BBQ Pork Sandwich

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    Tender shredded pulled pork smothered in tangy BBQ sauce and served on a toasted hamburger bun. This BBQ pork sandwich recipe is an easy, no-fail dinner idea that takes just 5 minutes to prep! 

    Whenever we make my easy BBQ pulled pork, we almost always serve it on hamburger buns with our favorite toppings. It makes the absolute perfect sandwich and has the best sweet, tangy and smoky flavor from the homemade BBQ sauce.

    bbq pork sandwich on white plate

    This BBQ pulled pork sandwich is the jack of all trades! It makes a great dinner, lunch, dish to take to a BBQ or to make when entertaining. It makes enough meat to easily serve a crowd, or to have leftovers for your family again the next day.

    The easiest part about this recipe is that the slow cooker (or instant pot) does all the work for you. Just add the meat in with the BBQ sauce and spices and let it work it’s magic. Then all you need to do at dinner time is shred and serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

    We love serving our sandwiches with potato chips or a side of creamy baked macaroni and cheese. If we have any leftover meat, we’ll use it to make a pulled pork quesadilla or BBQ nachos the next day. There are so many ways to customize this meal to make it your own!

    bbq pulled pork in crock pot

    Tips for making the best BBQ pork sandwich

    • Type of pork. The best type to use is a boneless pork loin or shoulder. Both are a bit fattier, which makes them perfect for slow cooking or pressure cooking. The meat gets super tender and will basically fall apart when shredding.
    • Liquid smoke. You don’t have to add this, although I highly recommend it. It adds the same smoky flavor that you would get from wood smoking the meat on the oven or grill, but without the work!
    • Keep lid on. As tempting as it is, don’t remove the lid to peak inside. The lid should stay covered for the full 10 hours so that the steam doesn’t escape and keeps it super tender.
    • Let sit. After shredding the meat, add the pork back into the pot with the sauce. Mix it together and let it sit in the sauce for about 15 minutes. The meat will be more flavorful this way.
    • Toast your bun. I always like to toast my hamburger bun before assembling my sandwich. Toasting the bread keeps it from getting soggy from the sauce. You can even spread a little garlic butter on your bun before toasting for extra flavor.

    Favorite sandwich toppings

    Add another layer of dimension to your BBQ pork sandwich by piling on any of the delicious toppings below. Add some crunch with fresh cabbage or coleslaw, a bite of acidity with pickles or a sweet flavor with some grilled pineapple.

    BBQ pulled pork in white crock pot

    Sides for pulled pork sandwiches

    The good news is that just about anything can be served alongside these pork sandwiches. Keep it simple with potato chips, or make one of your favorite easy potluck dishes.

    Freezing leftovers

    Any leftover pork will make a great freezer meal on a busy weeknight. Let it cool completely, then transfer to a freezer bag. Make sure to seal all the air out so that the meat stays fresh and doesn’t get freezer burn. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

    Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to enjoy. Then heat in the microwave or skillet until warm. You may need to mix in a splash of water or broth if the sauce seems a little dry. Or feel free to mix in more sauce if you’d like. Then serve with hamburger buns or use it to make a whole new dish like tacos, a salad or even serve over a baked potato.

    BBQ pulled pork sandwich on white plate

    Other easy dinner ideas:

    bbq pork sandwich on white plate

    BBQ Pork Sandwich

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: bbq pork sandwich
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 hours
    Resting Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 498
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Tender shredded pulled pork smothered in tangy BBQ sauce and served on a toasted hamburger bun. This BBQ pork sandwich recipe is an easy, no-fail dinner idea that takes just 5 minutes to prep! 

    Ingredients

    • 3-4 pounds boneless pork loin or shoulder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 - 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke , optional but recommended
    • 8 hamburger buns

    Optional toppings: slaw, pickles, lettuce, sliced cheese

      Instructions

      • Wash pork and then pat dry. 
      • Place in the slow cooker. Pierce pork several times. Add 1/2 cup water. Pour BBQ sauce and liquid smoke over the top. Then sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Cook on low for 10 hours, or until it easily shreds.
        pork and bbq sauce in slow sooker
      • Remove pork and shred with 2 forks. Remove any excess fat.
        pulled pork on wooden cutting board
      • Place back in the pot and let sit in the juices for 15 minutes, or until ready to serve.
        BBQ pulled pork in white crock pot
      • Serve pork warm on a bun. Add desired toppings such as slaw.
        bbq pork sandwich on white plate

      Notes

      Instant pot version: Cut into 4 chunks, pierce with a fork, then place in the instant pot. Add 1 cup water. Pour BBQ sauce and liquid smoke over the top. Then sprinkle salt on top. Place lid on top and set to high pressure. Cook for 60 minutes and then do a natural slow release for 10 minutes. 
      Tip: When cooking pork in the slow cooker, don't take the lid off before 10 hours. You need the steam to make it tender.
      Freezer instructions: Add pork to a zip top freezer bag (make sure all air is removed) and store in freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge overnight when ready to enjoy. 
      Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition information provided below is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on ingredients used.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1511mg | Potassium: 900mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3mg
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