Sweet Pulled Pork Waffle Sliders

You may have just asked yourself, ‘Juli, what makes this pulled pork sweet?’ Or maybe not. And that’s fine as well. Either way, I will tell you. This pork is not actually the sweet part. No sir. This mayo that is layered on the sliders is slightly sweet. SAY WHAAAA? I know I might sound crazy, but I added a little bit of maple syrup to my mayo. I’m naughty. But I saw it on some kind of sandwich on the show ‘Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives’ and I had to do it. Just had to.

You know how I told you that one time that there were a million flies in my house? And a bunch of you guys told me that I should check for a dead animal in my chimney. Or behind the stove. Or in a cabinet. Well, after the last fly incident, they all went away. And after yesterday, they all came back. Common denominator? (holy balls, I haven’t said that since high school math) A dead animal in my crockpot. Pig. I cooked a roast and the flies went insane. I don’t have a chimney nor do I have dead animals in my cabinets, but I do cook them in my crockpot. And I live in a house that is about a million years old (not really) and has absolutely no insulation(yes really). And barely any screens lining our windows and doors. Not to mention, it’s about 86 degrees in our house, every.single.day. So the flies think my house is a slaughter yard. This pork thing in the crockpot does not seem to work for my fly infested household. I sound so gross. I’m sorry.

So I’ve become obsessed with Pinterest again. I used to be completely obsessed, spending hours upon hours on it at night. Sometimes, Laura and I wouldn’t even speak to each other because our eyes were glued to do it yourself crafts and double chocolate layered sex cakes that filled the computer screen. Our conversations seemed to only include “LOOK” or “Oh.My.God.” But our addiction faded. And we found out that conversation was more important than 100 ways to use popsicle sticks.

Back to the point. I’m obsessed again. If you follow me on twitter, you would have seen my Pinterest rampage the other night. Don’t forget to turn off that twitter button, that can get embarrassing. But I’m super into home decor at this point in my life. I’m beginning to want a place of my own. I want to live on my own and create my own little happy home. It makes total sense that I’m planning my home decor when I don’t have a new house and my lease isn’t up until May. I’m like one of those girls who has a wedding Pinterest board without even having a boyfriend. One of thoooose.

Can we just touch on the fact that Miley Cyrus has gone off the deep end? I saw her performance at the VMA’s and it was quite a sight. I’ve had some trashy times in my life, believe me, but never have I groped a married man or worn skin colored spandex. Skin colored spandex is never ok. Did you see Will Smith and his family. Google it. Hilarious. Ok. I’m done trash talking about someone who has made more money than I will ever make before she can legally drink.


Sweet Pulled Pork Waffle Sliders

  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For the pulled pork

  • 2 pounds pork butt
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the mayo

  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (use 1 more teaspoon if you would like it sweeter)

For the waffles

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

For the toppings

  • 56 pieces of bacon, cooked
  • slice pickles


  1. Place pork butt (or other roast) in a crockpot. Add sliced onions around it and top with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until it falls apart.
  2. Once pork is done cooking, shred in the crockpot.
  3. Now make the mayo so it can cool in the fridge. Place all mayo ingredients, except for the maple syrup, into a tall container. Place your immersion blender to the bottom of the container, turn on and wait until the mixture thickens. You may need to raise the immersion blender a bit to help mix all of the oil. Once it is thick, pour in the maple syrup and mix with a spoon. Place in fridge to cool.
  4. To make the waffle buns, mix together almond flour, baking soda, garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Then add eggs, coconut milk, bacon fat, chopped bacon, and chives and mix well to combine.
  6. Heat up a waffle iron and pour mixture into the center of each waffle area. You want the buns to be small so only about 2 tablespoons of the mixture will do to create a small waffle bun. Cook until slightly crispy.
  7. Once waffles are done, begin the layering: waffle bun, sweet mayo, pork, pickles, bacon, mayo, bun. Feel free to add other toppings as well!!


Yields 6 sliders

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131 thoughts on “Sweet Pulled Pork Waffle Sliders”

  1. Oh Juli. You continue to be my hero in the food department. You are the first blog I wake up to in the morning, and the last one I check at night. I won’t be coming over to your house any time soon since I recently learned that seconds after a fly lands, it throws up on whatever it lands on. So I’m terrified of flies. Not terrified like I am at roaches, but yuck. Anyway, I have to find a waffle iron. I have like $7 to my name til payday. So thanks. Maybe I can trade a skin colored latex bra and panties set for a waffle iron. Or something.

