PERFECT SLOW COOKER BBQ PULLED PORK

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches | An easy summer meal to feed a crowd!
Oh, friends! I’m back from Peru and it is finally BBQ season! Meaning, my life has purpose once again because 1) sun! 2) watermelon! 3) no ovens! Obviously, my excitement for summer can only be expressed with exclamation points. Please don’t judge.

Because BBQ season means Pure Unadulterated Joy for me, I am ridiculously pumped to be part of Persia Lou and Paper and Fox’s  Perfect BBQ Blog Hop. I’m sharing our favorite Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, which we love so profoundly that they have become permanent members of our summer dinner rotation.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches | An easy summer meal to feed a crowd!
These sandwiches are kind of miraculous: they feed a small army, require about 15 minutes of your time, and simmer all day long in a slow cooker so you can go about being awesome.  Win, win, win.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches | An easy summer meal to feed a crowd!
Okay, to be honest this pulled pork isn’t as easy as squirting a bottle of BBQ sauce into your slow cooker (which we do on the regular as well), but I have to say that making dry rub for pork takes things to the next level. And it doesn’t take that much time to stir some spices together. PS: If you haven’t used dry rub on meat before, you will become a convert. It is just, like, everything good in the world.
Top your perfectly cooked pulled pork with homemade BBQ Sauce and slaw and you have a sandwich that is equal parts Awesome and True Love.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches | An easy summer meal to feed a crowd!
If you want, serve your sandwiches with corn and watermelon. And I vigorously urge you to include a side of these beautiful Bistro fries. But, like the tease that I am, you’ll have to come back next week to see what all the fuss is about. I will tell you that they are Warren’s piece de resistance in fry form. And we made them three days in a row. Which I refuse to apologize for.Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches | An easy summer meal to feed a crowd!

If the BBQ bug has bitten you (like it has me), you will love these ideas to throw your very own Perfect BBQ. Click on the links below to check out these ten fabulous projects!

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PERFECT BBQ PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
Serves 8 with leftovers
For the Dry Rub and Pork
Adapted from Kelsey Nixon and Not Without Salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3-5 lbs. boneless pork shoulder
  • 8 King’s Hawaiian burger buns
Mix all the spices in a bowl (do not add the mustard). Set aside 1/8 cup of the dry rub for the BBQ sauce (recipe below). Rub the pork shoulder with the mustard. This is obviously my least favorite part of the whole thing but the mustard gives the spices something to stick to and adds a depth of flavor that can’t be missed. Rub the dry rub over mustard. Make sure to cover every bit of that pork.
Cover the pork and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours). If you are really impatient, you can pop it in the slow cooker right away, but the longer the dry rub/mustard sits on the pork, the tastier the meat will be.
When you are ready to cook the pork, spray the inside of the slow cooker and add the seasoned pork. Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours. The pork should shred easily with two forks when it is done. Mix in half of the BBQ sauce (recipe below).
Heap shredded pork into the buns and top with BBQ sauce and Red Cabbage Slaw (recipes below).
For the BBQ Sauce
Adapted from Not Without Salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar (use less if you don’t like sweet sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup dry rub (recipe above)
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Mix half of the sauce with the pulled pork before serving and use the other half to top sandwiches.
For the Red Cabbage Slaw
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage, sliced thinly (or shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more sugar if it is too acidic or more vinegar if it is too sweet.

If you need more easy and tasty BBQ recipes, check out some of our other faves below:

Roasted Potato Salad

 

Roasted Potato Salad via Club Narwhal
 
Oven Baked Short Ribs with Dry Rub via Club Narwhal
 
 
 
Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs via Club Narwhal

 

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