Crock-Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I hate making the same things over and over for dinner, I like changing things up.  But sometimes it’s difficult to do during the week since I am at work all day.  Yesterday, I took advantage of the fact that the man was home all day due to being on holidays.  So technically, you can say he made dinner, but in reality, the crockpot did all the work, but we can give him some credit!  Make sure you give yourself enough time, since it will be sitting in the crockpot for up to 7 hours.


1 4½ – 6lbs Pork Shoulder (bone in or out) or Pork Butt

A Good Dry Rub

1 Red Onion, sliced

1 Beer

Pulled Pork Sauce

Fresh Sandwich Buns

Coleslaw (Optional)


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


I used a 5½ lbs bone in pork shoulder.  The night before, I removed the skin from the shoulder, leaving a little bit of the fat on for some flavour.   I used my own dry rub, and as much as I would love to share it with you guys, I really don’t remember what I put in it, and how much of each.  It was a concoction of chilli powder, cumin, brown sugar, garlic salt, cinnamon, thyme, and paprika… I really just took a bunch of spices from my pantry.  I’ve included a dry rub that I have used in the past for my ribs, it’s pretty good.  Rub the dry rub all over the pork, wrap it in Saran Wrap, and place in the fridge overnight.

The next day, calculate around what time you want to eat.  We normally eat at 7:00 – 7:30 pm.  The pork will need about 6 hours in the crock pot, plus the shredding and the cooking time with the sauce. Therefore in my instructions to my favourite sous-chef, I instructed him to start at 11:00 am.

Add the onions to the bottom of the crock pot, place the unwrapped pork on top of the onions, and pour the beer around the meat to prevent removing the rub.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.  That’s it.. go about your day.

Once the 6 hours are done, remove the pork and start to shred the meat using 2 forks or your fingers, pulling away from each other.  I’ve included a video below with instructions how to pull pork.

Drain most of the juices from the crock pot, trying to keep as many onions still in the pot.  Add your pork and pour in your pulled pork sauce.  You can find many different recipes, but I love using the President’s Choice Pulled Pork Cooking Sauce.  You can make it as saucy as you like.  I always add a bit of water, but that’s my own preference.  Let it cook on low for about 1 hour.

When you’re ready to eat, toast your buns, make your coleslaw (if you choose to make some).  I LOVE the Sweet Kale Salad Mix you can get at Loblaw’s or Costco.  It’s a slaw with 7 super foods – kale, broccoli, green cabbage, Brussel sprouts, pumpkin seeds, chicory and cranberries with a nice poppy seed dressing.  Everything is chopped up, I used it as my slaw!

Scoop the pulled pork onto your toasted bun, top with slaw, and ENJOY!  Careful, this is a messy dinner, make sure you have lots of napkins.

How to Pull Pork

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