    1. Try a thrift store! I hardly buy anything new anymore. The time spent washing and sanitizing is well worth the money you save buying new. Just a thought. 🙂

  2. OMG this couldn’t have come at a better time. I have pork in the crockpot as I type this… perfect for leftovers! You are genius!!

  3. I’m so hungry for this right now. I also don’t have a waffle iron but I do have a crock pot and luckily it won’t draw flies (yes, I was grossed out for a minute because I thought you were going to say you found an old pork roast in your crock pot!).

    Thanks for your awesome, mouth watering recipes and funny antidotes!!

  4. I think it’s a little hypocritical to criticize Miley Cyrus for “groping a married man” but not to criticize the married man for grinding on a woman young enough to be his daughter.

  5. Good LORD those look delicious….I made your squash meatball casserole last night…looks like I’m making this tonight!

  6. I saw this recipe today and i was so pumped to make this! i already had my meat in the crock pot (no flies tho) and I thought this would be perfect! I was even able to successfully make the mayo for the first time! (thanks for your immersion blender tip) But when it came to the waffles… not so much… So I don’t know if I did something wrong but the waffles came out more like biscuits… The texture was off. Maybe add some butter or something next time? Any thoughts?

    1. Krista, I am soooo sorry, but I completely forgot to write down an ingredient. Coconut milk in the biscuits. I apologize for that. Not sure how I spaced that when I wrote it down

    1. beef is a bit drier and less fatty than pork, so you could use it in this dish, but add about 1-2 cups of liquid to help keep the meat moist. ew, moist

  7. I’m soooooo LOVING this! You make Paleo SOOOO easy and awesome! I don’t even miss that other ..?? What was I eating before the last two months? Don’t even remember!!! There is SUCH a food SMORGASBORD happening on the Paleo side!!!

  8. Holy Moly! I wish I’d caught your first post with the flypocalypse. I had that SAME problem about a month ago. I lost count of the fly kill after 104 flies. SO GROSS. But like you, they disappeared the next day…which was opposite of what all my research said about green fly attacks (dead stuff). Then when I made another pork roast the next weekend and killed another 60+ flies, I realized, it was dead PIG. Tried a beef roast last weekend and it wasn’t as bad…but really makes me want to give up on my slow cooker. 🙁

  9. These look AWESOME! Quick question: what size crockpot do you use? Mine’s 5.5 qt and I’m wondering if it’s too big for a roast…or maybe I’d have to add a ton of extra liquid or something?

  10. Just made this and it is so good!! Made a few changes, more spices and a little olive oil to the waffles, and made them pancakes since my waffle maker decided to turn it into breadcrumbs, and being in South Florida and have a deep love of all Cuban food decided to add a little lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice per true Cuban pulled pork 😉 but Thank you!! Absolutely wonderful recipe and I don’t feel over loaded!

  11. This sounds SO unbelievably yummy!! When I first started the paleo diet, I was worried I’d run out of interesting recipes rather quickly, but you’re starting to give me hope!!

  12. Looks amazing! I look forward to trying this – I’m a Paleo Newbie, and your recipes are so amazing!

    Is that beer in the background?? Haha.

  13. I could not find pork butt tonight! Ugh!! Settled for pork for carnitas, I’m worried it won’t be as good. Fingers crossed!!!

  14. Ermahgerd! Made this tonight, it was totally rad! Even the kids ate it! Going to try it with chicken next time. I love all your recipes- I’m a huge stalker, uh I mean fan!

  15. I LOVE your blog! I am constantly making your recipes, almost on the daily. It’s been an amazing journey, making the paleo transition!

    I have a question though, how do I make home made mayo without an immersion blender? I tried using my ninja food processor and it came out tasting AWFUL! Do you have any suggestions?

  16. I made these last night and they were great! Even my “Paleo-Resistant” children liked them.
    I tried to modify the recipe by using 1C Almond Flour and 1C Coconut Flour.. BAD IDEA.. The coconut flour absorbs all the liquid, and you get something similar to biscuit dough. Luckily, I had enough ingredients to start over and followed the recipe above. I added 2tsp of Rosemary to the batter and it came out great.

