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.
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
- 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.
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.
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)
- Additional barbecue sauce
- Roasted red peppers
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.
- Hot Citrus Cider
- Beef Short Ribs with Vegetables
- Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce from An Affair from the Heart
- Crock-Pot Chicken Spaghetti from Daily Dish Recipes
- 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.
Easily make sliders with the pulled pork.
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