Slow Cooker BBQ pulled pork sandwiches


Not just for brioche bun sandwiches, it works really well in tacos, on basmati rice or on grilled sandwiches!

This slow cooker BBQ pulled pork makes the best sandwiches are the easiest, most delicious and versatile thing you can cook. In this video I show you how to make them from scratch plus a bonus spicy coleslaw recipe that’s so good you’ll catch yourself eating it on it’s own.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These slow cooker BBQ pulled pork sandwiches are the easiest, most delicious and versatile thing you can cook. In this recipe I show you how to make them from scratch plus a bonus spicy coleslaw recipe that's so good you'll catch yourself eating it on it's own.
Servings 8 portions
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes


  • Slow Cooker


The Pulled Pork

  • 1 kg (2lb) pork button / boston butt
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp english mustard
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder or flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt kosher
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 100 grams BBQ Sauce of choice try spicy Korean BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sambal Oelek optional but highly recommended

The Coleslaw

  • 1/2 head of Cabbage thinly sliced
  • 200 grams carrots grated
  • 80 grams medium onion
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha / your favorite hot sauce optional
  • 1/2 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 50 grams (~3tbsp) mayonnaise

Sandwich Assembly

  • 2 slices of cheddar per portion
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha per portion
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise for toasting
  • 1 piece brioche bun sliced & toasted


Preparing the Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

  • Mix all the spices in a bowl
  • Add 1 tsp of vegetable oil in a pan, heat it up then sear the meat on all sides
    Let the meat cool off a bit, use this time to cut the onion then place it on the bottom of the slow cooker
  • After the meat is cool enough to handle, coat it with the mustard then rub in all the spice mix and place the meat in the middle of the slow cooker. You can also add any leftover spice mix
    Set the slow cooker on low and leave it to cook overnight for at least 8 hours.
    If you want it done in the same day then set the slow cooker on high for 6 hours
  • After the initial cooking is done check if the meat is tender enough and ready to be pulled apart.
    Take out about 200ml or 1 ladle worth of the juices and then pull the meat apart using two forks. Then mix it all together with the juices
    Mix in the barbeque sauce and the sambal oelek
    Let it cook for an additional 30min uncovered so that the sauce flavors get absorbed in the meat

Spicy Coleslaw

  • First off, you should prepare this a couple of hours in advance, the flavor is a lot better if it gets to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours
  • Finely dice the onion, grate the onion and thinly slice the cabbage – place them all in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl combine all the spices and condiments then add the mayo and combine. Add the sauce over the veggies and mix well.
    Cover it and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours for the flavors to develop

The Sandwich Assembly

  • Toast your buns by slicing it in two, brush it with mayonnaise or butter and place it in a pan on medium heat. Keep moving and rotating them to ensure even toasting, you can occasionally lightly press on them for better contact with the pan
  • Once the buns are toasted, add sriracha on both sides the place 140g of pulled pork
  • Top it with the cheddar slices and a heaping tablespoon of the coleslaw
  • Add the top bun and proceed to consume it 🙂 Enjoy!


IF THE MEAT ISN’T PULLING APART EASILY:  Since not all slow cookers are the same you might need to let it go for a bit longer so cover it back and let it go for an additional hour on high. 
Calories: 187kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, pork, sandwich, slow cooker

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