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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow cook the pork butt roast on low for 8 hours for the most tender, fall apart pieces then use the sauce for flavoring the shredded sandwich meat.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pork
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours
Servings 12 servings
Calories 147 kcal

Ingredients

For the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar divided
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 5-pound bone-in pork butt (shoulder roast)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

For the Crunchy Coleslaw

  • 10 cups shredded coleslaw mix or 1 16-ounce bag
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Sandwiches

  • 12 hamburger buns or rolls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish or more to taste

Instructions

For the Slow Cooker Pork

  1. Set a 6 quart slow cooker to high to preheat. 

  2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, cumin, coriander, kosher salt and black pepper together. Rub half of the mixture on the pork, setting aside the remaining spice rub. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or high sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork to the pan and brown evenly on each side, about 5 minutes per side.

  3. Add the onion and garlic to the slow cooker and top with the pork butt. In a bowl or measuring cup, mix the remaining spice rub with the stock, ketchup, and vinegar then pour over the pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours, or until fork tender. 

  4. Place the pork on a baking sheet or cutting board and let rest for 20-30 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Shred the pork into pieces and place in a bowl or back into the slow cooker insert. 

  5. Skim the fat from the cooking liquid and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth then pour 1-2 cups of the liquid over the shredded pork and toss to combine.

For the Coleslaw

  1. Toss the coleslaw mix and red onion with the canola oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, caraway seeds, celery seed, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour for flavors to blend.

To Assemble the Sandwiches

  1. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream with the prepared horseradish, adding more to taste. 

  2. Slather the horseradish mayo on one side of a bun, then top it with the shredded pork and crunchy slaw. Serve warm with extra dipping sauce if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 517mg22%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.