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Crock Pot or Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
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.