BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Enjoy a quick, easy and delicious meal done in your crock pot with BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Shredded BBQ Pork

If you are like me, there is usually a little holiday cooking burnout the week following a major holiday.  If you are lucky enough to have leftover ham in the refrigerator you may want to fix some fried rice for dinner – that’s our favorite way to use it.

If you don’t have leftovers but are looking for an easy, no fuss dinner today’s recipe is just for you.

It only involves a few ingredients and it is done in the crock pot – how’s that for easy!    Put  BBQ Pork Sandwiches on the menu this week.

Look for an inexpensive cut of pork – I use a pork roast, pork shoulder or pork carnitas.  What ever is the cheapest that week.  After all that holiday food shopping your budget could probably use a bit of a rest this week too.

Just pop that piece of meat (I used 4 lbs.) into the crock pot with a little seasoning of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion salt and dry mustard and 2 1/2 C of root beer.  Let it cook on low for about 5- 6 hours or so or until it pulls apart nicely.

Drain off the liquid and shred the meat.  Pour BBQ sauce over the meat and then return to the crockpot and allow to cook for about one more hour.

Serve it up on a bun and top it with a little more BBQ sauce.

One thing I don’t like about BBQ sandwiches is they can get a little soggy thus making them hard to eat.  To help prevent this I like to toast my buns.  I give them a nice little coat of butter.

And then place them buttered side down into a frying pan until they turn golden brown.

Now they are ready for some BBQ pork!

There you have it, a quick, easy and inexpensive dinner.

BBQ Pork Sandwiches
  • 4 lb. pork shoulder, pork roast or pork carnitas
  • 2½ C root beer
  • 1 bottle (18 oz.) barbeque sauce. I like Sweet Baby Rays.
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard
  1. Sprinkle pork with above spices.
  2. Place in crock pot and pour in root beer.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until pork pulls apart easily.
  4. Drain liquid from crockpot.
  5. Shred pork
  6. Cover with bbq sauce and mix to coat. (reserve a little sauce to add on top when serving)
  7. Allow to cook for another hour in crockpot.
  8. To serve, toast hamburger buns by buttering them and placing them face down in a frying pan until they are golden brown.
  9. Place pork onto bun and top with some additional bbq sauce
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I had shredded pork on the brain already, and this just clinched it – this’ll be on the menu tomorrow. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of toasting and buttering the buns! Genius! We also like our shredded pork sandwiches with cheese, so I usually put the slice of cheese on the bottom to minimize the sog factor.

    • says

      Love the idea of adding cheese – what kind do you use? I like to toast the buns for hamburgers too. Just adds extra flavor as well as helping to prevent the bun for getting soggy so fast.

      • says

        Tillamook cheddar :). The all purpose staple in our house. We always have at least a half dozen different cheeses on hand, but that’s my go-to. Putting this in the pot right now for tonight!

  2. says

    Looks terrific! I know this sounds like a silly question but…I don’t like root beer…is the flavor of root beer dominant? You know how sometimes an ingredient is used but you cannot taste it? Would you recommend another soda-Coke or Dr. Pepper or have you tried it that way? Thanks Leigh Anne! Can’t wait to try it!

    • says

      You don’t taste the root beer at all. I am sure you could probably use Dr. Pepper or Coke. It doesn’t leave any flavor behind though – at least that I could tell.

  3. Jennifer says

    It was a success! My parents were in town last weekend and I made this recipe and we all ate it for lunch. Let’s just say everyone couldn’t stop eating more and more and more! Thanks again for the great and easy recipe! Keep them coming!

  4. Erin says

    Hi Leigh Anne!

    Thinking about serving this for a missionary luncheon next month. About how many sandwiches do you get out of 4# pork? This looks like it may be just what I’m looking for!


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