Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Zesty Slaw


These slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches are perfect for lunches, dinners, tailgate parties or potlucks!

The pork shoulder is cooked in the crockpot with a sweet and savory homemade BBQ sauce to make the meat so tender, you can cut it with a spoon!

Baked Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich

Zesty pulled pork sandwich

  • Hot and ready – pulled pork sandwiches are so easy when they're made in the crock pot!
  • Cooking in the slow cooker makes it a set-and-forget meal.
  • Everyone loves pulled pork. There's nothing better for a summer barbecue, game day, or Sunday dinner.
  • Serve it as a sandwich, spooned over mac and cheese, or with mashed potatoes.
Ingredients for making a slow cooker pulled pork sandwich with label

Choosing Pork for Pulled Pork

When choosing pork for pulled pork, look for well-marbled meat with plenty of fat. The best choice of meat for this recipe is pork, also known as picnic roast, Boston butt, blade roast, or pulled pork. It is cheap and softens when cooked slowly. Boneless or bone-in can be used.

Avoid lean cuts such as pork chops or center-cut chops. They don't contain enough fat and can result in dry and tough meat when cooked too long.

Other Ingredients for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Spices – I season the pork only as the sauce adds to the love of the taste. You can add additional spices to the pork before browning, such as garlic powder for flavor or smoky flavor, a little smoked paprika or a dash of liquid smoke.

Homemade Sauce – The secret to this recipe is in this homemade sauce! Pulled pork is cooked in a tangy BBQ sauce with apple cider vinegar, ketchup, molasses and the secret ingredient is chili sauce. If you don't have chili sauce, you can use extra ketchup.

There is chili sauce. Not spicy, it is similar to tangy ketchup. The brand I buy is Heinz Chili Sauce And it's sold near ketchup.

Do not use chili sauce in this recipe or it will be too hot! Here's how you can make your own chili sauce at home.

coleslaw – I love a nice zesty coleslaw with a pulled pork sandwich for fresh flavor. Use store-bought shredded cabbage and a creamy coleslaw dressing underneath. Leftover slaw or dill pickle slaw are also great additions.

Rolls – Anything goes, brioche, hamburger buns, or ciabatta rolls. I like to toast the rolls with garlic butter.

How to Make Crock Pot Pulled Pork

This pork tenderloin recipe is flavored with homemade chutney.

  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together. As directed below.
  2. Brown the pork, place in a 6qt slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top. Cover and cook until soft.
  3. Remove pork and cooking liquid from crockpot. Trim the pork, discarding any large pieces of fat.
  4. Return the shredded meat to the pot, stir in the sauce and keep warm.

What to Serve with Pulled Pork

We often make this recipe in pulled pork sandwiches, but it's even better than mac and cheese or nachos. Some of our favorite side dishes are typical BBQ fare and make-ahead salads.

How to store leftovers

  • Refrigerate leftover Crock Pot pulled pork in a covered container with coleslaw for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave for extra BBQ pork sandwiches. Refrigerate coleslaw for up to 4 days
  • Leftovers can be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months.

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Crockpot Pulled Pork

This is the last pork chop recipe you'll ever need! The shredded pork is tender and delicious in this sweet and tangy sauce!

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cooking time 5 hours 30 minutes

Full time 5 hours 50 minutes

A slow cooker

To make pork

  • For the sauce, in a medium bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard powder, and pepper.

  • Cut the pork in half and season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the pork on all sides.

  • Place the seasoned pork in a 6-quart slow cooker and pour the prepared sauce over it, making sure it is well coated.

  • Cook the pork for 8 to 10 hours on low or high for 5-6 hours or until it is fork tender (to do a quick test, pull a small piece of pork, it should be very tender). If the pork is not tender, it needs more time, cover and cook for 1 hour more. While the pork is cooking, prepare the coleslaw below.

  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker, discarding any large pieces of fat. Remove the liquid from the slow cooker and skim the sauce off, skimming off any fat from the top.

  • Shred the pork using two forks and return it to the crockpot. Add sauce a little at a time to reach desired consistency.

  • Drizzle with a little barbecue sauce, if desired.

Opening the slow cooker releases heat and increases cooking time. Bone in pork works well in this recipe, no changes to cooking times are required.
Check the pork quickly, if the pork is not tender, cover and cook for 1 hour more and check again.
If the pork is ready early, preheat the slow cooker. Pork can rest warm for a few hours before or after slicing.
For a light dressing, combine the following:
⅓ cup light mayonnaise
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Half a teaspoon of sugar
½ teaspoon celery seeds
⅛ teaspoon salt

Calories: 639 | Carbohydrates: 70Yes | Protein: 44Yes | fat: 18Yes | Saturated Fat: 5Yes | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 1208mg | Fiber: 4Yes | Sugar: 34Yes | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 37.4mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 14.7mg

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, entree, pork, slow cooker
the meal American

How to Use Leftover Pulled Pork

Add pulled pork to any of these recipes by substituting chicken, beef or pork for a delicious new meal!

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