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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Serve with pickles and potato chips or mashed potatoes
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Servings: 4
Author: Hip Foodie Mom


For the dry rub:

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the pork:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

For the sandwiches:

  • 4 buns
  • lettuce
  • slaw
  • BBQ sauce
  • Serve with pickles and potato chips


For the dry rub:

  • Combine the brown sugar, paprika, mustard powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over the pork, on both sides. Let sit for about 20 minutes if possible.

For the pork:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or heavy bottomed dutch oven; add the pork and cook, turning, until browned on both sides, for about 5 minutes. Remove the pork and place into your slow cooker.
  • Evenly pour in the vinegar, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce and season with more salt and pepper and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board or plate. Using two forks, break apart the pork. Alternatively, you can chop up with a knife if desired. Place back into the slow cooker and let sit in the sauce for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Serve on buns with lettuce, slaw, barbecue sauce and pickles.