Summer is winding down, and I am so ready for Fall, but at the same time, I can’t get enough of those classic summertime meals. I am not a huge fan of barbecue, in fact for years I downright hated it. Hopefully that doesn’t make me too un-American! But I have gradually started to eat the stuff here and there. Last night I made a 6 lb. pork Boston butt roast, and like usual I leave all the sauce on the side, because I know there’s no way Rob and I could eat it all. I usually end up repurposing the roast into another meal or two with different flavors anyway. Today for some reason I had a huge craving for a pulled pork sandwich with some crisp coleslaw. So I broke out my trusty crockpot and got to work. I’m all about turning leftovers into makeovers! Adding in the sriracha gave these sandwiches the same great smoky-sweet barbecue flavor, but with a kick of heat right at the end. It wasn’t the salty or peppery flavor that buffalo or normal hot sauce gives you; instead the sriracha blends nicely with the barbecue and gives you this smoky heat in the background that you almost can’t quite figure out, but you know you want more!
I wanted to pair this pork with something crisp, not too creamy, and sweet to balance out the spicy. I have made coleslaw with vinaigrette salad dressing before, and it has become sort of a specialty in our house. I love any kind of coleslaw, but after a while that creamy cabbage drenched in whipped salad dressing and fat becomes a bit much, and I wanted to take the calories down a notch but still keep it flavorful and most importantly crisp. No one likes a soggy coleslaw. Instead I cut the mayonnaise in half (I am not a Miracle Whip fan) and add in some balsamic dressing, which pairs really nicely with sweet apples and poppy seeds. What you get is an instant summer classic perfect for topping these sliders with.
Whether you have leftover chicken or pork, these sliders make a great way to stretch another meal out of last night’s main course. I used about half of my roast, and 3 lbs. of pulled pork could easily feed a crowd These are perfect for one of the last weekend get-togethers of summer. Plus now I can actually sit back, relax and enjoy the last bit of summer because I took care of dinner for the next two nights thanks to my leftover makeover ?