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Best Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This recipe for the Best Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches which isn't too barbecue-y. It is more mild with a sweet hint of apples and a late kick of heat.
Categories Easy Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword best pulled pork sandwich, crock pot pulled pork, crock pot pulled pork sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 643 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • optional: 4 tbsp. of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 medium onion divided into eighths
  • 2-3 lbs pork shoulder I used a pork shoulder butt roast, all ties removed
  • 4-6 sandwich buns try these Egg Bread Buns if you'd like


  1. If using crock pot:
  2. Add all the ingredients, starting with the pork, fat-side-up, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Turn the heat to Low. Cook for 6-7 hours, or until pork is tender and easily falls apart with a fork.
  3. If using dutch oven:
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the apple cider, ketchup, brown sugar, optional barbecue sauce and spices and set aside.
  6. Place 1/2 of the sliced onions into the bottom of a 4-6-quart dutch oven. Place the pork shoulder on top the onions. Top the pork shoulder with the remaining onions and then pour sauce over everything. The pork shoulder need not be completely submerged to reach perfect pulled perfection, but you can add a little more apple cider if you'd like at this point.
  7. Cover and place in the oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of your pork shoulder. Begin checking for doneness after about 2 hours. When done, the pork will easily pull apart from itself with a fork. Remove the meat and place onto a flat surface.
  8. Place the dutch oven on the stove (or move contents to a large pan) and heat to boiling to thicken.
  9. Once Pork Is Tender And Cooked:
  10. Pull the pork into shreds using two forks. Take care to remove the pieces of fat. Return the shredded pork to the sauce.
  11. Serve pulled pork piled high on a sandwich bun or just by itself. Top with some coleslaw if you'd like. It's really yummy!
Nutrition Facts
Best Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 643 Calories from Fat 271
% Daily Value*
Fat 30.1g46%
Saturated Fat 9.8g49%
Cholesterol 107.4mg36%
Sodium 799.1mg33%
Carbohydrates 59.8g20%
Fiber 2.3g9%
Sugar 25.8g29%
Protein 32.5g65%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.