Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches are the perfect, easy and family-friendly recipe to make for dinner tonight!
Carolina pulled pork sandwiches are characterized by having a thin, spicy, vinegar-based sauce for the pork. This recipe is made in the slow cooker, so it’s very easy to make. And the sauce combined with the pulled pork and a simple coleslaw makes for a great sandwich!
How to make Carolina Pulled Pork:
You’ll begin with a boneless pork shoulder roast. It’s rubbed with seasoned salt and paprika and then seared on all sides in oil until nicely browned. I like to use a cast-iron skillet for this (rather than a nonstick skillet). You can use any kind of seasoned salt like Lawry’s or any other brand. Then you’ll place the seared pork roast in the insert of your slow cooker.
The sauce is cooked on the stove. First, onion is sautéed and then combined with vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and spicy brown mustard. The sauce is poured over the pork roast, and the slow cooker is set for 8 hours on low.
The pork has many hours to cook with that good sauce. After the cooking time is over, the pork roast is removed to a cutting board and shredded using two forks.
Then the shredded pork is transferred back to the sauce in the slow cooker so all of the shreds can soak up the sauce. Now the pork is ready for assembling your Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
For the coleslaw, you’ll just buy a bag of shredded coleslaw mix and combine it with mayo, cider vinegar, sugar, celery salt and pepper. The coleslaw is going to be added the sandwich too (unless you’d prefer to eat it on the side).
Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches:
Pile the pork on a sandwich bun. Most kids will want to eat it this way.
Or add coleslaw (a simple variety that is included in the recipe below) to make it a complete sandwich. That’s how you eat a good Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich. Try to introduce that to your kids, if they’re willing. If not, then only the adults get to have it this way. Enjoy!
Here are a few more sandwich recipes you might like to try:
- Ham and Swiss Stromboli
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Tex Mex Shredded Beef Sandwiches
- Ultimate Club Sandwiches
- Chicken Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- 3½ pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (skin removed and trimmed)
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 8 sandwich buns
- 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 16 ounces bagged shredded cole slaw mix
PREPARE THE PORK:
- Rub the pork all over with seasoned salt and paprika. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the pork on all sides, about 12 minutes.
PREPARE THE SAUCE:
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-heat. Add the onion and cook 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
- Transfer the pork to your slow cooker and pour the sauce on top. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery salt and pepper. Stir in the coleslaw mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Remove the pork from the slow cooker, place it on a cutting board. Meanwhile, stir in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the sauce in the slow cooker, put the lid on and turn the heat to high. Let it heat for about 15 minutes. With 2 forks (or with clean hands), shred the meat, discarding any fat or bones. Add the shredded meat back to the sauce in the slow cooker. Divide the meat evenly among the sandwich buns, topping with cole slaw, if desired.
- *Tip on browning- use a cast iron skillet or a metal pan if you can (vs. a nonstick skillet). You'll get a nice sear all the way around your roast, sealing in the juices. Using a nonstick skillet, you won't get that nice brown sear.
- *If you serve this pulled pork on slider buns instead of sandwich buns, you should get about 16 sliders out of the recipe.