Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Incredibly easy 3 ingredient pulled pork that is made into pulled pork sandwiches by adding in toasted buns and a fast homemade coleslaw!

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Super easy, 3 ingredients pulled pork is made into some simple yet delicious pulled pork sandwiches by adding in toasted buns and a fast homemade coleslaw! It might just be one of the best ways there is to eat pork!

While you can use any pulled pork, try this Root Beer Pulled Pork recipe, or my Instant Pot pulled pork? And make sure to use the leftovers for some amazing Pulled Pork Nachos!

pulled pork sandwiches on a white plate with potato chips

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork is probably best used to make some incredible sandwiches. Juicy, fatty, and incredibly satisfying, pulled pork makes for a really tasty lunch when placed between two slices of bread.

The trick is to use a really great coleslaw so that each and every bite isn’t just crunchy and delicious from the cabbage, but actually flavorful and filled with sauce as well.                                             

Pulled Pork Sandwiches Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts.

Pulled Pork

• Pork shoulder or pork butt

• Root beer

• Barbeque sauce


• Bagged coleslaw mix

• Mayonnaise

• Yellow mustard

• White vinegar or apple cider vinegar

• White sugar

• Celery seeds

• Salt

• Black pepper

• Hamburger or Kaiser buns split in half

pulled pork sandwiches ingredients

How To Make Pulled Pork Sandwiches

• Place the pork roast in a slow-cooked and pour the root beer over top

• Cook, covered, on low for around 8-10 hours, or until it is fall-apart tender

• Remove the roast and discard the cooking juices

• Shred the pork with two forks and then return to the slow cooker

• Stir in your favorite barbecue sauce

• Cover and heat until heated, about 30 minutes

• Mix all of the coleslaw ingredients together

• Lightly toast the buns and then place on a plate

• Scoop hot pulled pork onto each bottom bun, top with coleslaw and then top with the bun and enjoy

What Kind Of Bread Is Best For These Sandwiches?

These pulled pork sandwiches work amazingly no matter what type of bread you choose to use. However, different breads definitely do have different strengths.

Hamburger buns are a great classic, and their biggest benefit is that they brown up really well when you toast them in a pan or the oven.

You could go for some sourdough hamburger buns as well to really enjoy that slightly tangy flavor profile.

You might also consider some Kaiser buns, also known as a Vienna roll if you were looking for something especially crusty and tough.

Hawaiian rolls are another good substitute, being filled with eggs and having a really soft, delectable texture that just can’t be beaten.

You could also get some submarine rolls and divide them in half, and then serve each half as one sandwich, but that depends on how much work you want to put into it.

close up of a pulled pork sandwich on a white plate

Quick Homemade Coleslaw

Pulled pork sandwiches are absolutely synonymous with a tasty coleslaw, which provides all of the condiments that you could need. Any good coleslaw is filled to the brim with mayo, mustard, and vinegar, so you shouldn’t need anything else.

How to Solve Drier Pulled Pork

If your pulled pork ended up a bit drier than you might have hoped, or you are just the type of person that really prefers a ton of extra sauce, then you could always add more BBQ sauce.

Doubling down on the flavors already present in the sandwich is always going to be your best bet, so more barbeque sauce or mayonnaise will likely taste the best if you want to add flavor to the bun as well!

You could also add in some of your favorite hot sauce in for an extra flavor kick, but just make sure that it goes well with beef.

Looking for more delicious Pork recipes? Try these out:

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Instant Pot Pork Chops

Sweet & Smoky Dry Rub for Ribs




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Incredibly easy 3 ingredient pulled pork that is made into pulled pork sandwiches by adding in toasted buns and a fast homemade coleslaw!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Incredibly easy 3 ingredient pulled pork that is made into pulled pork sandwiches by adding in toasted buns and a fast homemade coleslaw!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Main Course
8 buns
Slow Cooker / Crockpot
Karlynn Johnston


Pulled Pork

  • one 3 lb pork shoulder or pork butt roast strings removed
  • 12 ounces root beer
  • one 18 ounce bottle barbecue sauce your favorite


  • 4 cups bagged coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar or apple cider vinegar more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 hamburger or kaiser buns split in half


  • Place the pork roast in a slow cooker. Pour the root beer over top and cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, around 8-10 hours.
  • Remove the roast and cool slightly.
  • Discard the roast cooking juices.
  • Shred the pork with two forks and then return to the slow cooker.
  • Stir in your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Cover and heat again until heated through, about 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the coleslaw by mixing together the ingredients.
  • Lightly toast the buns, then place on a plate.
  • Take a scoop of the hot pulled pork and place on each bun bottom, top with coleslaw, then place the top of the bun on top.
  • Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can double the coleslaw recipe and make side salads as well! 
  • Make this the day before and reheat. This will last in the fridge for 2-3 days in a sealed container.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 424kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1077mg, Potassium: 693mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 184IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 120mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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