Adobo Sliders

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
March 28, 2024 | Updated on March 28, 2024

This adobo sliders recipe features tender pork, tangy pickled papayas, and rich kewpie mayo between oven toasted bread. These mouthwatering pork sliders are great for meal prep and perfect for parties.

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A sliders recipe wins over the crowd, every time! And this particular recipe features fork-tender Filipino adobo pork, a process that involves braising the meat with ingredients like cane vinegar and soy sauce. You haven’t tasted sliders more savory, satisfying, and flavorful!

Why This Sliders Recipe Works

  • Party Food – Whether it’s a Super Bowl party, potluck, or casual gathering, you can easily feed a crowd with this recipe. It’s a hearty appetizer or filling meal with a delicious side.
  • Great for Meal Prep – If you want a quick weeknight meal, prepare your adobo and toppings ahead of time. Then all you have to do is toast the bread and assemble for dinner that’s ready in 10 minutes.
  • Versatile – Sliders are easy to customize: the meat, bread, and toppings are totally up to you. I provide delicious alternatives so you can pick and choose which elements suit your taste buds.
adobo sliders on a flat surface

What are Sliders?

Sliders are mini sandwiches. Traditionally, the dish uses ground beef and is served hot but there are many variations including ham and cheese, Philly cheesesteak, and adobo pork.

close up view of adobo pork sliders

Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Adobo Sliders

The key ingredients for adobo sliders are easy to find in most grocery stores. For the specific brands of cane vinegar and soy sauce, go to your local Asian market.

  • Avocado oil – Use this neutral cooking oil to brown the meat.
  • Pork shoulder – When slow cooked, this tough cut of meat becomes so juicy and tender. Cut it into 3½-inch squares for cooking.
  • Kosher salt – I always use Diamond Crystal to season.
  • Freshly cracked black pepper – For bold, peppery flavor, use this.
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic adds a vibrant, aromatic quality so skip the bottled variety.
  • Yellow onion –  Quartered onions add sweet depth to the dish.
  • Cane vinegar – For that distinct tangy note, use the Datu Puti brand.
  • Water – This thins out the consistency of the adobo sauce.
  • Soy sauce – Lauriat brand adds a salty, umami flavor.
  • Whole black peppercorn – This infuses the sauce with more pepper flavor. You can discard them when you’re done cooking or enjoy them with the rest of the meal.
  • Light brown sugar –  The sweetness balances the savory notes of the dish.
raw pork shoulder on a parchment lined baking sheet

Slider Toppings

  • Atchara – These pickled green papayas are a sweet, tangy contrast to the savory adobo pork. Check out my easy atchara recipe for the details.

Sliders

  • Dinner rolls – The best rolls for sliders are Dave’s Killer Bread Rock ‘N’ Rolls. This organic whole-grain bread has the perfect size, texture, and taste for mini sandwiches.
  • Kewpie mayo – This ultra creamy mayonnaise is a delicious base for dinner rolls.
a bowl of atchara (pickled green papaya)

How To Make Sliders

Give yourself enough time to slowly cook the pork shoulder. Although it takes at least 2 hours on the stovetop, it’s very easy to make.

  1. Remove pork from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.
  2. Add oil to a hot skillet over medium-high flame. Add pork and cook until browned on all sides, 15-20 minutes. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your braiser or pot.
chunks of cooked pork in a skillet

3. Transfer pork to a bowl. Cover and set aside.

4. Lower heat to medium. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic. Cook for an additional 1 minute.

5. Return pork and its juices back to the braiser.

Add soy sauce, pepper, peppercorns, sugar, and bay leaves and stir until well-mixed. Add vinegar (DO NOT MIX) and cover the braiser with a lid. Wait until contents reach a boil before stirring.

6. Once the liquid reaches a boil, gently stir and add water. Cover with lid again and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 2 hours to 2½ hours (or until meat is fork-tender), flipping the meat every 30 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes to keep the bottom from burning.

cooking pork and aromatics for sliders recipe

7. Transfer pork to a plate and shred. Strain the sauce and discard strained aromatics bay leaves, peppercorns, etc. Pour the sauce back into the braiser along with the shredded meat. Reheat, cover, and keep warm.

8. Place oven rack on the middle level and preheat on BROIL mode.

9. Slice dinner rolls lengthwise and place on the baking sheet, cut side facing up. Transfer to the oven for 2-4 minutes or until toasted. Keep a close eye on the rolls.

Assemble Sliders

Slather desired amount of mayo on both sides of the rolls. Use tongs to transfer shredded adobo (drain juices back into the braiser) to the bottom side of rolls, top with atchara (drain well) then top with top side of rolls.

Eat as-is or pour reserved adobo sauce in a bowl for dipping. Enjoy!

pork cooking with aromatics in a skillet

Make Ahead

For quick and easy sliders, prepare your ingredients up to 24 hours in advance.

