Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Total Time:
8 hr 30 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
8 hr 15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 3 -to-4-pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 potato buns
  • Barbecue sauce and prepared coleslaw, for serving
Directions

Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the paprika, mustard powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet; add the pork and cook, turning, until browned on all sides, 5 minutes. Remove the pork and transfer to a plate; whisk 3/4 cup water into the drippings in the skillet. Transfer the liquid to a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker.

Add the vinegar, tomato paste, the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 cups water to the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the pork, cover and cook on low, 8 hours.

Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board. Strain the liquid into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Season with salt. Roughly chop the pork and mix in a bowl with 1 cup of the reduced cooking liquid, and salt and vinegar to taste. Serve on buns with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.

Per serving: Calories 508; Fat 20 g (Saturated 6 g); Cholesterol 152 mg; Sodium 1,270 mg; Carbohydrate 31 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 49 g

Photograph by Christopher Testani


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I followed the recipe exactly but ended up taking out after about 4 hours in slow cooker (on low).  It's a bit dry.  Did others really cook for full 8 hours?  I used the correct cut of meat purchased at our local butcher shop.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
<p>I've been doing this for years,only I use my rib rub on the pork &amp; then slow cook!</p><p>I get raves on it!</p><p> I have a question.</p><p>Who thinks putting a salad on a sandwich is a good idea? It is a great side dish but not a condiment!</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family abhors vinegar but loves honey bbq so I used spice rub and put in slow cooker with bbq, red onions and pear nectar so it would have some acidity but not prominent. the pear nectar contributes to tenderness. you could use any nectar as in peach,pineapple. etc. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My four year old, husband and I love this meal. It is easy and is also great bang for your buck. Great flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My four year old, husband and I love this meal. It is easy and is also great bang for your buck. Great flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! My daughter hates bbq sauce &amp;needed something tasty it's own. We decided to try this one. It was the best! This will be my go to from now on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Extremely bland! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tripled this recipe to make for a party of 30 people. The sandwiches were a big hit though personally, I thought the pork was on the bland side, even though I used a combination of chicken stock and beer instead of water. Very tender meat; I cooked it on low for about 9 hours and it just fell apart. During the sauce reduction, I added additional apple cider vinegar plus about a 1/4 bottle of Stubbs bbq sauce to give it a bit more punch. I've had better and will probably try a different recipe in the future. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! I would absolutely make this again. I had to shorten the cooking time to 7 hours so I did the last hour on high. I agree with other reviewers that this makes more than 4 servings. I estimate you could get about 10 sandwiches from this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a legit pulled pork. I substituted veg stock and beer for the water but otherwise made as written. I slightly prefer the Pioneer Woman's because it is quite a bit richer and comes out more tender for me. However, this is super easy and also very good. My husband likes this one better too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not care for this recipe and found the meat to be mushy and flavorless. I have tried other pulled pork recipes in the crock pot and held out hope for this one because of the vinegar sauce but this did not meet my expectations. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yield's only 4 servings? Does everyone really eat 1 lb of pork? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a little bit of garlic and onion powder to the rub, some diced onions to the crockpot, and used chicken broth instead of the water. My pork loin was falling apart after 2 he's on high and 4 on low. And it tastes amazing. Definitely making again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice recipe but if you "roughly chop" the pork it ain't a pulled pork recipe. Just sayin' ;-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great.... I was looking for a great vinegar based bbq flavour... like in SC or GA. I used pork tenderloin, and doubled the spices/sauce (had about 4 lbs of meat). I added some celery salt, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. You have to reduce the liquids... don't skip this part! Had it on toasted ww buns, dill pickles. Should have added a sweet onion, will next time. This was delicious! Will make this a regular to my life. Crock pot for work days meal! I prepped it the night before, browning my meat, assembled it all in the crock pot, stuck in frig. Put it on this a.m. when I left for work. Great meal when I got home! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic recipe, my family loved it! Will definitely do it again. We left the vinegar off when simmering down the sauce and allowed our family to add to their own plate as needed, it worked wonders! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good and I guess I was looking for a tangier recipe but I really feel like it could have had more salt and sugar to begin with item not reviewed by moderator and published
