Sliced Pork Butt Sliders with Campfire Sauce

It occurred to me a while back that every time we do a pork butt, it's always pulled and while that's an amazing way to serve smoked pork butt, it's equally good sliced. In this recipe, we are going to smoke a pork butt until it's just starting to get tender and then we'll slice it up and make some of the best sliders you ever ate. While we're at it, I'll show you my campfire sauce recipe (don't tell anyone that it's just mayo and your favorite barbecue sauce).

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 250°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 175°F
  • Recommended Wood: Cherry + Apple
What You'll Need
  • 6-9 lb pork butt, boneless (also called Boston butt)
  • Yellow mustard
  • Jeff's original rub recipe (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)
  • Slider buns (I use Hawaiian sweet rolls)
  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • Jeff's campfire sauce (recipe below)
  • Slaw, colorful slaw is best but your favorite will work just fine
  • Electric slicer or very sharp knife
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Step 1: Prepare Pork Butt

I recommend purchasing a boneless pork butt however, if you get home with a bone-in pork butt like I did, you can remove the bone. I'm not the right person to teach “butchering” but as long as you have a sharp knife, you can follow the shape of the bone and keep working at it until it is separated from the meat. Watch your fingers!

I guess the other option is to cook it with the bone intact and then remove it once the meat is cooked however, since we are not cooking this pork butt as long as we normally would for pulled pork, I am not sure how easily it will come out after the meat is cooked + it will be very, very hot!

Here is my pork butt, bone removed

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Now since we are planning to slice this thing, I want it to have a nice round shape and this will require a little string around it to hold everything in place.

I cut five pieces about 2-feet long and one piece about 3-feet long.

The shorter pieces I wrapped around the pork butt one by one, cinching it tight and tying a simple square knot to secure it. I did these about every two inches or so along the length of the roast. To get them even just tie one on each end, one in the middle and then one on each side of the middle halfway between middle and the end strings.

I then tied the long string from end to end across all of the other strings.

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A little mustard all over to help the rub to stick is just what the doctor ordered

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And of course, a good thick coat of Jeff's original rub*. This is a big hunk of meat and it can handle a lot of flavor as long as there's not a lot of salt. Fortunately, my original rub recipe is very low in salt.

*Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub

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At this point I usually leave it sitting while I go get the smoker ready however, this one is going in the fridge overnight so we can cook it the next morning.

Here's a look at what happens in about 20 minutes.

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As you can see, the little bit of salt in my original rub* pulls moisture to the surface and that wets the rub and makes it look darker.

The next morning, the pork is ready for the smoker after it's long night in the ice box.

*Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub

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Step 2: Smoke Time

Set up the smoker for cooking at about 250°F using indirect heat and if you smoker has a water pan, fill it up. If you are using a gas, charcoal, or electric smoker, you need to have enough smoking wood to last about 4 hours. I used an equal mix of apple and cherry but you can use whatever smoking wood you have available.

Once the smoker is ready, place the pork butt on the smoker grate. I used a bradley rack sitting on a baking sheet lined with foil to control the mess a little better but you certainly can just place it right on the grate if you want to. If you have multiple racks, you can place a pan below the pork butt to catch the juices that drip down if you want to.

About 3 hours in, the pork butt is looking good.

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I'm expecting this roast to take 7-8 hours but ultimately, it's not done until it measures 175°F in the thickest part as measured by my handy dandy Smoke thermometer made by ThermoWorks. I like to use that for long cooks since I can place the receiver in my pocket and no matter where I am around the house, I know the temperature of the smoker and the meat. I didn't need to go anywhere while I was cooking this but if I had, I would have connected the Smoke Gateway which connects the Smoke to my home wifi signal and then I can get see the temperature of my pit and meat while I am at the store or out running errands. It auto connects after the initial setup so it's really easy to use.

To speed things up you can wrap with foil once it reaches about 160°F but I wanted really good bark and for that, it's best to leave it unwrapped the entire time.

Once the meat reaches 175°F, remove it from the smoker and set the pan on the counter for about an hour to rest and cool down.

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Step 3: Cool and Slice

Based on experience, if I try to slice that roast right now, even if it's cooled down significantly, it will fall apart and the slices will not look good. I recommend placing the roast in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours and overnight is best. I opted for overnight.

The next morning with my Chef's Choice 609 slicer all set up and ready to go, I removed the smoked pork roast from the fridge and cut off about a 4 inch piece for slicing. The smaller chunk will be easier to work with on the slicer.

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This is the slicer that I use. It is a Chef's Choice 609 that I picked up for less than $100 and it does a great job considering I only use a slicer about twice a year.

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Slicing up some pork roast at about 1/8 thick.

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If you do not have a slicer, that's ok. Just get a sharp knife and you can slice the pork roast up that way and it will work just fine.

Step 4: Prepare the Slider Components

To make the sliders, I'm gonna need to get a few things ready like toasting the buns, warming the meat and making the campfire sauce.

I recommend placing the meat you plan to use in a foil pan with foil over the top and putting it in a 250-275 °F oven for about 15 minutes. This gives you time to make the campfire sauce and get the buns ready to toast.

Make the Campfire Sauce

I hope you were not planning on that being too difficult or a lot of ingredients. It's super easy and super good.. just the way I like it. Mix the two ingredients together until the color is consistent and set aside.

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Toast the Buns

With the soft butter in hand, spread a thin layer onto the top and bottom of each bun and place on a baking sheet.

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Turn the oven on broil and insert the buns to toast.

Watch them carefully so they reach a perfect golden brown and don't burn.

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Meat is warm, let's make some sliders!

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Step 5: Assemble the Sliders

Place the toasted bun bottoms on a plate and start by adding campfire sauce on the bottom..

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Add meat.

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Add some slaw.

