BBQ Pork Sandwich

Total Time:
6 hr 30 min
10 min
2 hr 20 min
4 hr

6 servings

  • Dry rub:
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne
  • 4 pound shoulder pork roast
  • 2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 6 soft hamburger buns with seeds
  • Bbq sauce
  • Cole slaw

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle dry rub all over the pork roast, pressing into the pork. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a medium bowl and pour into a large Dutch oven. Place pork in the oven and tightly cover with aluminum foil then lid. Roast for 4 hours or until fork tender and shreds easily. Brush the roast with cooking liquid every hour.

Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle. Shred the pork with a fork or tongs into bite size pieces.

Serve on hamburger buns topped with BBQ sauce and cole slaw.

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    This was TOO HOT. So hot, in fact, that we couldn't let my 16-month old touch the stuff. I'd say half of the listed cayenne would be sufficient. The meat was tender and juicy but this was just too spicy to be pleasant.
    This is easy and delicious. But watch the cooking time! My tenderloin was cooked in 75 minutes and overcooked at 1.5 hours. 
    Four hours at 325 is CRAZY! Either cut the temp to 250 or less, or cut the cooking time by 60% or more...
    that's because you used tenderloin - the recipe calls for shoulder which needs (and can stand) a much longer cook time. Much more fat in the shoulder, but that's why it's so good :)
    This was so easy and it was delicious! Made it in a 5 qt LC round french (dutch) oven and it fit nicely with room to spare along the sides. Thanks Paula for the great recipe, I will be making this a lot!
    I made this recipe in my crockpot but otherwise followed the directions. So delicious! :) I think quality of taste has a lot to do with what BBQ you choose so choose wisely!
    Excellent recipe! I used an 8 lb pork tenderloin and doubled the recipe. Instead of cooking in the oven for 4 hours, I put it in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low. The meat was extremely tender and juicy. This recipe was a hit with my entire family.
    I had a 4lb roast, made half of the rub (in the video she states that she makes so much to use later on in other dishes and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I browned the roast on all sides before putting it in the crock pot and only put half of the liquid ingredients as well and cooked it on low for 7 hours. It came out perfect. It fell right off of the bone and had a great flavor. I was worried about adding all of the apple cider vinegar and liquid smoke that the recipe called for but the flavors all blended really well and I'm glad I prepared the seasonings as listed. Served it on hawaiian rolls and plain burger buns. I will definitely make this again and maybe double it for a potluck. The 4lb roast made enough to fill an 8x8 glass baking dish loosely, almost to the top. Thanks FN! <3
    Most delicous pulled pork sandwiches I have ever had! And the slaw just makes it over the top!  
    Can't get enough! It tastes even better the second day!
    All I can say is mmmm good! you never disappoint
    Could not figure out what I felt was missing. It was okay but not great in my opinion. Gonna try The Pioneer Woman recipe and see which I think is best.
    Love this. Making it for my Mother-in-laws 98 birthday party. BBQ sandwich is one of her favorite foods. She puts more slaw than pulled pork on her bun. Everyone else loves the meat best.
    It was okay but not really worth the time and effort. I have had much better.I was looking for a great pulled pork sandwich recipe..and this wasn't it.
    Fingerlick'n good! Perfect balance of flavors without overwhelming your senses. No BBQ sauce needed! Just pour the juices on top and let the pork get happy. I added the garlic powder to my rub and it definitely enhanced the flavor. Definitely worth waiting for. Thanks Paula!
    It was okay. I actually only put half of the ingredients for the dry rub except for the brown sugar of which I put all : I just couldnt bring myself to add that much salt. I let in sit in frig all night with the dry rub and cooked it the next day. It was pretty spicy, even though I had halved the cayenne, but I like spicy. It did have a lot of flavor. I dont think I would have liked it so much with all of the salt, pepper and cayenne. It was good, I just like my pulled pork with more bbq sauce cooked in .
    One of the best I have ever tried!
    wow! I made this last night for the superbowl and it was a huge hit! I used 3 pork loin's from trader joes and refrigerated them with the dry rub overnight! I actually didnt use the red wine vinegar, but I did add a little of red wine that I was drinking. i was able the shred the pork with a spoon! UNBELIEVABLE