How many people will this serve? Has anyone had to double the recipe? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! We all loved it! Trimming the fat was a little tedious but definitely worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great with a pork loin. Just cook in crock pot for 2 hrs on high and then lower to low for 2 hours. Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this. I used a pork roast and the only changes I made were using a bit more apple cider vinegar than called for, and substituting chicken broth for the water. It was literally falling apart after 8 hours on low and really easy to shred. I thought that the sauce was going to be a dud though because it smelled SO vinegary when it was done, and even after reducing it, I didn't like it on its own. But when I added it to the pork, it all came together and tasted great! Hubby liked it too :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best ever pulled pork . I used pork tenderloin! Magnificent everybody loves it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Though my husband thought this lacked the smoky flavor you only get from actually smoking, I thought this was a definite keeper! I omitted the tomato paste. Flavors are awesome! Will make to share! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This really is amazing! When you look at the ingredients, you don't think much of it --- but WOW, it's so good. Will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and so easy to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! My grocery store didn't have pork shoulder, so I used beef shoulder instead. Wow. Great option to have! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just finished this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! The only changes I made were when I put everything in the slow cooker, I also added a can of low sodium chicken stock. This brought to liquid level to cover the pork and I think imparted a bit more flavor than water alone. I also added some pepper flakes, but I don't think I noticed the difference there. I didn't feel like waiting 8 hours, so I cooked on high for 4 hours instead of low for 8. It was fall apart, melt in your mouth amazing. Served with eater's choice of bbq sauce, pickles and coleslaw made with apple cider vinegar. Awesome, easy meal!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was one of the best pulled pork recipes I've ever made. It really lets the flavor of the meat shine. I followed the recipe exactly except for tomato paste. I didn't have any so I used some pizza sauce. It was amazing. Not too saucy but if that's really what you're looking for, you'll have to add it in on your own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe turned out great. However, I always doctor recipes. As Kyle mentioned for his recipe, I added more apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked chipotle powder and Mexican chili powder (hot). I used dark brown sugar as opposed to light brown. I also added some sherry, liquid smoke and apple cider into the mix. I was making two batches due to a family gathering. My first recipe went a little too heavy on the apple cider vinegar because I failed to place the apple cider into the mix. I corrected this by adding dark brown sugar and apple cider to my reduction on the stove. So moist and great. Utilized for the first time a pressure cooker gift called the Power Cooker. It was great because it has different cook settings and can brown the meat first. So I browned one pork shoulder and then tossed it into my other slow cooker. Then took the second pork shoulder, browned it and then finished it the Power Cooker. No need to utilize the stove and a skillet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty. I didn't have 8 hours, so I set the slow cooker on high for the 1st 2 hours, then low for 4 hours. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made pulled pork before, but this by far is the best recipe. The flavor was perfect and the meat was so tender. Definitely a keeper in my home. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time for my girlfriend and I and we love it. I add garlic powder, onion powder, a little chili powder and a little Cayenne for some heat. I use vegetable broth instead of water and I put 2 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar in the crock pot for some extra bite. It's glorious every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect - easy to make, most ingredients are in your pantry already! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this for my family and it was wonderful! The only thing I didn't have was the apple vinegar so I used white wine vinegar instead and it still turned out awesome. I wouldn't change the recipe at all. I will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious and super easy! Entire family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent and easy and willl make it again with the correct ingredients next time - I didn't have any apple cider vinegar so I just used white wine vinegar and I put 1/2 a large Spanish onion on the bottom of the Butt and it was great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic! I really like the sauce that results from cooking the pork. I boil it down for about 10 minutes as the recipe says, but then I dump it all back in with the pork, instead of just using 1 cup. Keeps the leftovers juicy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy and tasted fantastic! Will definitely use this recipe again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband, it is the best recipe, 5 stars item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! I was quite impressed! The reviews did not lie! It took more time that I thought, though. Both my husband and I are in the army with our 1 year old, so I have very little time to clean, let alone cook. To help out, I recommend letting the meat sit in the fridge overnight after placing the rub. That way, all you really have to do is stick it on the frying pan and quickly place it all in the pot the next day. I ended up tripling the rub, there wasn&amp;#39;t enough at all for four lb. even after I trimmed the fat off. Didn&amp;#39;t bother me a bit, though. I knew even beforehand that I would need more because these recipes never tell you to add enough when it comes to rubs and sauces. Oh well. Still Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all the other reviews and went - OK. Sounds good, but I&amp;#39;ll bet this is really just so-so, as the ingredients list is not real exciting. But.... and that&amp;#39;s a BIG but.... This is truly a knock-your-socks off recipe! Totally easy, totally scrumptious! I doubled everything (except the salt, as I had a 6 pound pork loin roast, but otherwise followed everything to the letter. I did let the sauce reduce longer than 10 minutes, as I had more cooking liquid than the single batch recipe would produce. The meat is tender, falling apart, moist and luscious! Will DEFINITELY do again! Great dish for a potluck or to feed a crowd of hungry football fans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made a number of slow-cooker pulled pork recipes and this one was my favorite. The flavor and texture was outstanding. It is unbeatable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. I added onions &amp; garlic to the bottom of the crock pot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like mine with smoked sausage. It is good but hard to keep lit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe! Simple to make and inexpensive. My whole family loved it and have requested I make it again and again. Thank you Food Network!