Kalua Pork Sliders with Guava Rum BBQ Sauce are a boozy treat everyone at your party will love. Great with a cold beer!
Kalua pork is a staple in our house. 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 with banana leaves.
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.
We use the pork to make these sliders often as well. 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 theme along with some Mai Tais for the grown-ups. The Hawaiian rolls are a must and so are the thin pickle strips.
You can find the banana leaves in any Asian or Mexican grocery store. Same with the guava paste for the BBQ sauce.
I had a burger last year in Maui that had a guava BBQ sauce that was so delicious, I knew I needed to try to recreate at home.
The sauce I came up with is really close to the sauce I had on that delicious Maui burger.
The secret to this sauce (besides the spiced rum) is letting it reduce, and then chilling at least 4 hours, up to overnight. The longer the better for the flavors to meld and for the sauce to thicken up.
I based this Guava BBQ Sauce off my Piña Colada BBQ Sauce, and as you can see I have an affinity for tropical (and boozy) BBQ sauces.
Enjoy these delicious sliders and barbecue sauce with a cold beer or a Mai Tai!
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