A Pulled Pork Sandwich on a brioche bun is tender, juicy, savory, and slightly sweet. This slow cooker recipe mixes pulled pork and barbecue for a simple and tasty meal.
It’s starting to warm up outside. The sun is brighter, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the animals are coming out to play. You know what that means! More time outdoors, picnics, parties, and barbecues. Now is the perfect time to start showing some of my favorite recipes for spring.
A good pulled pork sandwich is a favorite in our house. Since we live in a condo, we aren’t allowed to have any type of outdoor grilling appliance. That means smoking pork is out of the question, so using a slow cooker is the only option. Luckily, slow cooker recipes are super easy which makes making a simple pulled pork sandwich even better.
*This recipe takes a little bit of prep but is relatively straightforward. After applying the dry rub and making the barbecue sauce, the slow cooker does the rest of the work. Dinner will be ready in a few hours, and you didn’t have to cook all day in a hot kitchen. Some slow cookers are even portable so you can cook the pulled pork and transport it to a picnic or barbecue.
Applying a dry rub will infuse flavor into the pork before it’s cooked. It’s important to let the meat rest for at least 30 minutes after applying the spices. Mix the brown sugar, salt, seasoned salt, chipotle, dry mustard, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground ginger, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, onion powder, and paprika in a medium bowl.
Massage the sugar and spice mixture over the pork, pressing into the meat with your fingers. After the rub is applied, place meat in a large pan or dish and cover with foil. Put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
Make the Barbecue Sauce:
Using a saucepan, heat the tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice, salt, molasses, water, Worsheshire, and liquid smoke over medium heat. Allow the mixture to simmer and cook down until a thick liquid, similar to the consistency of ketchup, remains.
Cook the Pork:
Remove the pork from the refrigerator and place it in the slow cooker. Add the barbecue sauce. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 6 to 8 hours or cook on high for 4 to 5 hours. You’ll know the meat is done when it shreds easily and begins to fall apart.
Make the Brioche Buns:
The best time to the make the brioche buns is the while the pork is cooking. Then you can enjoy freshly baked brioche and tender pulled pork together as a sandwich. It is certainly acceptable to use hamburger buns or sandwich bread for your pulled pork sandwich, but we prefer brioche buns.
Use meat claws to shred the cooked pork into manageable pieces. Place the meat onto buns and serve immediately. Add a side of coleslaw, potato salad, or chips for a complete meal.
- 1-2 pounds of pork butt or shoulder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 Tablespoons of molasses
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
- 2 1/2 cups water
Mix all ingredients for the dry rub in a medium bowl.
Massage mixture into the pork with fingertips.
Place pork in a large pan or baking dish and cover with foil.
Place in refrigerator for at least 30 or overnight.
Combine all barbecue ingredients in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium heat.
Stir to combine.
Bring mixture to a simmer and allow to cook for about 30 minutes.
The mixture will become thicker similar to ketchup.
Remove from heat.
Add the pork and barbecue sauce to the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
Meat will be done when it shreds and falls apart easily.
Remove from slow cooker and shred the pork.
Place the pork on brioche or hamburger buns and serve immediately.
*Calories are determined for pork only and do not include a bun.