Delicious Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious and flavorful recipe to satisfy your craving for southern-style cuisine? Look no further than my Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe. With a perfect combination of tangy and sweet flavors, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorites.

As a chef specializing in southern-style cuisine, I understand the importance of using high-quality ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes. That’s why I’ve carefully selected each ingredient for this recipe, including Worcestershire sauce, dark brown sugar, cider vinegar, tomato juice, garlic, onion, boneless pork shoulder, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano, and mustard powder. These ingredients come together to create a flavor profile that represents the best of southern cooking.

One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make using a slow cooker or crock pot. Simply throw all the ingredients in and let them cook on low heat for several hours. As the meat cooks, it will become tender and exceptionally flavorful, pulling apart easily to create delicious pulled pork that can be used in a variety of ways.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, looking for an easy family dinner option or searching for the perfect tailgate meal for game day, my Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe is sure to impress. So fire up your slow cooker and get ready to dig in!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Are you looking for a recipe that’s full of flavor and reminds you of the warmth of Southern hospitality? Look no further than this Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe. This recipe is a real crowd-pleaser and will leave even the most discerning eaters asking for seconds.

What makes this recipe so special is the mix of ingredients used to create the barbecue flavor. Our secret sauce includes Worcestershire sauce, dark brown sugar, cider vinegar, tomato juice, garlic, onion, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano, and mustard powder. The combination of sweet and spicy flavors create an explosion of taste in your mouth.

What sets this recipe apart from others is the use of boneless pork shoulder or pork butt. When slow-cooked in a crock pot or slow cooker, the meat becomes tender and easy to pull apart with a fork. The meat pulls apart so easily that it’s often referred to as “pulled pork”. This method ensures that every bite is juicy and delicious.

This pulled pork recipe can be tailored to fit your preferred level of spice by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes. You can also make this recipe your own by trying out different variations such as substituting apple cider vinegar for regular cider vinegar or using a sugar-free BBQ sauce instead of our homemade sauce.

Trust us when we say that once you’ve tried this Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe, it’ll quickly become a staple in your home.

Ingredient List

 Nothing says southern BBQ like a heaping pulled pork sandwich!
Nothing says southern BBQ like a heaping pulled pork sandwich!

Here are the ingredients that you will need for this Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe:

  • 4-6 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Barbecue Sauce: You can use your preferred brand or make your own barbecue sauce with this recipe.

Note: If you want a Sugar Free or Original Barbecue Sauce flavor, substitute the homemade BBQ sauce with your preferred brand.

The combination of these ingredients creates a mouth-watering Southern Style pulled pork. Some of the key flavors that stand out here are the tangy cider vinegar, sweet dark brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce that works perfectly with the tender pork slowly cooked in the slow cooker. Make sure to prepare these ingredients beforehand so that you’ll have a seamless cooking experience.

The Recipe How-To

 This sandwich is the ultimate crowd-pleaser at any summer cookout.
This sandwich is the ultimate crowd-pleaser at any summer cookout.

Let’s get to the meat of things – the recipe how-to. Follow these steps to make succulent, melt-in-your-mouth southern-style pulled pork that will make your taste buds dance.


  • 4-6 pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice

Special tool:

  • A slow cooker or crockpot


  1. Begin by mixing salt, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, oregano, mustard powder, onion and garlic using a bowl.
  2. Rub the blend onto the meat.
  3. Pour Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar over the meat.
  4. Now pour the tomato juice into the slow cooker.
  5. Add the rubbed meat to the slow cooker.
  6. Cook until tender for about 8 hours on Low setting.
  7. Take out the meat from the slow cooker after it is well done and allow it to rest for a few minutes.
  8. Shred pork using two forks and discard any fat left over.
  9. Mix in sauce to your preference of thickness and flavor.

There you have it – delicious southern style pulled pork from scratch!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to sink your teeth into juicy pulled pork, smothered in homemade BBQ sauce.
Get ready to sink your teeth into juicy pulled pork, smothered in homemade BBQ sauce.

Ah, the beauty of cooking is that it allows you to experiment and make things your own. Here are a few substitutions and variations to try out with this southern style barbecued pulled pork sandwiches recipe.

