Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches are a go to for our family gatherings. Everyone loves this meal, kids and adults, and it feeds a crowd without breaking the bank. And, well…just look at it!
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A close up of Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with coleslaw on wooden board



You can make this flavorful pulled pork in the crock pot or an Instant Pot. The recipe is very simple. I love the convenience of a crock pot but the Instant Pot accomplishes the same result in about an hour. Either way, you are going to love this tender pork! To shred the pork you have two options. Option 1: two forks. Use one fork to hold the meat down and use the other fork to ‘pull’ the pork into shreds. If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer you can simply place meat in the mixer with the ‘flat beater’ attachment and let the machine take care of it in seconds. Both ways work well so don’t sweat it if you don’t have a mixer.


Cooked pork on a wooden platter with two forks for "pulling"


The BBQ Sauce: 

After “pulling” the pork, simply toss with your favorite BBQ sauce. Of course you can use store bought BUT if you’d like to try my homemade Red Wine BBQ Sauce <—Click! You can make the BBQ sauce as far as 2-3 days in advance.

A close up of Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with creamy Irish Coleslaw


The Coleslaw:

When we were in Ireland we ate a lot of coleslaw…it’s everywhere! I had never been a fan before but grew to really love it. In Ireland the coleslaw is creamy and full of flavor, so I asked a few questions and got some hints for making delicious classic coleslaw. Honestly, it’s the perfect topping for these delicious sandwiches!

Coleslaw in a pretty bowl with gold serving spoon on wood table

Put it all together, Perfection!

If you need a delicious side dish, may I suggest my crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with sweet potato fries on parchment paper

The Recipe: Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

You will needsea salt and a good knife (my favorite).

Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Tender pulled pork served on buns with creamy coleslaw. This pork feeds a crowd but don't worry, if you have leftovers reheat in a pan for breakfast with eggs! Be sure to cook the edges till crispy and browned. Or use them in my pulled pork tacos! Cook once, eat twice is my motto!

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq pork, crock pot pork, instant pot potk, pulled pork sandwiches
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
For Pork:
  • 1 large

    yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1-4 pound pork shoulder, also known as pork butt, cut into fist size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon each, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2-2 cups BBQ Sauce (your favorite and how much you use is entirely up to your preference)
  • 6-8 buns (I like Brioche from the bakery)
For Coleslaw:
  • 2/3 head small green cabbage, thinly sliced and then chopped
  • 1/4 head small purple cabbage, thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated finely
  • 1 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup good quality Mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste
For Pork in Crock Pot:
  1. Place onions, garlic and broth in crock pot. Generously season pork shoulder with sea salt and pepper. Set pork on top of onions and set crock pot on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours. I prefer low for 10, it comes out a bit more tender. When pork is done, remove from crock pot and set on a large cutting board. Discard liquid and onions. If pork has a bone, remove it. Use two forks to shred meat, place back in crock pot. Heat BBQ sauce and add to pork, stir till well mixed. Serve!

For Pork In Instant Pot
  1. Place onions, garlic and broth in inner lining of Instant Pot. Generously season pork shoulder with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set pork on top of onions Close lid and make sure release valve is sealed. Press 'meat' option and set to 35 minutes. When meat is done, allow to rest in THE INSTANT POT for 15 minutes on low, carefully release valve with oven mitt or wooden spoon to release pressure. Heat bbq sauce while you shred pork. TO Shred Meat: REMOVE meat from pot, discard liquid and onions. Place meat on large cutting board, use two forks to shred pork, discarding fat along the way. Place meat back in Instant Pot. Mix with heated bbq sauce and serve.

When meat is almost finished, prepare Cole Slaw:
  1. Prepare veggies as directed and toss in a bowl.

  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients, drizzle over cabbage and carrots, toss. Season with sea salt and pepper if needed.


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