My daughter in law sent me a meme last week…it had a picture of coleslaw and it said “How to eat coleslaw: Throw it away”. While I do think this is hilarious I must say I do not agree. When we were in Ireland we ate a lot of coleslaw…it’s everywhere! And I grew to really love it. In Ireland the coleslaw is creamy and full of flavor…so I asked a few questions…per usual, and got some hints for making delicious classic coleslaw that I will share with you today along with this fantastic recipe for pulled pork sandwiches with BBQ sauce!
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I loved the Irish Coleslaw so much that I was inspired to make my own. To acheive that creamy texture I use mayo and sour cream. The perfect compliment to the savory pork and slightly sweet BBQ sauce.
The Pulled Pork:
You can make my 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 don’t have to stand over a hot stove in the summer time. This recipe is super convenient because you can make the BBQ sauce as far as 2-3 days in advance. The smoky flavor in my sauce comes from liquid smoke. Liquid smoke is exactly what it sounds like. You can usually find it at grocery stores, if not here is a link. (The brand I buy is gluten free, affiliate link)
I serve my pulled pork on Brioche buns from a local bakery. Of course you can serve it over rice, quinoa, or simply serve with vegetables!
The Recipe: Pulled Pork Sammys
Tips and what you will need: I usually start the pork and immediately make the BBQ sauce and store in the fridge till the pork is done, but you can make the sauce 2-3 days in advance. You will need an instant pot or crock pot, sea salt and Wright’s liquid smoke (affiliate link). If you do not consume soy or gluten, substitute soy sauce with liquid aminos (affiliate links). My recipe for broth.
The Recipe: Traditional Creamy Coleslaw
This recipe does contain grainy mustard, if you are living grain free please omit. This recipe is gluten free. You will need sea salt, a good knife (my favorite) and a good quality mayo. I highly recommend making your own!
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!
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)
- 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
onions, garlic and broth in crock pot.
season pork shoulder with sea salt and pepper
pork on top of onions and set crock pot on low for 10 hours or high for 6
hours. I prefer low for 10, its a bit more tender.
pork is done, remove from crock pot and set on a large cutting board.
Discard liquid and onions.
it has a bone, remove it. Use two forks to shred meat, place back in crock
pot. Reheat BBQ sauce and add to pork, stir till well mixed. Serve!
onions, garlic and broth in inner lining of Instant Pot..
season pork shoulder with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder.
pork on top of onions
lid and make sure release valve is sealed.
'meat' option and set to 35 minutes. When meat is done, allow to rest in IP for 15 minutes on low, carefully release
valve with oven mitt or wooden spoon to release pressure.
bbq sauce while you shred pork.
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.
with heated bbq sauce and serve.
Prepare veggies as directed and toss in a bowl.
Whisk together dressing ingredients, drizzle over cabbage and carrots, toss. Season with sea salt and pepper if needed.
MAY I PLEASE ASK A FAVOR?
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What kind of broth did you use in the crockpot with the pork? I couldn’t find that anywhere.
Thnaks for calling that to my attention! I forgot to add the link. It is there now but here it is too:)
This looks really yummy. I enjoy pulled pork and will have to try your recipe with the coleslaw. Thanks for sharing.
We love pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw – your recipes sounds wonderful! Love that you made your own BBQ sauce! Totally trying these. 🙂
Ha! I LOVE Coleslaw but I haven’t found a recipe yet I liked. I am adding both your pulled pork and your Coleslaw to my food menu this week! I cannot wait! I really love making pulled pork and chicken on busy weekday nights and these recipes will give me the ability to make it all from scratch. YUM!
Pulled pork sandwiches are my go to whenever I am eating bbq. Yum!
I’m really curious about the use of pomegranate in your bbq sauce! Sounds like something I’ll have to try next time I make pulled pork. Yum!
I use it often as a substitute for red wine 🙂
We are big fans of coleslaw at our house. My husband is from the South, so he loves pulled pork sandwiches too. We will have to give both recipes a try.
OMG ! This sounds so good! I am obsessed with BBQ!
This is like my FAVORITE MEAL OF ALLLL TIME!!!! Gah. Now I want.
This looks delicious! I love coleslaw and it’s always best when made at home. We put it on everything imaginable…burgers, hot dogs, BBQ. I even just it as a dip for chips sometimes.
You always have the most beautiful posts! I love the color scheme here, and this meal would truly be delicious.
I love the slaw, I can make that for me and for my husband the pulled pork! Easy peasy!
Love it, xoxo
Thank you Krista! That is very sweet of you to say!
I wish I had all the ingredients right now to make that for lunch… looks very good!
If I had all of the ingredients already, I would definitely be making this tonight!! And I love that I can cook the pork in the crockpot. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
I’ll bet the mustard adds such a wonderful flavor to the coleslaw. So many times, coleslaw is so bland. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.
Yes and the fact that it’s served on top of a flavorful pulled pork with BBQ sauce doesn’t hurt either 🙂
Linda you have done it again. Love a great pulled pork and slaw sandwich.
Thank you sweetie!
Ummm….yes. I will be saving this for later. It looks and sounds delicious!!!
YUM, these look SO GOOD!
Pulled pork is my husband’s absolute fave!! I have to try this! Looks amazing!!
These look delicious! I was born in the south so these are kind of a staple around our house:)
Everytime I come to your blog think “man, this gal has her crap together!” Well done, lady. Really great work!
Lolololol. You made my day Heather. Thanks for a good laugh so early in the morning.
I love that you added lemon juice to the slaw. The acidity cuts the heaviness and goes so great with the pork
Looks so good. I can’t wait to try your BBQ sauce. I saw on a comment above that pomegranate juice is a good substitute for red wine. Would you use that in other cooking as well? Like spaghetti sauce?
Sure! I haven’t used it in spaghetti sauce but it works as a sub in almost everything else so I would imagine it would work well. If you do it let me know!
your recipes are what dreams are made of! I love pulled pork and the coleslaw is my favvvv part! Thanks for sharing! Ps your pictures are gorg!
You are so sweet. Thanks!
LOL – I used to feel the same way about coleslaw as that meme! But I definitely like homemade coleslaw better than anything, and my homemade coleslaw is similar to yours except I’ve never added honey. What a great addition! And your BBQ sauce sounds delicious.
Would this work with chicken as well you think?
It would. I am actually working on that 🙂
Wow, such a delcious recipe, I can’t wait to try it! My hubs loves pulled pork anything… thank you for sharing your recipe!
Mmm this sounds so yummy, I love pulled pork! I have never made my own sauce though, going to give it a try!
Those look amazing! I definitely want to make and eat these.
Living in the South, we love some pulled pork. I’ve never tried making my own slaw dressing though. Thanks for sharing.
Oooh can I come for lunch?! Those look amazing!