The pulled pork slider is prominently bannered in the parking lot (!) of the Williamsburg White Castle. Note the Voice box in the left bottom corner, and please take a paper when you try the slider.
After enduring the advertisements for several months, and in view of my love of real barbecue, I decided I had to check out White Castle’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders…
A little history is in order. Founded in 1921 in Wichita, KS, White Castle was the first fast-food hamburger chain in the world. As such, they had to invent all their fast-food moves from scratch, which is why their small, steamed, square burger with holes in it (to facilitate steaming) is so damn weird. Weird or not, these gray-meat morsels with chopped onions came to be affectionately known as “sliders,” for their propensity to slide down your pie hole with alacrity.
Since then, the term sliders has been applied to all sorts of smallish burgers of whatever composition and cooking style, even if the burgers had no relation to real sliders. Given their erstwhile dominance of the slider genre, it’s strange that White Castle would dilute the term by calling their pulled pork sandwiches sliders, yet they do.
I ordered one and tore it apart. I’d suspected that the descriptor “BBQ” was just going to mean that they put barbecue sauce on the pork. And I was right, so much barbecue sauce that the thing seems predominantly so, and the meat decidedly takes a back seat to the bottled-tasting sauce.
Poop on a bun: the BBQ Pulled Pork Slider.
The quantity of meat is still rather large for such a small bun, and it sticks out like a tongue. You could sculpt it or comb it if you wished. The taste of the meat is sickeningly sweet, and one wishes that the meat had simply been put on the sandwich with no sauce. It certainly would have been greasy enough to do so. The bun is a bun is a bun, with no seeds, unless you glue them on yourself
Really, though, at $1.09, including tax, two or three of these would make a filling cheap meal, technically qualifying these “sliders” as one of our Incredibly Cheap Eats. And isn’t it interesting that White Castle has finally broken the fast food pork barrier.