    I really liked this recipe, it was quick and simple and the end flavor was delicious. I added a few more spices to my dry rub (garlic powder, onion powder and dried ground chipotle pepper but that was it and everyone loved it. We doubled the recipe to serve a big crowd and it was enjoyed by all!! Make sure to serve it with coleslaw it really goes well with it and adds a nice crunch and coolness to the spices of the meat. Cooking in oven results are better than crock pot by far!!
    Excellent! I have made several different recipes for this kind of sandwich. I would say this is the best so far. I believe it is worth the work to cook in the oven rather than the crock pot. The heat is different and produces a better result. I let the rub stay on overnight. Used two 3.5 lb shoulder roasts for 12 people. Still had somr leftovers. I made 1.5 times the rub but did not need to alter the amount of the liquid ingredients. You will not be disappointed with the marriage of these flavors on your meat. Try it for sure
    Great flavor! I made mine in the crock pot instead of roasting it in the oven and it came out great.
    This recipe is easy, and wonderfully delicious !! The pork was so tender it literally fell off the bone. I couldn't believe the taste ! I have made this so many times I don't even need the recipe anymore. I have given the reciipe away as well. I made a huge amount of the rub and put it in glass containers with ribbons as Christmas gifts for all the bbq / pulled pork fans in my family. They all loved it. Way to go Paula !
    This recipe was on point. My family (5adults and (2 children could'nt get enough. There were no leftovers even though my pork roast was 6 pounds. I would have given this 5 stars but the pullednpork/barbeque in Rocky Mount, NC is the best!
    This pulled pork was so good. I needed to make lunch for several people and they all cook good. They loved it. The pulled pork was so moist and flavorful. I put the dry rub on late in the evening and let it marinate overnight. I used less cayenne pepper but it wasn't noticeable. It smells so good baking. I was concerned about the aluminum foil only because I thought well the dutch oven has a lid but I used both and it was perfect. I am going to try this with tacos next. Oh and I just used store bought coleslaw.
    Easy and excellent taste. An easy dish for entertaining a large family.
    OMG this was fabulous. I followed the direction exactly and would not change a thing. This is my first time making pulled pork but it won't be the last. I did thicken the sauce a little but did not need BBQ sauce. The family is still talking about how good it was. A real keeper.
    This is a fantastic easy change up for little league snack bars everywhere! 
    Hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos are good, but sales suffer over the season. 
    Make 10 lbs of this and sell them for 3-4 bucks each and get use to bringing in some fundraising cash for the kids and even umpires that volunteer...WHOLLY SMOKE! 
    Thanks Ms Deen, 
    We love you!
    I've made this a few times in the dutch oven and loved it! I tried it in a crock pot on low for 8 hours while I was gone and it turned out even better than the dutch oven!  
    I even tried the leftovers in breakfast burritos! Very tasty!!!
    I made this last weekend and just let it sit overnight with the marinade. In the morning I placed it in my crockpot and let it cook all day on low until it was just falling off the bone!!! My husband and kids (and I as well usually do not like eating leftovers the next day, but with this we couldn't get enough!!! We ate this for lunch and dinner almost 3 days in a row (first two days as sandwiches, 3rd day as pulled pork tacos! We made deviled eggs to go along with, not your typical side but it was delicious! One thing I would say is to cut down on the apple cider just a bit as it may overpower the meat (although if you cook it all day like I did, it cooks out that strong flavor. Aside from that it was so delicious!! We couldn't get enough and are making it again today, can't wait till it's done!
    My husband LOVED this recipe, although the rub was a bit hot for me. However, when doused with bbq sauce, it mellows it out just fine. SUPER tasty and SUPER easy! Will definitely be making it again!
    Very good sandwich. Next time my only change will be to cut the cayenne in half and use a little less black pepper. Even my spice loving husband noticed the "kick" in the rub. We used a sweet bbq sauce to counteract the heat and it turned out very tasty. Very easy too. You will end up with a lot of meat so invite some friends over or be prepared for leftovers all week.
    I?m pretty sure this barbeque pulled pork marks the best thing I have ever made in a crockpot. Or maybe the best thing I have ever made, period? Thank you Paula Deen, thank you. I thought that three parts Sweet Baby Ray?s mixed with one part Open Pit made the perfect sweet and savory sauce.
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