Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe

Hello friends!  I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve chatted with y’all (don’t mind me, it’s just the pulled pork affecting my accent).  My family is in the the middle of some seriously extensive home renovations right now.  You’d be right to guess that the renos we’re doing include a complete gut of our kitchen.  Yikes!  I know, crazy, right?  So far, it hasn’t been going so badly, actually.  We moved a few crucial electrical appliances to our family room and that’s how we’ve been preparing our meals.  We’ve also been borrowing kitchens on the weekend to do some batch cooking.  The ‘Zen Mom’ in me is using this as an opportunity to remember that sometimes the simplest of dinners are the most enjoyable.Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe

One example of a truly enjoyable and simple dinner at our house is the pulled pork sandwich.  For us, making pulled pork is not a long laborious process of marinating, basting or brining or any such delicate treatments.  We don’t make our own sauce.  We keep it super, super simple.  We start with a decent (usually on sale) shoulder blade roast of pork, an onion, and some of our favorite store-bought barbecue sauce.

When the pulled pork is all ready to go, we pile it high on a nice fluffy white bun or sesame seed roll roll, top it with a bit more sauce, and serve it with something equally simple.  In the photo above, the side was some leftover pasta salad that my dear Mum had sent over.  Usually it’s some bagged slaw with a very quick homemade dressing or maybe cucumber and carrot sticks.  If we’re having a low key dinner like pork ‘sammies’ (as they’re more likely to be called at our house), we don’t get so fussy with the sides, you know?

Pulled Pork Sandwich RecipeNow, while I like to keep this recipe easy since it’s one of my go-to “instant” dinner items, there are others who take their pulled pork more seriously.  If you’re looking for a heavy duty recipe, you can check out this one by Rachel, which is awesome but not really what I had in mind for a really quick and easy family dinner.

I also know that barbecue sauce, to some, can be a carefully guarded family secret and the thought of using store-bought practically a sacrilege.  That said – do any of you have a favorite store-bought barbecue sauce?  I usually use Diana’s Original Sauce but have splurged on occasion and picked up a bottle of the finer stuff.  I think I’ve tried Stubbs brand and also Bone Daddy’s, which I really liked but the kiddos found too spicy.  So, choose your absolute favorite sauce for this recipe.  The sauce totally makes the dish — and then tell us in the comments the brand of your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce so that we might all share in the glory that is a truly wonderful pulled pork sammy!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
by Rebecca

(serves 6)

1 3 lb shoulder blade pork roast (sometimes called the butt roast)
1 onion
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
salt and pepper

If you can, try to let your roast come to room temperature before you prepare it.  Slice the onion into somewhat thin slices (you don’t need to get fancy, remember).  Put it in the slow cooker.  Liberally season the pork with salt and pepper and then put it in the slow cooker on top of the onions.  Squeeze about 1/3 of the bottle of sauce all over the pork and the onions. Add 1/4 cup of water .. or if you have chicken broth around, use that.  Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

Remove the roast from the cooker to a bowl along with any drippings and onions that you can get from the pot.  Using two forks and starting near the centre of the roast, start to pull or pry the meat away from itself and any bones.  Continue pulling the strands of the meat into long, thin pieces.  Pour another 2/3 or more of the bottle of barbecue sauce on the pulled pork, mixing and coating all of the pieces until they seem ‘saucy’.

Warm or toast your bun, if you like.  Cut it open and top with a generous pile of pulled pork.  Squeeze the remainder of the barbecue sauce on your sandwiches.  Return the tops of the buns to their rightful bottoms and serve your sammy with a side of slaw or salad of your choice.

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30 thoughts on “Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe”

  1. Thanks. I am going to use this one. My whole family loves pulled pork but we have never made it.
    Looks yummy. Good luck with renos.


  2. Pulled Pork sandwiches was one of the foods we had at our son and daughter in laws Stag and Doe, it was a real hit.

  3. thanks for the recipe, I am always looking for a good simple pulled pork recipe, I will be trying this soon!

  4. i LOVE Pulled Pork. I make it once in a while and I am looking for a new recipe that would be my favorite. I will try this one out! Thanks!

  5. paula proffitt

    Hve been looking for a new recipe for my pulled pork, can’t wait to try this for my family! Ty sharing 🙂

  6. Erika Birrell

    Yummy! This gave me a great idea for a dinner this week. Its been so hot outside I should cook a roast in my slow cooker, and what better recipe to make than pulled pork, one of my faves!!

  7. Looks delicious! I used to think pulled pork was disgustin because it looks gross. Than I tried it, and I love it! Just goes to show never judge a book by its cover!

  8. I keep meaning to make pulled pork again (made it once ages ago) but never get around to it. Just saw this recipe and I think it is time to put it on the menu plan again for a treat!

  9. I have heard a lot about pulled pork but have never tasted it or made it. Your post has influenced me to try it out for our family and I hope to make it in a few days. It sounds so tasty. I think I would serve it over rice. Thank you so much for your recipe and your post.

  10. Jodi Mitrovic

    I’m going to give this a try. I loved pulled pork but have never tried to make it before. Thanks for sharing!

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