Finally sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes with you all today. Smoked Kalua Pork Sliders with Guava Spiced Rum BBQ Sauce.
Kalua pork is a staple in our house and we make it either in the slow cooker or in our smoker. We always made it in the slow cooker with liquid smoke and Hawaiian sea salt until we got our smoker and now we make it more often in the smoker. Correction. My husband makes it in HIS smoker. If you don’t have a smoker you can still make the pork in the slow cooker, just omit the foil. I still make it in the slow cooker, but he is the master of the smoker and after the first time he made it in the smoker I knew I wanted to add the recipe to my blog. And in the form of Kalua Pork sliders.
The pork gets the authentic smoky flavor from the smoker and it is wrapped in banana leaves to retain moisture. It is good served over sticky rice but in slider form with Hawaiian rolls and a spiced rum guava bbq sauce? Amazing.
When we were in Maui last year I had a Kalua Pork burger with Guava BBQ sauce. I added the sauce to my list or recipes to make or try to recreate. I wanted to make it more guavaey than tomatoey because guava is such a delicate flavor and could easily be over-powered by other flavors such as tomato.
I made this sauce a few times before I got it tasting exactly how I wanted, and after I photographed the Kalua pork sliders and we had them for dinner a few nights in a row I realized I only had a little bit left for a photograph!! I am a backwards blogger, we eat first then photograph. Not photograph first and make everyone wait to eat.
The secret to this sauce (besides the spiced rum) is letting it reduce then chilling at least 4 hours up to over night. The longer the better for the flavors to meld and for the sauce to thicken up. I based this Guava BBQ Sauce off my Pina Colada BBQ Sauce and as you can see I have an affinity for tropical ( and boozy) BBQ sauces.
The other best part about these Kalua pork sliders is the Hawaiian rolls in place of traditional slider buns. I found these Hawaiian rolls at Whole Foods made by the Alpine Valley Bread Company, a brand of organic bread that we love, and these rolls are excellent. Lightly toasted they are perfect for sliders.
We make these Kalua pork sliders often. Once the pork is cooked it is so easy to reheat for a quick meal on a busy weeknight. My kids love these and we even had them for Christmas Eve dinner last year for our Hawaiian Luau dinner along with some Mai Tais. Thin pickle slices are a must have as well.
The Kalua pork sliders with guava spiced rum bbq sauce recipe is a long recipe only because it takes some time for the pork to cook in the smoker – low and slow makes for super tender pork and the sauce is best a day after it is made. You can make both the pork and sauce ahead of time and reheat before making the sliders.
Cooking time for the pork - 6.5-9 hours Cooking time for the sauce - 30-40 min
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For the Guava BBQ Sauce:
For the sliders:
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Enjoy these delicious Smoked Kalua Pork Sliders with Guava Spiced Rum BBQ Sauce with a cold beer or a Mai Tai!
Cooking time for the pork - 6.5-9 hours
Cooking time for the sauce - 30-40 min