This Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe is exactly what you want: tender and juicy pork in a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce. Serve it on hamburger buns with your favorite cole slaw and a pickle for an unforgettable meal!

Pulled Pork Sandwich

This Pulled Pork Sandwich makes my family’s mouth water every time because they know the goodness that’s coming their way!

This recipe takes about 2 hours using a stovetop method. If you’re pressed for time, you can make Instant Pot Pulled Pork in about an hour and a half. Or if you have more time, try making Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.

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We serve pulled pork for everything from a simple weeknight dinner to parties and backyard barbecues. Just put out the pulled pork with the buns and slaw — people love assembling their own sandwich.

Buying Pork for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A pork shoulder roast has the best flavor, and is also called pork butt or Boston butt. Bone-in has slightly better flavor, but boneless will do just fine.

If you can’t find pork shoulder, then you can use pork loin, also called a center cut roast. Some people prefer it as a leaner cut, although it has slightly less flavor and doesn’t shred as easily.

A pork tenderloin should not be used since it is easily overcooked.

Pulled Pork

How to Make a Pulled Pork Sandwich

Step 1: Cook the Pork

Place the pork roast in a large pan with all the other ingredients and raise the heat to medium-high. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours until it pulls apart easily with a fork.

Step 2: Reduce the Sauce

Remove the pork to a plate to cool slightly, meanwhile raising the heat to medium to let the sauce bubble away uncovered until reduced by half. This will take about 15 minutes uncovered.

Step 3: Shred & Serve

While the sauce is bubbling away, shred the pork with two forks or meat shredding claws. Add the shredded pork back to the thickened sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Then serve warm on hamburger buns with cole slaw and a pickle on the side 🙂

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Make Ahead Tips

Pulled pork can be made ahead of time, which is especially convenient when you’re hosting a party.

You can store for up to 3 days in the fridge, and then reheat leftovers for 45 minutes on HIGH in the slow cooker.

Pulled pork also freezes well for up to a month in an airtight container. Simply reheat in the same pot for 30 minutes over medium-high heat.

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Pulled Pork Sandwich

This Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe is exactly what you want: tender and juicy pork in a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce. Serve it on hamburger buns with your favorite cole slaw and a pickle for a delicious meal!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 399 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

Pulled Pork

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder roast boneless
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar or apple juice
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce optional
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp paprika or smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serving

  • 10 hamburger buns
  • cole slaw
  • dill pickles optional

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the pork, broth, apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic and paprika. 

  2. Cover and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer.

  3. Cook for about 2 hours until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork. Turn the meat every half hour for even cooking if possible.

  4. Remove the pork to a plate and raise heat to medium. Let the sauce boil uncovered for 15 minutes until reduced by half.

  5. Once the pork has cooled slightly, shred into small pieces using two forks or meat shredding claws.

  6. Add the shredded pork to the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

  7. Serve warm with hamburger buns and cole slaw. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • You can also substitute pork tenderloin for pork shoulder, although it may be less flavorful.
  • If you are using a different size piece of pork, you can adjust the other ingredient amount proportionately.
  • A 6-quart slow cooker is ideal, but any 4-8 quart crock pot will work too.
  • If you wish to separate out some of the fat after cooking, you can skim with a spoon or pour the liquid into a fat separator. 
Nutrition Facts
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 755mg 31%
Potassium 648mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 4.4%
Calcium 13.4%
Iron 21.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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