Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This week Chris and I are off on a mini road-trip down the coast with stops in Palo Alto, SLO, West Hollywood, San Clemente, San Diego, and Palm Springs. The furthest distance we’ve driven so far was to Anaheim last fall to visit Disneyland. On that trip we stopped in Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and Huntington Beach. I’m excited we’re visiting new cities this time! Today we walked by a BBQ place in SLO that reminded me of the delicious pulled pork Chris and I made just before we left.  I love pulled pork sandwiches though have never bothered to make them.

I am kicking myself for not trying earlier! Pulled pork is so easy to make. Especially when you’re making it in your slow cooker.

The slow cooker is a miracle worker. We hardly lifted a finger and out came tender and juicy pork. There’s minimal prep work involved for this recipe. Just throw all your ingredients in the slow cooker and “set it and forget it.”  Eight hours later – the pork is done! The first night we bought ACME burger buns and made a spicy slaw out of carrots and jicama to go with the pulled pork.

The next day, I used the leftover pork in my grilled cheese sandwich and it was one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever. The tangy sauce complemented the sharp cheddar cheese really well. And the addition of bread and butter pickles gave the sandwich a nice crunch against the crispy buttered toast. You must try it – it’s what pulled pork sandwich dreams are made of!

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
Recipe slightly adapted from Verses from my Kitchen

Pulled Pork

  • 1 pork shoulder (2.5-3 pounds)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp ancho chile powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
Sweet & Spicy Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I used the Trader Joe’s store brand)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of kosher salt and cracked fresh pepper


*Put pork in a slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Pour over the pork, rubbing it in. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
*Meanwhile, make sauce by simmering all of sauce ingredients in a small pot over medium-high heat. Once smooth, remove from heat and cool until ready.
*When done, shred the meat with a fork. Add sauce and mix until well combined.
*Serve with warm buns, and your favorite fixings.


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