Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders Paired with Zin for the Win

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and as America’s second-largest food holiday, we’re sharing a delicious food and wine pairing that will score big with any crowd. Pair Frank Family’s Napa Valley Zinfandel or Chiles Valley Zinfandel with these sweet and spicy Hawaiian pulled pork sliders that combine smoky barbecue sauce with pepper jack cheese and tart pineapple for the perfect bite. 

Ingredients: Pulled Pork

4-5 lbsPork butt or shoulder
12 ozPineapple juice
½ TbsGarlic powder
1 TbsPaprika
½ TbsOnion powder
¼ tspCayenne pepper
2 TbsPacked brown sugar
To tasteSalt and black pepper

Ingredients: Sandwiches

3 CupsPulled pork
⅔ CupsBarbecue Sauce
½ CupPineapple, chopped
12 eachKing’s Hawaiian dinner rolls
4 eachPepper jack cheese slices
½ CupSalted butter, melted
Optional toppingsColeslaw mix or crispy fried onions

Method: Pulled Pork

  1. Trim excess fat off pork and place in slow cooker.
  2. Combine spices in a small bowl then rub all over the pork.
  3. Pour pineapple juice around the pork.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours, until pork is tender and shreds easily with a fork.
  5. Using two forks, shred the pork and discard any liquid. Set aside.

Method: Sandwiches

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the pulled pork and barbecue sauce, coating the meat evenly.
  4. Use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Brush a few tablespoons of the melted butter onto the bottom of the rolls.
  6. Layer the pulled pork over the rolls and top with chopped pineapples and sliced cheese.
  7. Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches and brush with the remaining butter.
  8. Cover rolls loosely with foil then bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake another 3-5 minutes to brown.
  9. Slice into individual sliders and top with coleslaw or fried onions, if desired. Enjoy!