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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

posted by Julie Evink on June 15, 2011

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Do you have those foods that you know you want to make but you never really get there? This is one of them for me. I have bookmarked, cut out, highlighted etc. None of this ever helped me actually make BBQ Pulled Pork. I knew it couldn’t be that hard but all the recipes I found had all sorts of rubs, homemade sauce, etc. I knew I wanted simple recipe that I could throw in the crock-pot and go to work and when I got home it would almost be done. Then I came across this recipe and it had rave reviews on Tasty Kitchen and I knew I had to make it. Another motivating factor was I’m trying to find recipes that I can make and not heat up the entire kitchen which made me think of the crock-pot, but all the recipes I have reminded me of winter. This is a summer recipe in my opinion so I gave it a whirl. I can not say enough about it. It’s super duper easy, incredibly good, and the meat literally fell apart when I was trying to take it out the crock-pot. It got rave reviews from my hubby also, which is good because I truly have been striking out lately as you all read in the last post. This totally redeemed me and I’m sure he thinks I’m the best wife in the world again! Try this recipe even if you have a different one you usually use. The secret ingredient is the hickory flavored smoke so make sure you use it. I used a 4 lb bone-in pork shoulder because the local grocery store didn’t have boneless and it still turned out great although I cut back on the BBQ sauce a little. We had leftovers so stay tuned for what I used them for the next night! Enjoy!

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Preparation 10 minutes Cook Time 10 hours


  • 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder or pork loin
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 Tbsp hickory-flavored smoke
  • 2 c. barbecue sauce
  • Buns


  1. Rinse the pork shoulder and pat dry. Rub salt and pepper over the pork and place in a crock-pot.
  2. Add water and liquid smoke. Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours, until the pork is very tender.
  3. Remove the pork from the crock-pot and discard the remaining liquid. Shred the pork using a couple of forks.
  4. Place the meat back in the crock-pot along with the barbecue sauce and continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes until the pork is hot again. Serve on buns with extra barbecue sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 5267kcal Calories from fat 2970
% Daily Value
Total Fat 330g508%
Saturated Fat 113g565%
Cholesterol 1288mg429%
Sodium 7073mg295%
Carbohydrate 234g78%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 190g
Protein 316g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Recipe adapted from: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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  • Heather

    I make pulled pork but I just put the pork tenderloin in with a 2 liter bottle of root beer. It tastes amazing! My friend does it with different flavors of beer. When it comes out, shred it and add bbq sauce. It’s delicious!

  • Cathy

    These would be such a huge hit with my hubby!!

  • Shari Barnes

    We love BBQ around here! This is how I make mine too. I haven’t made it in awhile though. I think it is time to be added back onto the menu! Your photo is making me hungry!!! 🙂

  • Emily Woodard

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I’m trying a new recipe every week and will definitely be back to your blog for more inspiration.

    • Julie Evink

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Emily! Let me know what else you try 🙂

  • Jaime

    Do you put the pork in frozen or thawed?

  • Karyl

    Hi, I’m wanting to make this next week.. Can you tell me how many servings this recipe gives you? I’m thinking of cutting it in half & using a 3 quart slow cooker. Do you think the recipe will still come out good??

    • Julie Evink

      If you half the recipe just watch the cooking time as it might cook faster. I would guess a full recipe give 10-12 servings so half might be like 5-6?

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