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Pulled Pork Doughnut Hole Sliders

Total Time

Prep: 55 min. Cook: 8 hours


5 dozen

Updated: Jan. 26, 2023
This slider recipe was created by accident when we had a surplus of root beer from a party. Now we can't have barbecue any other way! —Eden Dranger, Los Angeles, California
Pulled Pork Doughnut Hole Sliders Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 bottle (2 liters) root beer
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder roast (about 3 pounds)
  • SLAW:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 60 plain doughnut holes
  • 60 appetizer skewers
  • Additional barbecue sauce, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, bring root beer to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook, uncovered, until liquid is reduced by half, 30-45 minutes. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce, salt and ginger. Add roast, turning to coat.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until pork is tender, 8-10 hours. For slaw, in a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, vinegar and syrup. Stir in coleslaw mix. Refrigerate, covered, until flavors are blended, at least 1 hour.
  3. Remove pork from slow cooker; skim fat from cooking juices. Remove meat from bones; shred with 2 forks. Return juices and pork to slow cooker; heat through.
  4. To serve, cut doughnut holes in half; cut a thin slice off bottoms to level. Serve pork and slaw in doughnut holes; secure with skewers. If desired, serve with additional barbecue sauce.

Can you freeze Pulled Pork Doughnut Hole Sliders?

Freeze cooled pork mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring gently.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Serve these sliders assembled or keep the meat hot on a buffet table with all the fixings and have guests make their own.
  • The root beer adds flavor to the shredded meat, but doesn’t make it too sweet.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 slider: 138 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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