Southern-Style Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches

Southern-Style Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches

My fly-fisherman husband, and co-founder of Firebelly Fly Fishing, recently hosted the very first Orvis Down The Hatch Film Festival here in Switzerland, and kindly asked me to provide food for the 100+ attendees.  We decided on Pulled Pork Sandwiches, which happen to currently be a trend food here! They were a huge hit, I think you will love them.

You can make this in the oven or the slow cooker. Because my slow cooker is on the small side, it was better to make them in the oven. I baked them on low for 7 hours, and they turned out moist and flavorful. Either way you choose to do it will be fine.

This recipe is for South Carolina Style Pulled Pork. Other regions of the U.S. make it slightly differently. I do not claim expertise or authenticity – I just know what I like! The BBQ sauce I use is here. It’s a slightly sweet sauce, with hints of vinegar. The sauce is made separately and then mixed with the shredded meat.

Southern-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

12 hr, 15 Prep Time

7 hrCook Time

19 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1-2 kilos (2.5-5 lbs.) Pork Shoulder
  • Spice Rub:
  • 1/4 cup Paprika
  • 1/8 cup Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon or more Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Coarse Salt
  • 1/4 cup Brown or White Sugar
  • (This will coat up to 10 lbs. Pork Shoulder - mix in a resealable mason jar and sprinkle on the meat to coat)


  1. Season your pork with the spice rub, being sure to rub the spices onto all parts of the meat.
  2. Place the meat in a Ziplock bag or a covered container and marinate in the fridge 8-12 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 150C/300F. (Or use your slow cooker set to low)
  4. Place your pork shoulder in a deep heavy pot with a tight fitting lid, or in a roasting pan tightly covered in foil (if using very thin foil, double wrap it).
  5. Cook your Pork for 6-7 hours. It should shred very easily with a fork.
  6. Let cool for a while, until easy enough to handle.
  7. Shred the meat with two forks, and place into a large bowl.
  8. Cover meat with the BBQ sauce and lightly mix (see recipe for sauce here:, or use store bought sauce of choice)
  9. Pile onto toasted hamburger buns and serve with coleslaw

I hope you enjoy this Pulled Pork recipe, let me know in the comments where you are from, where you are cooking this, and how you liked it!

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  1. This sounds so good! I'll definitely have to try this next time I make it. It is a favorite dinner in our household!
  2. Mouth watering and I am now in Thailand where we have all kind of delicious food everywhere!
  3. Sounds like a fun meal! We had to cut down on the Cayenne for a family meal. I've never done the overnight marinade but maybe give that a shot next time.
  4. They look delicious, my mouth is watering! But the cooking time really scares me :O
    • You don't have to do anything while the meat is cooking, so it's really quite nice! You can make it in the slow cooker too, that way it's just "set it and forget it!"
  5. I just added this to our weekend meal plan :) Can't wait to give it a try.

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