Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sweet Potato Sliders

The Floured Countertop
by The Floured Countertop
12 Pieces
1 hr 20 min

I posted recently about my Sweet Potato buns, and now I’m excited to share with you my favorite way to use them - with this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork. They’re one of my favorite recipes I’ve created so far- these little sandwiches pack a punch in flavor and deliciousness. They’re great for dinner, but because of their size, are versatile enough to use for gatherings like a Baby or Bridal shower, a nice lunch, or backyard BBQ.

The meat is cooked to perfection and practically falls apart when it’s time to be shredded with a fork. But mix that with savory meat with the sweetness of a Sweet Potato Bun? Game. Over. You’ll be craving it again and again!

Also, you’ll notice I attached a recipe for Garlic Ranch Mayo. You might be tempted to skip this by the time you get everything ready (I know I have!), but it is 100% worth the extra 2-3 minutes it takes to whip that up!

I hope you find these as delightful as I have since I created this recipe a year ago- if you try this or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below! And don’t forget to follow along for more fun recipes and food talk on Instagram or Pinterest @theflouredcountertop.

Instant Pot BBQ Pork Sweet Potato Sliders
Recipe details
  • 12  Pieces
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 20 min
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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork & Sliders
  • 1 Batch of Sweet Potato buns (made into 12 slider buns)
  • 1.5 lbs Pork shoulder
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 cup of your Favorite BBQ sauce (I like Kinders)
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp dried minced Onion
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Parsley
Garlic Ranch Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Ranch Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Cut your pork into four or five different chunks and place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp each of onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika, then sprinkle over the pork and mix thoroughly.
Pour enough olive oil into your instant pot to coat the bottom of it. Set it to the ‘sauté’ mode and brown both sides of each piece. After the meat is browned, set it aside and deglaze the pot. To do that, pour a little bit of water in the hot pot and scrape up the bits at the bottom. Make sure to do this to avoid a 'burn' notice when cooking the meat in the future. Browning the meat is an optional step, but highly recommended for maximum flavor!
Place the pork back in the instant pot, along with the 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 1 Tbsp Liquid smoke, 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup Bbq sauce, and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Cook on high pressure for one hour, with a 15 minute natural pressure release, the quick release the pressure.
Remove the pork from the instant pot and shred, saving 1/2 cup of the marinade that it cooked in for later.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When your slider buns are cooled and cut in half, take off the tops and put the bottom halves in a 9x13 pan- top with the pulled pork. Pour the 1/2 cup of marinade over the pork, then put the tops back on.
Now, mix the melted 4 Tbsp of Butter, 1/2 Tbsp Dried Parsley, 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt, and 1 Tbsp dried Minced Onion together, then brush the mixture on top the sliders. Cover with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove foil and broil for an extra 2-3 minutes. 
Combine the ingredients of the Garlic Ranch Mayo (1/2 cup of Mayo, 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 1/2 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning, and 1 tsp Garlic Powder), then top each slider with it and bbq sauce.
  • To save time, you can buy frozen Sweet Potatoes that can be quickly steamed in the bag in the microwave! Just cook it for 2-3 minutes longer than recommended, to make them easier to mash
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  • Liisa Stewart Liisa Stewart on Aug 24, 2020

    5 servings from 12 rolls - 2.4 sliders per person; should that be 6 servings????? Also, do you have nutrition information? I don't make anything anymore if I don't have that information. Calories, fat and carbs at minimum.

    • The Floured Countertop The Floured Countertop on Aug 27, 2020

      Thanks for pointing out that serving size- I’ve changed it.

      I don’t have nutritional information, but I’m sure there’s a website you could type the info into.

  • Barbara Howard-Morgan Barbara Howard-Morgan on Aug 25, 2020

    What about in the crockpot, for those of us that don't have an instapot?