I highly recommend cooking the adobo a day ahead because this allows the flavors to marry and makes for easy assembly day-of. Just follow through step 7 and keep refrigerated once adobo fully cools to room temperature.

pork simmering in a pot for sliders recipe

You can also make the atchara up to 5 days ahead.

Tips and Tricks for the Best Sliders Recipe

  • Cook the adobo low and slow. This allows the flavors of the sauce to infuse the meat, while also giving ample time for it to tenderize.
  • Don’t forget to toast the rolls in the oven. The added crunch ensures the sandwiches don’t get soggy. But watch them carefully because it’s easy to burn them while broiling.
  • Be mindful of layering. Start with the mayo, then adobo, with atchara as the topping. This way each bite is balanced in flavor and texture.
  • To store leftovers, store each component in separate airtight containers in the fridge (adobo pork and atchara). Both last up to 5 days. It’s best to toast new bread for leftovers. Microwave or reheat the pork over medium heat then assemble your sliders.
open faced adobo sliders

Variations

  • Cheese – This dish already has so much flavor but if you’re missing that cheesy element, add a mild-flavored cheese like Monterey Jack or mild cheddar.
  • Meat For a more traditional slider recipe, you can swap the protein for seasoned ground beef for cheeseburger sliders. Ham and cheese is another popular variation.
  • Bread Balance the savory flavor by using sweet Hawaiian rolls instead. Buttery homemade dinner rolls are another good option.

What to Serve with Sliders

  • Fries Sliders taste great with traditional French fries or sweet potato fries.
  • Baked Beans Serve them up BBQ style with Easy Southern Baked Beans.
  • Salad Lighten up the meal with a simple mixed green salad or this Grilled Corn Salad.
  • Coleslaw Looking for a refreshing side dish? A crunchy, tangy coleslaw is a tasty contrast to these savory sliders.
close up view of pork for adobo sliders

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called a slider?

Sliders originated as an easy meal for U.S. Navy sailors to make in the 1940s. Traditionally, this dish is made with miniature hamburgers. It was said that the mini sandwiches would “slide” right down because they were small and greasy.

What do you serve with sliders?

Serve this recipe with fries, or opt for BBQ-style with baked beans. For a lighter option, pair your sliders with a simple mixed green salad or tangy coleslaw for a refreshing contrast to the savory flavors.

What is the difference between a slider and a burger?

The biggest difference between the two is the size. Sliders are significantly smaller than burgers. And while sliders can be made with ground beef, you can make them with various proteins including chicken, pork, shrimp, or fish.

tender meat for sliders recipe

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adobo sliders

Adobo Sliders

This adobo sliders recipe features tender pork, tangy pickled papayas, and rich kewpie mayo between oven toasted bread. These mouthwatering pork sliders are great for meal prep and perfect for parties.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 sliders
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Filipino

Equipment

  • 3½ quart braiser or large dutch oven
  • Tongs
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • ½-baking sheet,

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 3½-inch squares
  • ¾ – 1 teaspoon kosher salt, Diamond Crsytal
  • teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • cup garlic, minced, not bottled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
  • ¾ cup cane vinegar, Datu Puti brand
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup soy sauce, Lauriat brand
  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorn
  • teaspoons light brown sugar, packed

Sliders

  • 12 pack dinner rolls, I use Dave's Killer Bread
  • atchara
  • Kewpie mayo, for dinner rolls

Instructions

  • Remove pork from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.
  • Add oil to a hot skillet over medium-high flame. Add pork and cook until browned on all sides, 15-20 minutes. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your braiser or pot.
  • Transfer pork to a bowl. Cover and set aside.
  • Lower heat to medium. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic. Cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Return pork and its juices back to the braiser. Add soy sauce, pepper, peppercorns, sugar, and bay leaves and stir until well-mixed. Add vinegar (DO NOT MIX) and cover the braiser with a lid. Wait until contents reach a boil before stirring.
  • Once the liquid reaches a boil, gently stir and add water. Cover with lid again and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 2 hours to 2½ hours (or until meat is fork-tender), flipping the meat every 30 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes to keep the bottom from burning.
  • Transfer pork to a plate and shred. Strain the sauce and discard strained aromatics bay leaves, peppercorns, etc. Pour the sauce back into the braiser along with the shredded meat. Reheat, cover, and keep warm.
  • Place oven rack on the middle level and preheat on BROIL mode.
  • Slice dinner rolls lengthwise and place on the baking sheet, cut side facing up. Transfer to the oven for 2-4 minutes or until toasted. Keep a close eye on the rolls.

Assembly

  • Slather desired amount of mayo on both sides of the rolls. Use tongs to transfer shredded adobo (drain juices back into the braiser) to the bottom side of rolls, top with atchara (drain well) then top with top side of rolls. Eat as-is or pour reserved adobo sauce in a bowl for dipping. Enjoy!
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