BBQ Sliders

BBQ Pork

Kids love food that fits in their own hands, and these BBQ sliders are perfect!  We were first introduced to the concept of making our own BBQ sauce by Chef Lynsie during one of our Cooking Classes, and have never used a bottled version sense! Making your own sauce gives you control of the ingredients, and saves money.  For this recipe, we use tender overnight pork, which is a one pot, no-fuss recipe that can be made days ahead. 



1/3 cup overnight pork roast, shredded
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar or molasses/honey
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 red cabbage, shredded
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp mayo
1 pkg whole wheat slider buns


Budget Tip!

You can store this BBQ sauce in the fridge for up to a month.  Much cheaper than buying a new jar in the store. 


  • Make your own BBQ sauce: in a blender combine the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, aminos, garlic, and onion powder. 
  • Pour blended ingredients into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sauce reduces and thickens. It will get thicker as it cools, to remove from heat before it appears too thick. 
  • Set sauce aside.  You can store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a month!
  • Reheat shredded pork with a small amount of homemade BBQ sauce in a saucepan.  
  • While pork is reheating, make slaw by combining cabbage and peppers with mayo, adding a pinch of salt and splash of vinegar.
  • Toast buns in the oven just before serving, and top with heated pork, slaw, and a drizzle of extra BBQ sauce. 

Developmental Notes

Adding sweet BBQ sauce to proteins, can make meat more tasty for kids.  They can even help combine the ingredients, without too much worry about making a mess!  The benefits of protein for meals and snacks is tremendous.  It provides lasting energy, has a low glycemic index, and is important for concentration and regulated behaviors.  Diets high in protein, and low in sugar, have been shown to be beneficial in reducing ADHD symptoms!

Let us know if you try it!