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious and super easy! Entire family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was missing the mustard spice so I was reluctant to try it, but I did and am I glad. My family LOVED it and it was so EASY. I had out patient surgery that morning so I prepared it the night before, plugged it the crock pot before I left for the hospital and my family had a TASTY meal that night. I had left overs the next day and I agree it was great and SO easy! I bet it's even better with the mustard spice I was missing- lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe was so easy to follow and it turned out so delicious! definitely going to use this one for my next big family get-together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were SO easy and delicious!! I will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!! Soooo EASY, and super yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavor. We doubled it and let it go in the slow cooker for 10 hours. Fell/pulled apart easily. item not reviewed by moderator and published
real good easy to make. homemade slaw and bar=q sauce.I put it on in the am before work done when i got home. sauce thickens up just right.will make again item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Moist, tender, flavorful, and easy! Served with baked macaroni and cheese, and a kale and Brussels sprouts salad for a football party. A big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent results with reduced preparation; however, chopped pork does not qualify as "PULLED" pork : item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to get into the slow cooker! The meat was to tender and I was surprised how much I liked the sauce after I reduced it until it was thick. The sauce was a little salty (but I am sensitive to salt so don't add salt until you tasted it after it has been reduced. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! I started it this morning for a football party and ended up cooking it on high for 6 hours instead of low for 8. So tender and juicy...it "pulled" perfectly. Browning the meat first made a wonderful crust that stayed intact during the time in the slow cooker. I will definitely make this one again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious!! I've never made pulled pork before and was afraid it would be bland, but it was so flavorful. Tonight, I put my leftovers into Brunswick Stew. I will be making this recipe many more times! item not reviewed by moderator and published
<span>It really needs the long cook time. You have to cook it far past the "done" point, until the collagen that holds it together melts out and the meat starts to fall apart. At that point it will no longer seem overcooked. If you pull it out between done and falling apart, it might seem overdone or dry, so the 4 hour cook time could be the issue.</span><div><br /></div><div>But also, cuts of meat vary, and even a good cut from a butcher might just end up being dry.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Growing up in South Carolina, we always put our cole slaw on the sandwich. Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't knock it until you have tried it.  Cole slaw on a pulled pork sandwich is wonderful!<div><br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it would come out richer if you used veg stock (and maybe the beer) :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
when would you have added the sweet onion? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I dont think you used a pork tenderloin, they get very tough and dry during long cook times. Pork butt, shoulder aka picnic roast is the cut to use for pulled pork. Otherwise you're making a roast for slicing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yield: 4 servings item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice review tips. I'm planning to make this tomorrow, and also thought of cooking it on high for 4 hrs in the slow cooker, rather than the low for 8 hrs. I like your suggestions of chicken stock instead of water. And think I might add just a smidge of liquid smoke. I appreciate your plan to try the pepper flakes and letting us know the results. (Reminds me of Cooks Illust**ed reviews of reporting various tweaks to perfect a recipe!) Thanks. I like how your culinary mind works. Lol! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice review tips. I'm planning to make this tomorrow, and also thought of cooking it on high for 4 hrs in the slow cooker, rather than the low for 8 hrs. I like your suggestions of chicken stock instead of water. And think I might add just a smidge of liquid smoke. I appreciate your plan to try the pepper flakes and letting us know the results. (Reminds me of Cooks Illust**ed reviews of reporting various tweaks to perfect a recipe!) Thanks. I like how your culinary mind works. Lol! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How many servings does this make? The recipe says four, but it calls for a 4 lb. boneless pork shoulder! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So it's almost midnight, I just got back from the grocery store, and started reading reviews. You HAVE to be a mom, to go grocery shopping for your family late at night, OR worry about preparing a dinner, while YOU'RE having surgery! LOL! I realize you posted this a yr ago. I appreciate your review and hope surgery went well. But the irony struck me of how as moms, no matter what's going on with us, we want our families fed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So it's almost midnight, I just got back from the grocery store, and started reading reviews. You HAVE to be a mom, to go grocery shopping for your family late at night, OR worry about preparing a dinner, while YOU'RE having surgery! LOL! I realize you posted this a yr ago. I appreciate your review and hope surgery went well. But the irony struck me of how as moms, no matter what's going on with us, we want our families fed! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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