Could These Be The Best Pulled Pork Sliders in Melbourne?

By Iro Kotsimbos
4th Feb 2015


What is it about pulled pork sliders that makes them so goddamn delicious?! Is it the melt-in-your-mouth, juicy pork? The tangy sauce? The touch of slaw? Or maybe all three?!

Whatever it is, these moreish bites are the stuff #foodporn dreams are made of and, judging by the reaction we get from Listers each time we publish something slider- related, you’re obviously keen to know where to find the best sliders in Melbourne!

And it’s come to our attention that you’re also mad for the whole American BBQ / Southern food trend (we don’t blame you!). But let’s be honest, there are only a handful of Melbourne restaurants that do it well.

White Oaks Saloon Bar & Dining in one such venue; in a matter of months it’s become a go-to restaurant for Southern soul-food in Melbourne – a truly authentic taste of the U- S-of-A.

Brothers (and the brains behind White Oaks), Tom and Nicholas Welch, came back from their US travels obsessed with the food and drinks they encountered in Tennessee and the Carolinas (North and South, m’aam). Their passion resulted in White Oaks being established on Greville Street, and man oh man, do they come through with the goods!

All the Southern classics are dished up at White Oaks: corn bread, Texas caviar salad, jambalaya, fried chicken, and more. There are also two gloriously stomach-pleasing desserts – salted caramel ice-cream and a totally moreish key lime pie with graham cracker crust. But I digress – it’s the pulled pork sliders that really make our hearts flutter and stomachs rumble.

Just picture this: a long platter arrives at your table with three sliders perched on top. The buns, perfectly dusted with flour, are filled with tender, Carolina style pulled pork (and yes, there is a difference in American BBQ styles!). The pork, slow-cooked to buttery perfection in a sweet yet tangy sauce, is complemented by traditional Southern slaw for the ultimate flavour balance.

I mean, c’mon! How can you resist?! (We sure as hell couldn’t; they were GONE in a matter of seconds!). Could they be some of the best sliders in Melbourne? All signs are pointing to a big, fat, juicy YES, Listers!

Want in on the pulled pork slider action? Then get your caboose down to White Oaks STAT. If you’re really, really obsessed with sliders, then Wednesday night is your night. That’s when White Oaks have their slider special – three pulled pork sliders and a Copal draft beer for a mere $20! (Note: They also do kickass taco, jambalaya, and fried chicken specials on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday respectively – check White Oaks’ profile for more details). Wash it down with a $12 Southern Manhattan cocktail (another Wednesday special) or any one of their quality cocktails, spirits or American craft beers and you’re set!

Fans of American BBQ and Southern food, what are you waiting for? If it’s a taste of the South and a swig of a damn fine cocktail you’re after, not to mention some of the best sliders in Melbourne, White Oaks Saloon is where you need to be at.

TUL Note: This article is proudly sponsored by White Oaks Saloon Bar & Dining and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image Credit: Michelle Jarni for The Urban List

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