sliders, top the bottom half of each bun with a few slices of the pork, several pickles, a heaping spoonful of the sauce, and the top bun.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Slider
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches

Keywords: sliders, barbecue, pork