Guy Fieri says Motley Que Pulled Pork Slider is the ultimate game day recipe, interview

(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images) /

As the regular season comes to a close and the playoffs take shape, football fans are starting to plan that big game menu. During a recent conversation with Guy Fieri, he shared why his Motley Pulled Pork Slider recipe, made with Kings Hawaiian, is the ultimate game day food.

Many people appreciate that the big game event takes planning. It is more than just bags of chips and dip. From pre-game to halftime to victorious celebration, each and every moment has everyone hungry for tasty treats.

From his numerous restaurants to his Food Network shows, Guy Fieri has become a culinary legend. While his sense of style is iconic, his culinary vision is approachable. In some ways, he hosts the table where everyone longs for a seat.

More importantly, the food that Fieri creates makes people hungry. His recipes deliver that big, bold taste in a way that appeals to everyone. When it comes to the big game, his recipes satisfy that insatiable appetite.

Why does Guy Fieri say his Motley Que Pulled Pork Slider is a big game winner?

During a recent chat with Fieri, he shared why this recipe is one of his favorite football watching  dishes to serve. Fieri admitted, that he spent “a few of those Super Bowls doing all the food and having a small TV in the kitchen.” While “watching the game and cooking” has its moments, he missed “not feeling part of the excitement.”

One of the reasons why he uses King Hawaiian in this game day recipes is the versatility. Fieri calls Kings Hawaiian “the best in the business.” Having used the rolls in his various restaurants, he appreciates the ease of use. In addition, the flavor melds well with a variety of recipes.

For Fieri, the key to game day food is that it is handheld. Specifically, Fieri thinks that the food should be “one or two bites.” With everyone “getting up and down” during the game, the ease of eating needs to be a consideration.

Even though the food is easy to eat, it isn’t just all one note. Fieri believes that any recipe should have various flavors and textures. That idea is epitomized in his Motley Que Pulled Pork Slider.

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Guy Fieri Motley Que Pulled Pork Slider, photo provided by Kings Hawaiian /

Ready to make the Guy Fieri Motley Que Pulled Pork Slider?

PREP: 20 minutes | COOK: 6 hours | SERVES: 4


  •  1 package KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Sweet Slider Buns
  •  1/2 c garlic butter, melted
  •  2T Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce
  •  1lb pulled pork (recipe below)
  •  5 slices cheddar cheese
  •  1 c pineapple, julienne
  •  1 c slaw mix
  •  2 ea kosher dill pickles, finely sliced
  •  1/2 c crispy onions
  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Pulled Pork:

  •  4 boneless pound pork butt
  •  2T freshly cracked black pepper
  •  1 1/2T paprika
  •  1T granulated garlic
  •  1T onion powder
  •  2T kosher salt
  •  2T chili powder
  •  2T ground cumin
  •  2T dark brown sugar
  •  2T hot dry mustard
  •  1tsp cayenne


Step 1:

  • Prepare the pork shoulder: Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. In a small bowl, combine black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, dry mustard and cayenne. Rub mixture all over the pork.

Step 2:

  • Cook pork in smoker for 6-8 hours until tender. Alternatively, you can cook in the oven if you do not have a smoker: Arrange the oven racks in the middle and lower parts of the oven and preheat to 225 degrees F. Put a tray on the lower rack and the pork directly on the middle rack, uncovered. Put the cast iron pan with the hickory chips on the floor of 2 of 2 the oven. Remove the chips after 2 hours of cook time. The entire cooking time will be 6-8 hours.

Step 3:

  • In the last hour of cook time, remove pork, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and then in aluminum foil and return to the oven for 1 more hour. Remove the pork from the oven to a work surface. Let rest until cool enough to pull the pork.

Step 4:

  • Prepare slaw by combining pineapple and slaw mix. Add mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

Step 5:

  • Separate the King’s Hawaiian Slider Buns and brush the insides with garlic butter. Top and bottom pieces. Toast the buns on a griddle until golden brown on both sides.

Step 6:

  • Evenly place a few slices of pickle on the bottom buns and place ¼ cup of pulled pork on each bottom bun. Drizzle each with BBQ sauce then top each with slice of cheese. Place under broiler for 40 seconds until melted.

Step 7:

  • Top with pineapple slaw, crispy onions and top half of bun.

Step 8:

  • Serve and enjoy!

Whether your favorite team makes the big game or you are just cheering for the commercials, everyone will give this Motley Que Pulled Pork Slider a big game a huge cheer.