Here's the slaw recipe I used or you can just use your own favorite slaw recipe and the more colorful, the better. You can also use spinach greens or lettuce and a slice of tomato.

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More campfire sauce–

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Top it with a toasted top bun and it's ready to serve immediately!

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Notes/Comments
  • This would also make a great sandwich using normal sized buns if you are so inclined.
  • Add some hot sauce to the campfire sauce to light it up.
  • Brush melted butter on the very top of the buns after assembling to make them look and taste even better.
  • Is there something that you do different or would add to these to make them better? Let everyone know in the comments below.
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Sliced Pork Butt Sliders with Campfire Sauce

In this recipe, we are going to smoke a pork butt until it's just starting to get tender and then we'll slice it up and make some of the best sliders you ever ate. While we're at it, I'll show you my campfire sauce recipe that will take these to the moon.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6-9 lb pork butt ((, boneless (also called Boston butt)))
  • Yellow mustard
  • Jeff's original rub recipe (((purchase recipes here)))
  • Slider buns (((I use Hawaiian sweet rolls)))
  • ½ stick butter ((, softened))
  • Jeff's campfire sauce (((recipe below)))
  • Slaw ((, colorful slaw is best but your favorite will work just fine))

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare Pork Butt

  • I recommend a boneless pork butt. If you purchase a bone-in, you will need to remove the bone with a sharp knife prior to cooking.
  • To create a nice round shape for slicing, tie the pork butt up along the length and from end to end.
  • Add a thin coat of mustard all over and then apply a heavy coat of Jeff's original rub. The pork butt is ready to smoke or it can be placed in the fridge overnight.

Step 2: Smoke Time

  • Set up the smoker for cooking at about 250°F using indirect heat and if you smoker has a water pan, fill it up. If you are using a gas, charcoal, or electric smoker, you need to have enough smoking wood to last about 4 hours. I used an equal mix of apple and cherry but you can use whatever smoking wood you have available. Once the smoker is ready, place the pork butt on the smoker grate.
  • Once the meat reaches 175°F (about 8 hours), remove it from the smoker and set the pan on the counter for about an hour to rest and cool down.

Step 3: Cool and Slice

  • Let the roast cool for about an hour then place it in the fridge for about 5-6 hours or overnight to firm up for slicing.
  • Slice the smoked pork butt with an electric slicer or a very sharp knife into pieces that are about 1/8 inch thick.

Step 4: Prepare the Slider Components

  • Make the campfire sauce using 1 cup of Jeff's barbecue sauce and 1 cup of mayonnaise. Mix thoroughly.
  • Spread a thin layer of softened butter onto the tops and bottoms of each slider bun and toast under the broiler until golden brown. Watch carefully and do not burn.
  • Warm the sliced meat in a 275°F oven covered with foil for about 15 minutes.

Step 5: Assemble the Sliders

  • Place a dollop of campfire sauce on the bottom, stack 3-4 layers of meat on top of that, a spoonful of slaw, more campfire sauce on top with a toasted bun.
  • Serve immediately!

9 Comments

  1. Randall Scott Morrow March 16, 2021 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Quick question- When you remove the butt from the fridge, do you place it on the smoker cold, or let it get to room temperature?

    • Jeff Phillips March 16, 2021 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Randall, I usually take it out of the fridge and then go get the smoker set up. It sits on the counter maybe 20-30 minutes depending on what smoker I am using and how long it takes. It's perfectly ok to put it directly from the fridge into the smoker as well.

  2. Oren January 2, 2020 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Jeff:
    Bought the recipes for sauce & rubs did a tomahawk for Christmas and a Prime Rib for New Years used your Texas Rub for both I've tried a lot of rubs over the years absolutely love the Texas rub. Haven't made the sauce or the Original rub yet but I will get there.

  3. Daniel July 29, 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Before I tie up my butt, I sprinkle your seasoning blend all over the meat for added flavor. Any opportunity to get more spices the better being your spice blend is that good.

  4. WILLIAM A LATHAM July 25, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I don't have a direct heat smoker just a ugly drum smoker will it work for the butt?

    • Jeff Phillips July 25, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Drums tend to work well even though the heat is not indirect. The butt will likely finish faster due to the direct heat. Once it gets to the right color (usually around 150-160°F), it is ok to wrap it in foil until finished.

  5. Gary Fryer September 30, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Jeff, I am a fan from Arkansas. I enjoy your many ideas. As I opened this I was just thinking “does he ever chop or slice the pork? In Arkansas, at tradional BBQ stands, you get chopped or can ask for sliced and you (used to ) have to tell them to hold the slaw. ( I was in an old fashioned BBQ south of OK city, that actually had pork, and asked for slaw on it and created a bunch of conversation, as no one there had ever heard of it. Those of us chopped fans feel that it mixes the flavors more and many , like me, like the eating texture (bite) better than Pulled. My experience, as an old traveling salesmen who ate all over the south, is that the pulled tradition comes from the Carolinas, and has spread by the chains, which I avoid, as I feel they shortcut the old slow ways. I like your recipes but make a much simpler sauce that is a style popular in most of Central Arkansas, but as new places come in, they are pulling and saucing differently. The sauce I make is great for adding sweet to make it a KC style or heat up a bit with red pepper sauce.

    This is not a criticism of your stuff, i have recommended your site to several who follow it, and I have enjoyed some different recipes from you. I have also adjusted some procedures due to your advice.

    Keep up your great work, I look forward to your posts!

  6. Bo Nedrow July 26, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Hi Jeff I’m a big fan. I bought your book years ago and also purchased your rub and sauce recipes. I seem to have misplaced your Texas style recipe. Can you please send that to me again? I sure miss having it for my briskets.

    • Jeff Phillips July 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Sent;-)

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