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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Make the best ever and easiest Pulled Pork Sandwich with leftover pulled pork, your favorite BBQ sauce and a tangy slaw.

If you are looking for a way to use up leftover pulled pork that you’ve got in the fridge and you’re short on time look no further than this BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich.  

Side angle photo of BBQ Pulled pork sandwich on a white plate.

It’s loaded with succulent pulled pork, tangy BBQ sauce and a creamy slaw on top. Sure, it’s messy but sometimes that is just part of the fun. Right?!

What ingredients do you need?

PULLED PORK: I always use my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork or my Instant Pot Kalua Pork for this recipe.  It can be leftover or you can make it the day of (or you can even buy it). Depending on how many sandwiches you’re making you’ll need about 3 cups. 

Overhead photo of pulled pork on a white background with a bowl of BBQ sauce.

BBQ SAUCE: Sweet n’ spicy. Tangy. Whatever you like, just pick your fave! 

Drizzling BBQ sauce on pulled pork sandwich.

SESAME BURGER BUNS: Get the larger burger buns so you can fit more pork and slaw. 

CABBAGE: I use a combination of red and green cabbage. Just slice it thin. 

Sliced red and green cabbage and carrots on a wooden cutting board.

CARROTS: You can grate a carrot yourself or buy grated carrots 

MAYO/VINEGAR/SEASONINGS: To make the dressing you’ll need mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, paprika and sugar. It’ll make the perfect creamy, sweet n’ tangy coleslaw. 

A spoonful of coleslaw.

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

STEP #1: Make the coleslaw first by whisking together dressing ingredients. Pour it over the cabbage and carrots and toss to coat completely. 

Whisking dressing ingredients together in a clear glass bowl.

DES’ TIP:  Prepare the coleslaw about 1 hour in advance so it has time to chill and the flavors have a chance to mingle. 

STEP #2:  Put the pulled pork in a baking dish and pour the BBQ sauce over the top. Mix well. Cover and bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. 

Pouring BBQ Sauce over pulled pork.

STEP #3: Assemble the sandwiches by piling pork on bottom bun and topping with slaw. 

BBQ pulled pork sandwich on a white plate.

Can this recipe be doubled?

Absolutely! If you are feeding a crowd, pulled pork sandwiches are a great option! You can totally double or even triple this recipe very easily if need be. 

How do you store leftovers?

The pork reheats fabulously! Simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in a 350 degree oven until warm. The coleslaw is best when eaten within a couple of days. 

Looking for more ways to use leftover pulled pork? I have got you covered! 

BBQ Pork Egg Rolls

Pulled Pork Enchiladas 

Leftover Pulled Pork Rigatoni

Pulled Pork Tailgate Fries

Love that BBQ flavor? Here are some of my classic, and not so classic, BBQ favorites! 

Alabama White BBQ Sauce 

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

BBQ Rib Chili Bread Bowls (also great with pulled pork!) 

BBQ Chip Crusted Chicken Tenders

Pulled Pork Pull Apart Bread

Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Chicken Wings from the Cookie Rookie

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2009. The recipe, step by step photos and tips were updated in 2020. 

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Pulled Pork Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

Coleslaw Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Make the coleslaw first. In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, granulated garlic, celery salt and kosher salt and pepper. Add shredded cabbage and carrots. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir. Serve.

3

Place the shredded pork in a baking dish. Pour the BBQ sauce over the top and mix well. Place in the oven, bake for 30 minutes.

4

To assemble the sandwich: Spoon BBQ pork mixture on bottom bun, place spoonful of coleslaw on top, top with top bun.

Notes

Nutrition facts are for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 503 , Total Fat: 15.8g , Saturated Fat: 3.8g , Cholesterol: 77mg , Sodium: 2283mg , Carbohydrates: 70.2g , Fiber: 3.7g , Sugar: 37.6g , Protein: 27.1g

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  • Reply
    Deseree
    August 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    psteve- I love it when everything is done before the party so you can enjoy it without having to spend the whole time in the kitchen! I am happy to hear that everyone enjoyed it :)

  • Reply
    psteve
    August 24, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I made this the other night for a big dinner for 8 of us. It’s a great party dinner because the work is all done before the party! I had about 5 lbs of pulled pork, so I doubled the recipe above. It didn’t last long!

  • Reply
    cassie
    August 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Yum! We love pork sandwiches.

    • Reply
      Deseree
      August 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Cassie! Aren’t they just the best? :)

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