Sweet Hawaiian Pork Sliders

These Hawaiian Pork Sliders Are So Easy To Make And Are A Huge Crowd Pleaser With Sweet Brown Sugar And Pineapple Goodness!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Meg & Peg Clifford


  • 4.5 lbs Pork Shoulder Butt Roast Farmer John
  • 1 can Pineapple Rings in juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 purple onion thinly sliced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pack Hawaiian rolls (24 count)
  • 1 pack Meunster or Swiss Cheese sliced
  • poppy seeds

Secret Sauce

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger


  1. Place thinly sliced onion into instant pot (or crock pot).

  2. Prepare pork by cutting away any excess fat and season with garlic salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large pan and brown the meat on all sides. Once browned, place on top of onions.

  3. Pour entire can of pineapple rings and juice into the pot over the meat as well as the brown sugar. If using an instant pot, cook for about 55 minutes and let slow release until you are ready to use. In a crock pot, about 7-8 hours on low would be fine. Shred the meat with the pineapple and onion inside and let sit in juices.

  4. After the meat is done, add the juice from a can of pineapple rings (or 1 cup) to the pan and the remaining ingredients to make the "Secret Sauce". Keep on medium heat and whisk until it simmers and begins to foam. Then remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of meat juices from your pork pot. It should be almost a syrup consistency.

  5. To assemble, cut hawaiian rolls length-wise into 2 pieces (i think it's easier to do as one large piece rather than separate them into individual rolls).Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spread secret sauce over both sides of the roll, add slices of cheese on either side, then place a generous amount of meat (with the pineapple chunks and onion) on one side and close the sandwiches. 

  6. Turn on your broiler in the oven on low if you can, and place pan inside for 2-3 minutes watching closely so the tops don't burn, but that the cheese melts. Remove and either brush the tops with more sauce or butter and sprinkle poppy seeds over each one. Devour slowly and dramatically for best effect.