  17. Me and my hubby made these a few nights ago…OMG is right!! To-Die-For GOOD!! Thank you! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    1. hey alison! honestly, i have no idea haha. my friend told me what to buy, i’ll have to ask him and check back with you haha. i have no idea what i’m doing with cameras

  18. This. Looks. Amazing! My Cheftap app is full of your recipes. Freakin’ heart you (I guess I just gave away what state I live in, haha)! Crock pot recipes are my fave, because after a long day at work the LAST thing I want to do is spend an hour or two cooking.

    I had a question, though: how do the waffle buns hold up to the sandwiches? I worry that the liquid from the pork would turn them mushy. Have you had that problem or do they work out pretty well? The pics look incredible.

    1. Jaime,

      I just made these tonight and the buns/waffles did not get mushy. This was a great meal!

      To save some time cooking this for when you come home. Make the mayo when you are able to early so that it will be ready to go. So then all you have to do when you come home is to pull the pork apart and make the waffles.

  19. Juli!
    This is cooking as we speak, I love the idea of incorporating waffles into more meals, in fact, fatty me used your maple Aioli (I know you said mayo but I like to church it up) to top off the chicken and waffles I made for breakfast!! Perfect!

    1. Carrie – My BF is allergic to all nuts except cashews so I totally share your pain. I’ve found that ground up sunflower seeds (raw) substitutes almost perfectly for almond meal or almond flour. Just grind them up in your blender and sift them through a wire mesh strainer. They get a tad clumpy, so a wire whisk works well to break them up.

      A word of caution: my buns turned green. I’m not talking green tint, I’m talking full-blown emerald green by the time they were completely cool. All I can think of is that it was the sunflower seeds. I’m totally going to try Juli’s suggestion for substituting cashews. I wonder if that would work in all recipes calling for almond meal? Hmm… wheels are turning. 😉

      1. That’s funny! Against All Grain has a recipe posted of cookies that turn green because of the sunbutter. They are St. Patricks day themed. I’ve never heard of such a thing until yesterday!

      2. There is a chemical reaction between the sunflower seeds and the baking soda that results in the bright green color. You have to cut back on the baking soda to avoid the green color, or just enjoy it!

  20. Could you substitute the avocado oil for a light tasting olive oil? I’m having a hard time finding avocado oil and I was really looking forward to making this tomorrow.

  21. I’m going to add my rave reviews! But I didn’t want sweet mayo so I made ours with garlic and hot peppers. Yum! Got the approval of three teenagers and husband.

  22. First I love your website – new to Paleo …2 weeks (but have already lost 7lb – which is awesome since I have plateaued for the last few months!) Second – it cracks me up on Pintrest when I click on a link and I get a warning that there may be ‘inappropriate content’ on your pins 🙂 Third – I have an allergy to lemon / citrus (sucks) is there something else I can use instead of the lemon juice? or just leave out?

  23. I made these tonight for my family, they devoured them! My 15 year old son said they were the best meal ever and then ate 6 sliders, good thing I doubled everything! Wicked Recipe!

  24. OMG. These were amazing. I almost didn’t want to share them with people. Because I wanted to eat them alllllllllllll.

  25. I made these sliders for a Slider Cook Off. I used my pulled pork recipe, added a couple of ingredients and used your waffle batter recipe. It won first place!!! No one knew it was paleo/gluten free. I am gluten free. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  26. I made these sliders for a Slider Cook Off. I used my pulled pork recipe, added a couple of ingredients and used your waffle batter recipe. It won first place!!! No one knew it was paleo/gluten free. I am gluten free. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  27. This is SO GOOD. It’s like a Chick-fil-A sandwich but REAL food! Instead of the mayo, I mixed full-fat plain yogurt & Dijon mustard with a bit of maple syrup. I ate sliders til I was stuffed. It made lots of waffles, so I’ve been eating leftovers with pretty much every meal. Also, my crockpot continues to amaze me. Pork & onions cook while I’m at work all day. 11 hours later, it has its own juice & its fall-apart tender. Go make this NOW!

  28. This recipe looks amazing. I am going to the store now, in the twenty degree weather, so I can make this pulled pork deliciousness! Juli, thank you for making my paleo journey fun. My sister started this paleo journey first and I was so skeptical until I found you! Now we try to one up each other with great recipes. I am winning by the way. It’s been two weeks and I am down ten pounds and I have so much more energy. You are the best!

  29. Could I cook the pork on high if I’m running short on time? If so, how long would you recommend I cook it for? Thank you!

