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Easy BBQ Pork Sandwich Recipe: Dinner in a Crock Pot

Updated on August 3, 2012

BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

This simple crock pot recipe is easy for families to make on hectic week nights!
This simple crock pot recipe is easy for families to make on hectic week nights! | Source

Pulled Pork Recipe Rating

3.3 stars from 3 ratings of BBQ Pork Sandwich

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!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves more than 8 people

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. pork, tenderloins, butt, or roast
  • 14 oz. can beef broth
  • 18 oz. bottle BBQ Sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns

Instructions for Making BBQ Sandwiches

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Pull two forks in opposite directions to shred the meat.Pour the BBQ sauce into the shredded meat mixture.If the mixture appears dry, add some broth from the crockpot to moisten.Place the pork mixture in an oven-proof, covered casserole dish.Bake the pork at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through. Serve on a hamburger bun.
Pull two forks in opposite directions to shred the meat.
Pull two forks in opposite directions to shred the meat. | Source
Pour the BBQ sauce into the shredded meat mixture.
Pour the BBQ sauce into the shredded meat mixture. | Source
If the mixture appears dry, add some broth from the crockpot to moisten.
If the mixture appears dry, add some broth from the crockpot to moisten. | Source
Place the pork mixture in an oven-proof, covered casserole dish.
Place the pork mixture in an oven-proof, covered casserole dish. | Source
Bake the pork at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through. Serve on a hamburger bun.
Bake the pork at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through. Serve on a hamburger bun. | Source

How to Cook Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. 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

Sauce Type
Origin
Flavor
Vinegar
American South/Carolinas
Tangy/Sharp
Sweet Tomato
Kansas City
Sweet
White (Mayonnaise)
Alabama
Creamy
Mustard
South Carolina
Tangy
Tomato and Vinegar
Memphis/St. Louis
Sweet/Sour

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.

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    • leahlefler profile imageAUTHOR

      Leah Lefler 

      4 years ago from Western New York

      We love both versions of BBQ sauce, but my kids definitely prefer the sweeter version! I'm glad you like it, Lee Ann!

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      Lee Ann March 

      4 years ago

      Sounds yummy- love BBQ! I tend to lean more towards the sweet than spicy...which makes the pork sandwiches just that much better in my opinion!

    • leahlefler profile imageAUTHOR

      Leah Lefler 

      5 years ago from Western New York

      I hope you like it, las81071. It is a very simple recipe. The first time we made it, the BBQ sauce was way too sweet. We tried a different brand/type and now we have "perfect" pulled pork sandwiches. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, you can cut the preparation time. Use the paddle blade and the mixer will shred the meat for you!

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      las81071 

      5 years ago

      I have never tried pulled pork but it sure looks tasty. I just got a new crock pot and I am searching for different recipes to make so I will keep this one for sure. Thanks

    • leahlefler profile imageAUTHOR

      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks, teaches12345! I make this one on busy sports nights, so that we can all grab a sandwich and run to the little league field.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You must have had a really good meal on this one! Looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe and details on how to make it using a crock pot.. great time saver for me.

    • leahlefler profile imageAUTHOR

      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Vespawoolf, I'll have to check out your BBQ sauce hubs! This is a really easy dinner to make, since it cooks in the crock pot. The hardest part is shredding the pork - the rest is really easy!

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love pulled pork and your idea of making it in a crockpot is great! I wrote a hub with recipes for all the sauces you mention, except the one from Alabama. I never get tired of BBQ sauce. Voted up and across the board (except funny).

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