Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

March 23, 2012

You know me. I’m all about simple weeknight meals. In fact, I think everyone I talk to is looking for more easy meals that don’t require a bunch of ingredients or a lot of time. This is especially true when it comes to meat. Being a vegetarian, most of my meals are quick to prepare. Roasted veggies, sauteed tofu, loaded up salads – they’re all quick and easy. So it’s probably no surprise that I have less patience when cooking meat for the hubs on weeknights.

Before we got married, I had never cooked with a slow cooker. After seven months of being married, I’m not sure I could give mine up. Singe Joe is happy to eat meals that are much heartier than my preferred fare, the slow cooker is my savior. It cooks meat to absolute tenderness and does everything for me while I am away at work.

This ‘pulled pork’ (I’m using the term loosely for the barbecue purists out there) was a big hit tonight. Yes, it uses bottled barbecue sauce, ketchup and a tenderized pork loin. But it’s also practically ready to eat the minute you walk in the door. All you have to do is mix together the ingredients for the sauce and shred the pork. It’s really that easy.

And what did I have for dinner you might ask? Greek yogurt, Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal, peanut butter and mixed berries, of course. šŸ™‚

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
*1 Hormel Always Tender Pork Loin (27 ounces)
*1 cup beef broth
*3 cups water
*Salt and black pepper
*1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
*1/2 cup ketchup
*1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
*1 tablespoon brown sugar
*Hamburger buns or kaiser rolls

*In a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker, combine the pork loin, broth and water. Set the slow cooker on low. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 hours, until the loin shreds easily when pierced easily with a fork.
*Remove the loin from the slow cooker. Discard the liquid. Place the loin in a large bowl and shred with two forks. Add in the barbecue sauce, ketchup, white wine vinegar and brown sugar and stir into the meat until evenly combined. Transfer shredded pork to buns and serve immediately. Store unused pork in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Happy Cooking!


  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 23, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I love pulled pork! I don’t have a slow cooker though šŸ™ I’m always sad when I see these great recipes.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry March 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Liz, I found my slow cooker at Target and it was pretty reasonably priced. I think around $25.00. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles that other slow cookers do, but it gets the job done!

  • Reply DessertForTwo March 23, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Hehe! I love reading about what you eat vs what you feed Joe. We have a similar situation in our house. Fortunately, Mr. DFT is ok with mostly vegetarian meals.

    psst! Small typo: it says ‘sinGe Joe’ instead of Since. Sorry to be annoying :/

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Slow cookers are a serious savior sometimes. I cam see why Joe would love this!

  • Reply Amy March 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I always think pulled pork looks good but assume it’s hard to make. This recipe sounds nice and easy and I’m sure we’ll give it a try soon! The slow cooker is an absolute godsend and I find lots of recipes on Pinterest for it. Vegetarian ones too!

  • Reply Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I would eat greek yogurt + cereal for dinner every night if I could, it sound like we have a similar male/female meal discrepancy in our house šŸ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry March 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Good to know I’m not the only one who can enjoy yogurt and cereal for dinner. Joe thinks it’s crazy!

  • Reply Michelle March 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This looks great! I am now eating vegetarian, and am always on the hunt for easy to make dinners that are not salads, etc. I found a great vegetarian slow cooker cookbook called, The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker. You should check it out, it’s great!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry March 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Michelle – I had no idea there was a slow cooker book dedicated to vegetarian recipes. Thanks for the heads up! I could most certainly use it in my kitchen.

  • Reply Caley March 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    We loved Pulled Pork! We add 1 Liter of Pepsi and a whole bottle of honey bbq sauce to ours and let it cook all day! Super easy and delicious after a long day!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry March 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      What a fun recipe! What type of pork/roast do you use? I would love to give that recipe a try!

      • Reply Kaiya Knox September 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Hi! I just got my very first slow cooker and would love to try this recipe (both the original posted recipe and the Pepsi tip Caley posted), but I have a question. How do you go about choosing the pork loin?

        • Reply MadisonMayberry September 11, 2013 at 1:15 am

          Hi Kaiya –

          I usually ask my butcher for a piece of meat with a lot of marbeling (aka fat) which will make the final product super juicy since the fat helps to keep things tender and moist. Hope you enjoy the recipe!


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