Slow-Cooker Barbecue Pork Sandwiches With Crunchy Coleslaw
Serves 6| Hands-On Time: | Total Time:
- 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or butt, trimmed of excess fat
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 4 cups coleslaw mix (2/3 of a 14-ounce package)
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 6 soft sandwich rolls, split
- bread-and-butter pickles and potato chips, for serving
- Place the pork in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Rub with the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add ½ cup of the vinegar and ½ cup water.
- Cook, covered, until the meat is tender and shreds easily, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours (the low setting will make total cooking time 8 hours, 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the coleslaw mix and toss to combine; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Before serving, transfer the pork to a bowl, discarding the liquid. Using 2 forks, shred the meat. Mix in the barbecue sauce. Serve the pork on the rolls with the coleslaw and the pickles and chips, if desired.
Mild and tender, pork loin and tenderloin work well with many cooking methods―roasting, pan-searing, grilling, sautéing. Tougher (and less expensive) cuts, like shoulder and butt, are best suited to slow cooking and braising.