The best pulled pork sandwich you will ever taste is here - and it's super easy to prepare in 5-minutes and loaded with mouth-watering slow-cooked pulled pork meat!
This recipe has a crunch from the delicious and easy coleslaw and a fresh bun slathered with homemade BBQ sauce for an epic shredded pork sandwich you won't forget!
🌟 Why this recipe works
The slow-cooker pulled pork roast meat is juicy, tender, and packed with flavor. It's perfectly seasoned with spices like smoked paprika, chili powder, and onion powder that add layers of flavor to the ultimate pulled pork sandwiches.
This pulled pork sandwich is out-of-this-world combined with fresh and crunchy slaw and a delicious BBQ sauce!
It's the perfect sandwich to take to picnics, potlucks, or a tasty lunchtime treats at home with friends.
Pork shoulder and pork butt are budget-friendly cuts with lots of flavors that you can find in every butcher's shop or grocery store that are perfect for feeding a large family and cooking in the oven, crockpot, or slow-cooker.
Pulled pork is a versatile meat that can be used on various dishes like pizza, tacos, salads, enchiladas, quesadillas, and of course, sandwiches.
And with a 10 pound roast, you can easily make enough pulled pork to last you throughout the week to enjoy your favorite dishes or even freeze it.
So, if you're craving the ultimate shredded pork sandwich, try this super easy and delicious recipe that is sure to satisfy your taste buds!
🍽 Key ingredients
If you want the best pulled pork sandwich, you'll want to make the slaw and pulled pork on the same day to enjoy the slaw's freshest taste and crunchy texture.
Pulled pork - The main ingredient in the sandwich is pulled pork, and with this drool-worthy pulled pork recipe flavored with sweet brown sugar and spicy chili powder, you'll get the best sandwich ever!
Homemade red cabbage coleslaw - it's easy and delicious with simple pantry ingredients, like apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, seasoning, onion, and red cabbage.
Barbecue sauce - Use your favorite barbecue sauce for this recipe. Sweet, smokey, or spicey taste great!
Bread - I use hamburger buns for my shredded pork sandwich, as It's easy to pile the meat high with the additional ingredients on top.
Sourdough or French baguettes and sandwich bread are great alternatives to hamburger buns.
The sweetness of the red cabbage works well in this pulled pork sandwich, but you could substitute it for Asian slaw or another type of crunchy slaw.
🔪 How to make
It takes minutes to make this heavenly pulled pork sandwich ready for serving. Once all the condiments are prepared, it's a matter of assembling them in the bun in the right order.
Cut the hamburger buns in half and toast it for a crunchy tastes.
Use a generous portion of freshly cooked pulled pork or reheat leftover pulled pork to stack on top of the bottom bun.
Spoon the BBQ sauce over the top of the meat, followed by the crunchy slaw. My homemade barbeque sauce is out of this world.
Place the top bun over the slaw and press slightly.
Cut in half or serve it whole.
💭 Cooking tips
Make in advance
You can prepare these pulled pork sandwiches in advance and place them airtight container or wrapped in aluminum foil for up to 2 days in the fridge for a grab-and-go meal.
The sandwich can be messy.
The sandwiches can be quite messy, so if you want to avoid the meat and barbecue sauce falling out of the bun and onto your clothes, use extra-large buns or a baguette. And fill them with less pulled pork and BBQ sauce.
📖 Recipe Variations
Upgrade your tender pork sandwich with other tasty ingredients to add extra layers of flavor.
Melted cheese such as cheddar cheese, Monterrey Jack, or American cheese are great additions to your pork recipes, and it goes well with the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.
Lay the sliced or shredded cheese on top of the other ingredients and place the sandwich under the broiler for a minute until the cheese melts.
Add sautéed onions
Sautéed onions add extra flavor and sweetness to your shredded pork sandwich. Sauté 2 large white onions, thinly cut into half-moons, for 10 minutes until caramelized, and place them on top of the slaw.
Sweet or sour relish is another tasty variation to add on top of your pulled pork sandwich. Dill and cucumber dill relish, sauerkraut, or corn relish are great options and will add layers of flavor.
🥗 What to serve with
These sandwiches are hearty and filling, so I like to serve pulled pork with a side of wedges, veggies, or a light salad.
Sauteed asparagus: 5-minute sauteed asparagus with a crunch is the perfect complement to a hearty pulled pork sandwich.
Green beans with ham: Green beans and ham go together like cheese and wine, so this is always a great side dish to serve with pulled pork sandwiches.
Steamed veggies: Steamed veggies like carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower are a tasty and healthy to pulled pork sandwiches.
Spicy potato wedges: Crispy potato wedges are a delicious and flavorful side dish. Make them spicy with chili powder and cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
Air fryer sweet potatoes: Air fryer sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to regular fries. They're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them the perfect side dish. I also pair them with my Travis Scott burger copycat recipe.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
Should I toast buns for pulled pork?
Yes, I recommend toasting the buns for pulled pork sandwiches. This will help them hold up better when you assemble the sandwich and add all of the ingredients.
Can you eat pulled pork cold?
Yes, you can eat pulled pork cold. As long as it's sufficiently cooked before storing, it is safe to eat any way you want, but it's best when reheated.
How to make the pulled pork juicy?
Add liquid to the pan when slow-cooking the pork meat. Chicken broth, water, and soda pop are all great options to help tenderize the meat as it cooks. Make sure to only cover the bottom half of the pork.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
Pulled pork sandwiches are a delicious snack or meal whether they are eaten cold or hot, making them perfect for storing and reheating.
Fridge - Leftover pulled pork sandwiches will last in the fridge for up to 4 days stored in an airtight container.
Freezer - Pulled pork sandwiches can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap each sandwich individually in plastic wrap and then place them all in a container.
Reheating - Reheat pulled pork sandwiches in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave. Thaw first in the fridge overnight and then reheat if reheating from frozen. Enjoy!
🍳 Related Recipes
If you like this pulled pork sandwich recipe, you must try one of these easy pork recipes in your next meal.
👪 Serving size
The pulled pork sandwich recipe will make 2 servings with one portion equaling one sandwich, or you can cut each sandwich in half and serve it to 4 people with some tasty side dishes to accompany them.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about making delicious pulled pork sandwiches, from the ingredients to the side dishes and storing them for a grab-and-go meal. Enjoy!
Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
- 4 hamburger buns
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 3 cups slow-cooked pulled pork
- 3 cups red cabbage coleslaw
- Cut the hamburger buns in half and toast them.
- Use a generous portion of freshly cooked pulled pork or reheat leftover pulled pork to stack on top of the bottom bun.
- Spoon the BBQ sauce over the top of the meat, followed by the crunchy slaw.
- Place the top bun over the slaw and press slightly.
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