Slow Cooker Pulled Pork in a white bowl

This is an amazing recipe for Slow Cooker pulled pork!  The best part is you just pop it into the slow cooker and let it cook all day… and then dinner is ready when you are!!  I literally can pull the pork using a spoon it’s so tender!

I do love that this recipe doesn’t use a traditional sweet store bought barbecue sauce.  The homemade sauce has so much flavor and is really easy to make!  If you’re not familiar with chili sauce, you have to try it.  (It isn’t spicy at all).  I use it in most recipes calling for barbecue sauce and mix the two 50/50 for an incredibly zesty flavor.  It’s also the best meatloaf topping you’ll ever have (mixed 50/50 with ketchup)!

The slaw is best if it’s made a couple of hours ahead of time!  Once this is ready, the pork can be left in the slow cooker on low making it the perfect party food!  This is always a huge hit with the whole family or an easy dish on game day!


Items You’ll Need for This Recipe:

* slow cooker * chili sauce * pork roast * 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches on a platter
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Zesty Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches are so tender, delicious, and coated in a sweet & savory BBQ sauce!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches


  • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast


  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¾ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup chili sauce like Heinz
  • ¼ cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • ¼ cup light molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • cup light mayonnaise or dressing, I use Helmann’s light
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt or regular yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups green cabbage finely shredded
  • 2 cups purple cabbage finely shredded
  • 6-8 rolls



  • Mix together all sauce ingredients.
  • Cut pork in half and sear in a pan on all sides.
  • Place pork in the slow cooker and pour sauce over top.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours or until fork-tender.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker, discard any large pieces of fat.
  • Shred using two forks and return to Crockpot to heat through.


  • Stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, and ⅛ teaspoon salt in a bowl.
  • Pour over cabbage and toss gently.


  • Place slaw on rolls and pile high with pulled pork.



Use packaged coleslaw mix instead of shredded cabbage if desired. 
5 from 14 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 639 | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 1208mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 37.4mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 14.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Entree, Pork, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American

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This recipe has been adapted from Food Made Fast, Slow Cooker!


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  1. I used this recipe with a 5 pound roast. Should I be worried that the sauce won’t be enough? What should I do?

    1. There should be plenty of sauce. :)

      If you wanted extra you could stir in some extra BBQ sauce but I don’t think you’ll need it.

    1. You can skip the celery seed although it does add nice flavor! If you happen to have celery salt on hand you could add a little bit and omit the salt. (You definitely don’t want to add the full 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt).

      1. Thanks! I decided to buy the seeds. I actually have my roast cooking right now! :)

    1. You can certainly leave it out. You may need to add a little bit of extra mayo if you find your slaw is drier than you’d like.

  2. Your Pulled Pork looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. This looks ah-MAZE-ing!!! I just ate dinner, but now I’m hungry from reading this post – haha! :) Thank you for linking up to Works for Me Wednesday!

  4. Oh my goodness, that is one seriously delicious looking sandwich!!! YUM!!!! The pulled pork looks AMAZING!!!! I love all the recipes that your share, and your photography is always just stunning!!! Love visiting your blog! :)

  5. I would love to try this , but the cut of pork I have is a Pork Tenderloin. Does anyone know if this can be prepared this way with this cut? I’m unsure about the shredding.

    1. I have made this with pork tenderloin before. If you do make it with tenderloin, keep in mind that pork tenderloin is very lean so the end result, although delicious, will not be as moist.