Slow-Simmered Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A Carolina specialty, pulled pork gets its name because the finished meat is pulled apart into shreds for easy serving. Pulled pork sandwiches are sometimes topped with coleslaw, adding a cool, bright contrast to the rich meat.

Slow-Simmered Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 2.5 pound pork sirloin roast or boneless pork shoulder roast

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or chili powder

  • 1 recipe Homemade BBQ Sauce or 3-1/2 cups purchased barbecue sauce

  • 10 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 2 ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (1 large)

  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoon Pickapeppa sauce or Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce


  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Season meat with salt and pepper. In a small bowl stir together the water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin. Pour over meat in slow cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. Remove meat from cooker; discard cooking liquid. Use two forks to pull meat apart into coarse shreds, discarding fat; return meat to slow cooker. Stir in 2 cups of Homemade BBQ Sauce or purchased barbecue sauce. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting; cover and cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until heated through. Serve meat mixture in rolls. Pass remaining Homemade BBQ Sauce or purchased barbecue sauce.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan combine ketchup, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, Pickapeppa sauce, garlic, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use the sauce immediately or cool slightly and transfer to a storage container. Cover and chill for up to 3 days. Makes 3-1/2 cups.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your meal is finished cooking, spoon it out of your slow cooker. Once the food is out of your slow cooker liner, simply dispose of the liner. Note: Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

426 Calories
9g Fat
55g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1143mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Protein 31g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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