  30. Hi Juli, So many Paleo recipes call or eggs which I am allergic too. I know how to substitute formost things in regular cooking but not for baking. I know ground flax and water can create a thickener but are there any other substitutions. Right now I am specifically thinking of the waffle recipe here.

    P.S. I love this site and find it inspires new ideas for my Paleo diet, which I love, it just gets expensive when cooking for FOUR!!! Thanks so much for this fabulous site!

  31. I just started eating Paleo yesterday. This was my first recipe. Not only was it delish but I was stuffed and my rice loving husband enjoyed it as well and didn’t once complain that there was no rice to go with his pulled pork.

  32. I made the waffles two days ago and threw the leftovers in the freezer…. tonight I popped them under the broiler to defrost and toast and they were just as amazing as night number one!! Maybe better!!

    Next I’m going to try making and freezing a breakfast version. So great when I have no time. Thank you for your amazing culinary creativity in the Paleo world, always helpful and delicious and inspiring!

  33. Totally awesome recipe! Made this last night and soooooo good. The only change I made was I used blackstrap molasses instead of maple syrup, since it’s high in iron – ahhh mahhh zing!

  34. Just finished making/eating these bad boys. Spent the entire day yesterday slow cooking the pork, but today I got to experience the tastetacular explosion that is pulled pork waffle sliders (although I did make more of pancakes on a skillet since I don’t have a waffle iron.) But either way, freakin incredible! Highly recommend this recipe if you have the patience to slow cook that pork butt the right way.

  35. The smell coming from my kitchen is making my mouth water! I’m also wanting to eat everything in the house, but I’m holding off for these sliders tonight! Sooo excited to have them! Had to wait since I didn’t own a waffle maker..but Cupid brought me one. 🙂

  36. Random couple of questions… I don’t have avocado oil on hand.. how about coconut oil? annnddd don’t use maple syrup.. anything else to give it a sweet flavor? we only use stevia in our recipes?

    1. For everyone who can’t find avocado oil, I highly recommend almond or walnut oil. I tried to use light olive oil and threw that batch away because it was disgusting.

  37. I made this tonight, but used the Maple Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Carnitas recipe instead for the pork. my son & hubby went crazy over it! My 9 year old son said he wants to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thanks for keeping the recipes fun & YUMMY!

  38. Juli, this recipe is awesome! I substituted honey for the maple syrup and it was great. Question: can you recommend a good substitute for the egg in the mayo? I want to recommend this recipe to a friend who is allergic to eggs, but I don’t know how to tweak the mayo for her. And the mayo is seriously the BEST part!! 🙂

    1. Ignore my question, Juli. I re-read through the other comments and then googled for an egg substitute in mayo. Found a lady who uses 1T ground flaxseed mixed with 3T hot water. I’ll see how that does. 😉

  39. Another amazing recipe!!! I lightened up the waffles by using only one and a quarter cup of almond flour and modified the other 3/4 cup using half cup of arrowroot powder, and 1/4 cup coconut flour. They came out perfect. they were crispy, but didn’t taste like a mouth full of nuts. the flavors of bacon and green onions with the garlic powder really made them taste great with the pork. I put BBQ pulled pork on mine and pickles. I made the sauce as well but with already prepared mayo. very yummy accompaniment. Also, I finally broke down and bought your book. I can’t with till it gets here. I love sooo many of your recipes. you truly are a kitchen and paleo guru! Thanks again!

  40. Oh my gosh. I made these for dinner tonight. I was vocally enjoying them so much as I ate that after my second bite my husband asked if I was having an (warning: TMI) orgasm over there. Ha! They really are THAT good.

  41. I just made these for dinner for the family, and they were sooooo good! I couldn’t find avocado oil so I just used coconut oil…turned out great!

  42. Made these for the Superbowl and they were a definite hit! Very rich and filling. I did not have a waffle iron so made as small pancakes. Also added pickled red onions with jalapeños. Thanks for such a yummy and Superbowl worthy recipe!!

  43. I can’t even explain how amazing these are. I made them for my boyfriend’s last night at home before he jaunts off for a week to Machu Picchu – he isn’t home from work yet and I am already eating – oops!

    We didn’t feel like buying bacon so that’s been omitted but batter is still a great consistency. We don’t have a waffle iron either and so I am just dropping spoonfuls of batter onto a hot skillet.

    All the flavors here are AMAZING.

  44. These look AHmazing, but I’m always down for any waffle/protein combo! I definitely need to make these with some kind of maple syrupy bbq sauce for dipping! Thanks for sharing!

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