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Easy BBQ Pork Sandwich Recipe: Dinner in a Crock Pot
BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
Pulled Pork Recipe Rating
Pulled Pork in a Slow Cooker
This simple pork recipe is cooked in a crock pot, allowing busy families to cook dinner with very little effort. The resulting sandwiches are flavorful and enjoyed by kids as well as adults. The type of pork used can vary depending on local market prices: I have used pork butt, pork roast, and tenderloins.
I have found that using a pork roast or pork butt can result in greasy meat during the shredding process. This is not a problem for the recipe, but can make the shredding process messy. In general, I use a "club pack" of pork tenderloins (two to a pack) - the pork tenderloins shred well and are not greasy.
The flavor of the sandwiches largely depends on the BBQ sauce - so pick a flavor that suits your particular tastes. I favor a Memphis style sauce on our sandwiches. Smoky or spicy sauces would also taste great!
- 3 lbs. pork, tenderloins, butt, or roast
- 14 oz. can beef broth
- 18 oz. bottle BBQ Sauce
- 8 hamburger buns
Instructions for Making BBQ SandwichesClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Cook Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot
- Start this recipe 5 hours before serving. Pour the broth into the slow cooker and add the pork. Cover and set the heat to high. Cook for 4 hours.
- Once cooked, remove the meat from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the meat. Use a criss-cross motion with the forks to quickly shred the tender pork.
- Place the shredded meat into a large bowl. Add the bottle of BBQ sauce and combine. If the pork appears dry, add some of the broth from the crock pot.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the pork into a covered oven-proof casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, or until heated through.
BBQ Sauce Styles
Tomato and Vinegar
Save the Leftovers
This recipe is fantastic for weeknights because the majority of the cooking and preparation time takes place in the crock pot. This recipe also yields a lot of leftovers. I typically place the leftover cooked pork and place it into freezer-proof, gallon sized storage bags. I press the pork flat in the bags, remove any air, seal, and freeze: the pork is easily stored in the freezer by using this method. Simply thaw out a bag of BBQ pork, heat in the oven, and serve on buns for a second dinner from this recipe. The pork will save in the freezer for approximately 3 months with proper storage.