Easy Pulled Pork Sandwiches


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Pulled pork sandwiches are easy and delicious. The crockpot does the heavy lifting, just add barbecue sauce and serve them on a busy weeknight or for a game day gathering.

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Overhead view of pulled pork sandwich with barbecue sauce dripping.

Ingredients at a Glance

Check out the list to see what you have on hand and what you need to add to your grocery list.

  • Boston, or pork, Butt Roast
  • Onions
  • Beef Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Barbecue Sauce – Use your favorite
  • Brioche or other hambuger bun type rolls for serving.

So, I must be honest. I don’t really us my crockpot, or slow cooker, as some call it. I had a REALLY old one that I got early in my marriage that would get so hot as it cooked, that I was afraid to leave it all day.

So, one Christmas not too long ago, I asked for a new one. I’m happy to have it but really use it no more than I used the old one. Pulled pork sandwiches are probably the recipe I make the most. I recently made a pulled chicken sandwich but my family likes this better.

A crockpot on a wooden surface.

What I do love about this new crockpot is that it had a lid that secures so you can travel with it. It’s perfect for dips, chili, and other dishes to take to a pot luck or game day party.

The first time I made pulled pork in my crockpot I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn’t even sure what cut of pork to use. I talked to the butcher at my supermarket.

He suggested a pork butt, also known as a Boston butt. Well, my boys were hysterical when I told them.

Pulled pork sandwiches Twitter image.

The first couple of times I made this I didn’t sear the meat. Then I decided to sear each side of it. I use a cast-iron skillet.

The first time I did it my son asked what was different. I asked why and he said it tasted better. Now I sear it every time I make it.

I usually buy what’s on sale, either bone-in or boneless. I do prefer the boneless cut but am always looking to save money. Both work equally well.

How to Serve Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Once you have pulled the pork and added the BBQ sauce, you can add the shredded pork and onions back to a clean crockpot for serving. 

Or you can make up sandwiches or sliders on buns and keep them warm in a chafing dish. For easy clean-up use disposable chafing dishes. Though if you entertain often, reusable chafing dishes are a green option.

I don’t use any condiments on my sandwiches but you could set up a condiment bar with some options for guests:

  • Onions from the cooking liquid
  • Pickles – try these easy refrigerator dill pickles from Cheese Curd in Paradise
  • Coleslaw (see a delicious recipe below)
  • Jalapeños
  • Additional barbecue sauce
  • Roasted red peppers

Side view of a pulled pork sandwich with barbecue sauce drips.

What Can I Serve with Pulled Pork Sandwiches?

For a party, choose a couple of sides to go with the sandwiches. Some of my favorite sides for this meal include:

  • French fries – Frozen from the grocery store for a really easy side.
  • Fried Onion Strings – A bit of work but so worth it. Not optimal for a game day party.
  • Gigi’s Baked Beans – A classic with these sandwiches and perfect party food.
  • Classic Broccoli Salad – A fresh side that’s always popular.
  • Creamy Coleslaw – Try adding it to the sandwich instead of or in addition to a side.
  • Diner-Style Breakfast Potatoes and Onions – Yes, I know it says breakfast by they are equally delicious with dinner.
  • Macaroni and Cheese – Homemade is always better but store-bought is always an option.
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Potato Salad

More Slow Cooker, or Crock-Pot Recipes

If you use your slow cooker often, here are a few other recipes to try with two of them being from blogger friends.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

It's nice to come home and have dinner almost done!
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6


  • 3 – 4 pound Boston Butt (bone-in or boneless)
  • 1 onion sliced into rings
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce I used an 18 ounce bottle of Kraft Original
  • Salt and pepper
  • Rolls for serving


  • Season roast on all sides.
  • In a skillet brown the Boston butt on all sides. I do this for about 6-8 minutes on each side and top and bottom.
  • Add onions to bottom of crock pot. Place roast in crock pot. Add beef broth and barbecue sauce. Turn on high for 8 hours, do not lift lid.
  • After 8 hours, pull roast from liquid to cutting board. Shred meat with 2 forks and place into a large saucepan. Add more barbecue sauce to moisten meat and heat through.
  • Serve on nice rolls with onions from liquid and additional barbecue sauce.

Recipe Notes

Easily make sliders with the pulled pork.

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  1. I’m definitely going to have to talk B.O.B. Bob into this one night. He always wants to Big Green Egg everything…but sometimes I just want a quick easy way to have a pulled pork sandwich!!!

  2. Is there really anything better than pulled pork? I love it especially when I need to feed a crowd! Works well for game day around here. I look forward to making your version!

  3. I will have to say that I’m a little jealous of that locking lid. None of mine have ever had one, although, I guess if I’m being honest, I still love Miss O’Hara (my crockpot) even without one!!! These sandwiches sound like just the snack for game day!

  4. Pulled pork is a favorite here, too, and searing the meat does make it so much better! I love crockpot cooking, but it is easy to forget to use it.

  5. I love crock pot pulled pork. I think the key to getting good flavor from it is the searing and extra prep up front. This looks delicious.

  6. Pulled pork is definitely a perfect slow cooker food. I do want to get better as using my slow cooker more often. I like the convenience, just don’t think to use it much!

  7. That’s pretty cool that your son picked up on the difference that searing meat makes. I’m always glad when I make the effort to sear meat. We tend to smoke our butts here but I don’t think anyone would complain if I served them this. I saw a pulled pork nacho recipe from Carlee that you might like if you have any leftovers.

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