First off, let’s talk about the kind of meat used. While the recipe calls for boneless pork shoulder, you can also use Boston butt or brisket. Each cut will result in a slightly different texture and flavor, so take your pick depending on your preference.

Next up, let’s talk about the sauce. The recipe calls for a homemade barbecue sauce, which is delicious in its own right. But if you’re short on time or ingredients, feel free to use a store-bought sauce instead. Some good options include Original Barbecue Sauce or Sugar Free BBQ Sauce.

If you’re looking to make this dish a bit healthier, substitute the dark brown sugar with light brown sugar or another natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

For those who lean towards spice, add more red pepper flakes to give it an extra kick. Conversely, if heat isn’t your thing at all, simply omit the red pepper flakes altogether.

One last variation worth trying is the pork burger twist. Instead of serving the pork as pulled pork sandwiches, form it into patties and grill them up as pork burgers. Top with some coleslaw and pickles for extra crunch.

The possibilities are endless with this southern style barbecued pulled pork sandwiches recipe. Get creative and have fun making it your very own!

Serving and Pairing

 One bite of this sandwich will transport you straight to the heart of the South.
One bite of this sandwich will transport you straight to the heart of the South.

When it comes to serving and pairing your Southern-style barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, the possibilities are endless. This savory delight is best enjoyed with classic BBQ staples such as baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn on the cob.

To really bring out the flavor of the pork, I recommend serving it up on a fresh slice of soft bread or brioche bun. Add some tangy, sweet barbecue sauce to bring all the flavors together. I like using my homemade barbecue sauce which consists of Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, cider vinegar, garlic, and onion.

For a healthier option, try pairing your pulled pork sandwich with a side salad, roasted vegetables or grilled asparagus. These light yet flavorful accompaniments will balance out the richness of smoked pork and add some crunch to your meal.

Pulled pork sandwiches are a great summer dish for outdoor gatherings and barbecues. You can serve them with refreshing drinks like lemonade or iced tea. For those who prefer an alcoholic beverage, I recommend a cold beer or refreshing cider that can counterbalance the intense flavor of the meat.

In conclusion, this Southern-style barbecued pulled pork sandwich recipe is versatile and can be served with different sides and pairings. Whether you want to indulge in a classic BBQ feast or opt for a lighter meal this dish will not disappoint!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This recipe is the perfect balance of smoky, savory, and sweet.
This recipe is the perfect balance of smoky, savory, and sweet.

When it comes to the Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches, I know you’re going to want to make a big batch of it, especially if you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed. Luckily, this recipe is very easy to make ahead of time and store for later consumption without losing any of its juiciness or flavor.

Once the pulled pork has fully cooked and cooled, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. If you want to keep it longer, then just stick it in your freezer for up to six months. When reheating it from the fridge, simply place it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it up until it’s warmed through.

If you decide to freeze the pulled pork instead, then just transfer it from the freezer into the refrigerator the day before you plan on serving it. When ready for consumption, either reheat on the stove or microwave using low heat so that the meat doesn’t dry out or overcook.

One tip I recommend when reheating is adding some extra sauce to keep everything nice and moist. Another way to reinvent your leftover pulled pork is by mixing it with some slaw and crispy onions for an excellent sandwich or topping for your beloved taco shells.

All in all, this recipe guarantees that you won’t have any leftovers because everyone will be coming back for seconds!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't be shy with the BBQ sauce - the messier the sandwich, the better it tastes!
Don’t be shy with the BBQ sauce – the messier the sandwich, the better it tastes!

To achieve the best result when making these southern-style barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind. The following advice will help you create a mouthwatering meal that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes.

1. Season Well

Seasoning is key in any dish, but even more so in barbecue. Be sure to season your boneless pork shoulder well with salt, red pepper flakes, oregano and mustard powder before cooking it in the slow cooker.

2. Use Good Quality Ingredients

To truly elevate the dish, ensure that you use only high-quality ingredients. Choose a boneless pork shoulder from a trusted source and opt for fresh garlic and onion rather than pre-packaged varieties. Use good quality Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, tomato juice, and brown sugar for maximum flavor.

3. Mind Your Cooking Times

Low and slow is the way to go when it comes to cooking pulled pork. Follow the cooking times recommended in the recipe to ensure that your meat is cooked all the way through but still tender and moist.

