Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Sandwiches With Crunchy Coleslaw


The sweet, tangy, spicy pork in these barbecue sandwiches pairs perfectly with the crisp, creamy slaw. And they are so easy to make in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Sandwiches With Crunchy Coleslaw
Photo: Romulo Yanes
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
6 serves


  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or butt, trimmed of excess fat

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • ½ 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

38g Fat
65g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 1435mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 41g
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 5mg 28%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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