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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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 &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
I think it would come out richer if you used veg stock (and maybe the beer) :) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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