4. Don’t Overcook Your Meat

One of the cardinal sins of barbecue is overcooking your meat until it’s dry and tough. Keep an eye on your pork as it cooks and remove it from heat once it reaches an internal temperature of 200-205°F.

5. Shred Correctly

Once your pork has cooled enough, make sure to shred it with two forks or a hand mixer, ensuring that all pieces are evenly sized for consistent texture and appearance.

6. Let Your Meat Rest

Similar to any meat cooking procedure, allow your southern-style pulled pork shoulder rest for around 10-20 minutes before serving for the ultimate juicy results.

By following these tips, you’ll have a batch of delicious southern-style barbecued pulled pork sandwiches that would rival even the best pitmaster’s creations in the Carolinas.


A frequent question that readers may have about this Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe involves substitutions or variations they can make due to dietary restrictions. Other readers may wonder why certain ingredients are necessary or how long the recipe will take to cook. In this section, I will address some of these common questions and provide tips to help you achieve the best results with this recipe. So, let’s get started with our FAQ section!

What can you put on a BBQ pulled pork sandwich?

For this recipe article, I’ll be sharing my southern-style take on some classic dishes. You’ll learn how to make a delicious coleslaw, perfect onion rings that are fried to crispy goodness, savory bacon, sweet and caramelized onions, and tangy pickled vegetables, including peppers and jalapenos. Get ready to take your taste buds on a trip through the South!

What is the best liquid to cook pulled pork in?

When it comes to preparing succulent pulled pork in a slow cooker, the ideal liquid to use is chicken broth or beef broth. Although water is also an option, it pales in comparison to using broth as it greatly enhances the meat’s flavor.

What is the best barbecue sauce for pulled pork sandwiches?

In this recipe article, I will provide detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations for making a delicious southern-style barbecue using a variety of award-winning sauces and rubs. These include Blues Hog Original BBQ Sauce, Guys Award Winning Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce, Lillies Q-Smoky BBQ Sauce, Hughes Sugar-Free Original Barbecue Sauce, Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce, Open Pit Original Barbecue Sauce, and Bone Suckin Sauce Original Seasoning & Rub.

What condiments do you put on pulled pork sandwiches?

When it comes to traditional toppings, coleslaw and pickles take the lead, while mango salsa brings a spicy tropical twist. Red gravy is known as the cajun holy trinity, and pimento cheese is a staple in Southern cuisine. Sun-dried tomatoes add an Italian flavor to any dish, and onion rings are a perfect pairing. Finally, kimchi adds a unique twist to the classic coleslaw.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next cookout or gathering. With its tender, juicy pork, delicious barbecue sauce, and perfectly seasoned spices, it’s an undeniable favorite of many. And with the convenience of cooking in a slow cooker or crock pot, it’s easy to prepare ahead of time and keep warm until ready to serve.

So why not try your hand at this flavorful recipe? Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a beginner in the kitchen, this dish is sure to impress. With the flexibility to customize the sauce and seasonings to your liking, as well as various serving and pairing options, there’s plenty of room for personalization and experimentation.

So fire up the grill or plug in that crock pot – it’s time to indulge in some delicious Southern-style pulled pork sandwiches. Trust me, once you take that first bite, you’ll never look back.

Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Southern Style Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 665 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder, about
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns, plain or toasted


  • Preheat oven to 275f.
  • Mix together mustard,oregano,pepper flakes and salt.
  • Rub over meat;set aside.
  • In a small roasting pan,heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic;cook 8 minutes.
  • Add tomato juice,vinegar,sugar and worcestershire.
  • Increase heat to high;cook 10 minutes.
  • Add pork and cover.
  • Place in oven and cook for 3 hours.
  • Uncover and continue cooking,basting from time to time,until meat is tender,11/2 hours more.
  • Remove meat.
  • Over high heat boil sauce,removing fat until thickened.
  • Shred meat and add to sauce.
  • Serve on buns.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 342gCalories: 665kcalCarbohydrates: 40.7gProtein: 33.4gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 12.9gCholesterol: 120.9mgSodium: 1115.8mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 19.3g
Keyword Lunch, Meat, Oven, Pork, Stove Top
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