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Pulled Pork Doughnut Hole Sliders

Total Time

Prep: 55 min. Cook: 8 hours


5 dozen

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.
    Freeze option: 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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