BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches {Slow Cooker}

by Chrissy

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Behold, one of BBQ’s greatest offerings to the picnic table: BBQ Pulled Pork.

I searched high and low for the perfect mix of ingredients, and feel confident that this recipe is a big winner.

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Slow cooker meals are always a labor of love. Not that they take a lot of effort or action, but they do take some commitment and planning ahead. And patience, lots and lots of patience.

Just about anything that comes out of a slow cooker is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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This BBQ Pulled Pork was no exception. I brought the whole batch over to my church small group and people kept commenting on how glorious it was, as they scraped the bottom for seconds. Now, I think I will be expected to make this a potluck staple, regularly, and with gladness, I accept.

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Here’s a nice little step-by-step to prove to you, just how easy this pulled pork is to make!

Slice red onion and mince garlic.

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Sprinkle spices over trimmed pork roast.

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Sear on both sides for 2 minutes each.

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Transfer roast to slow cooker. Top with all the goodies (onions, garlic, cayenne, soy sauce, a little water, and beer).

Yeah, pour that beer. Try not to drink any, the meat really needs it more than you do.

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Set slow cooker on low and let it go for 8 to 10 hours. I did 10 and it was glorious.

Also, since I didn’t have time to shred it right away, I let it cool down a bit and put it in the fridge, to reheat and shred before dinnertime. This process made it much easier to remove the fatty layer at the top, since it was solidified from chilling in the fridge.

If you are like me and aren’t a big fan of separating the fatty layer from the juices, this is the way to go.

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Transfer roast to rimmed baking sheet. Remove fatty pieces and shred meat by hand or fork.

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Discard all but about 2/3 of the juices (saving the onions) and return shredded meat to slow cooker, to combine with juices.

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Add about 1 1/2 cups of your favorite BBQ Sauce, store-bought or homemade, and stir.

Before, eating, heat on high for 30 minutes to an hour, to allow BBQ flavor to distribute while meat heats.

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And there you have it, folks, the loveliest BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich that you ever did see.

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So, as we welcome the summer, full of sunshine and cook-outs, put this on your “to-make” list and get it cooking!

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You know you want to. You just can’t resist this.

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Don’t worry, I couldn’t either…which is why I dominated 3 in one sitting.


BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches {Slow Cooker}

Print Recipe

Serves 10-15


1 Tbsp olive oil

4-5 lb boneless pork shoulder roast

3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cumin

2 cups red onions, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

12 ounces beer

1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp water

1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (we use Stubbs), plus more for serving

Buns of choice (slider size work great)

Toppings of choice (red onions, coleslaw, cabbage, pickles, cheese…etc)



Trim excess fat from the pork roast. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and cumin over all sides of the roast. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear roast for 2 minutes on one side and another 2 minutes on the other side.

Transfer seared roast to the slow cooker. Top with thinly sliced red onions, garlic, beer, soy sauce, water, and a sprinkle of cayenne.

Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Carefully, remove roast from slow cooker and place on a rimmed baking sheet. It may start to fall apart so transfer in sections if needed. With two forks or using hands–if not too hot—remove and discard fatty pieces then shred meat.

To handle the juices: first, remove the top layer of fat and discard, safety. Then, remove all but about 2/3 of the juices and remaining red onions, as this will be used to keep meat moist. Discard extra juices.

Return shredded meat back into the slow cooker. Pour 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce over top and mix a few times to distribute. Cover and set on the low setting until ready to serve.

Serve hot BBQ Pulled Pork on a bun with toppings of choice and a little extra BBQ sauce.


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3 Responses to “BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches {Slow Cooker}”

  1. This recipe makes pulled pork so easy to prepare, the beer is great for tenderizing and flaaavor! Looks so yummy, now wonder they were scraping the bottom!

  2. Now that is one wonderful looking pulled pork sandwich! The photos are gorgeous, and it must have tasted awesome. Beautiful work!

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