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maple pork donut sliders

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When it comes to recipes, I tend to avoid anything that is over-the-top, just for the sake of being over the top. That being said, I realize that a recipe called ‘Maple Pork Donut Sliders’ seems over the top, but trust me when I say that it’s all very necessary. Very, very necessary…Last month at my book club, we ordered an appetizer to share called the ‘Maple Pork Donut’. I couldn’t even resist the title when I saw it on the menu and just had to see what it was all about. Well, let me tell you that it was all I had hoped it would be…and more.

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The Maple Pork Donut appetizer was a full size maple glazed yeast donut piled with hickory BBQ pulled pork and creamy coleslaw. It was un-believable…

I needed to make my own version at home. I decided to turn it into a mini slider that would be perfect for all of the football games that seem to be taking over our TV lately. If I’m going to watch football, having a sweet and savory little slider is going to make the entire experience more enjoyable.

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These sliders are savory, spicy and a little bit sweet from the maple syrup and donut. For my sliders at home, I used cake donuts, but yeast donuts would be incredible, too!

One of the best things about this recipe is that it used up the little bit of leftover BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw that we had gotten for dinner the night before. Feel free to use your favorite pulled pork recipe or just do as I did and take a little help from your favorite BBQ joint.

You won’t get any judgement from me.

Pinky promise.

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Happy Friday!!

Maple Pork Donut Sliders Recipe

Yield: 12 sliders

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


12 plain donut holes, cake or yeast
1 cup powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons maple syrup (or more to reach desired consistency), divided
1 1/2 cups of BBQ pulled pork (with BBQ sauce), warm (homemade or store-bought)
3/4 cup coleslaw (homemade or store-bought)


In a shallow bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Add more if needed to reach a thick, glaze consistency. Roll donuts in glaze and set on a wire rack to set.Once glaze is set, cut donuts in half.Brush each cut side of donut with the remaining maple syrup.

For each slider, place 2 tablespoons of BBQ pulled pork and 1 tablespoon of coleslaw on one donut half and top with remaining donut half. Secure slider with toothpick and serve!



This recipe came about as a way to reinvent leftover BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw. Feel free to use your favorite homemade BBQ pulled pork recipe or store-bought BBQ pulled pork. If your pork does not have sauce, toss it with 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce before assembling your sliders.
October 11th, 2013

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14 comments on “maple pork donut sliders”

  1. Emily, no one can argue that these are over-the-top but they are also a brilliant little appetizer. I don’t think anyone would get a complaint if serving these little goodies. And you are right about them being perfect for a football game snack – or how about a tailgating picnic? Thanks for passing on this gem!

    • Yes! These would be perfect for a tailgating picnic! I bet you could have a crockpot full of the pulled pork and have people assemble their own. Love that idea!

  2. I would probably kill for one of these right now, they look THAT amazing! You genius!

    • Aw, thanks so much, Rosie! These are definitely on my list of favorite recipes that I have posted. They were so simple (especially because I took some help from my fave BBQ place) but SO good!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. These look… positively… inCREDIBLE.

    How genius to use donut holes for slider buns?! My mind is aflutter with idea after idea right now. Perfect for burgers, of course, and fried chicken?! I’m in awe.

    Photography is gorgeous, of course! Where/when do you shoot? I’m trying to pinpoint the perfect window & schedule.. much trial and error.


    • Hi Cheryl! I am in love with the idea of little fried chicken donut sliders! That is an amazing idea 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words about the photos! I typically shoot in my family room (ha! glamorous, huh?). We have a big sliding door that lets in a ton of light. I try to shoot around noon-2:00. That seems to be the sweet spot for light in my house. If I shoot later, I usually have to move to another room. I know just what you mean about trying to figure out schedule/window/etc. And then as soon as you start to figure it out, the seasons change and it gets dark at 4:30, lol.
      Not sure if this was helpful, but I always love talking photos, so stop back anytime!!

  4. Get OUT!!! These sound absolutely amazing. All sweet and savory in one bite. I need these in my life. Wow!

    • Ha! That was my reaction when I saw this on the menu! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, therefore had to order it and see what it was all about. They’re my new favorite 🙂

  5. I will take 50 of them please.

  6. The only donut holes I can seem to find are so small, can you tell me where you purchased yours (brand) or did you make them? Thanks

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