BBQ pulled pork sandwich

BBQ pulled pork sandwich

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 4 hrs, 30 mins

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Serves 8
Slow cook pork shoulder for four hours in the oven to tenderise then finish on a BBQ. Serve with a thick, tangy sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze before finishing on the bbq

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal520
  • fat29g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre1g
  • protein49g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 2 onion, sliced



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  • 3 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp each mustard powder and smoked paprika
  • 1½ -2kg/3lb 5oz-4lb 8oz) pork shoulder, boned with rind attached and tied (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 140g tomato ketchup
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 French stick, sliced into rolls, and coleslaw, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Scatter the onions and bay leaves in the bottom of a large roasting tin. Mix the mustard powder, paprika and 1 tsp ground black pepper with a good pinch of salt. Rub this all over the pork, making sure you rub it into all the crevices. Place the pork, rind-side up, on top of the onions. Pour 200ml water into the bottom of the tin, wrap well with foil and bake for 4 hrs. This can be done up to 2 days ahead – simply cover the tray in foil and chill until ready to barbecue.

  2. Light the barbecue. In a bowl, mix the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Remove the pork from the tin and pat dry. Place the roasting tin on the hob, pour in the ketchup mixture and bubble vigorously for 10-15 mins until thick and glossy. Remove the bay leaves and pour the sauce into a food processor; blitz until smooth. Smear half the sauce mixture over the meat.

  3. Once the barbecue flames have died down, put on the pork, skin-side down. Cook for 15 mins until nicely charred, then flip over and cook for another 10 mins. The meat will be very tender, so be careful not to lose any between the bars. Alternatively, heat a combined oven-grill to high, place the pork on a baking tray and cook each side for 10-15 mins until nicely charred.

  4. Lift the pork onto a large plate or tray. Remove string and peel off the skin. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into chunky pieces. Add 3-4 tbsp of the barbecue sauce to the meat and toss everything well to coat. Pile into rolls and serve with extra sauce and a little coleslaw.

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Comments (39)

nichamster's picture

Made this countless times and it always goes down a storm absolutely beautiful

weezie's picture

Made this for a barbecue, cooked it in the oven the day before and my husband finished it on the coals next day, it was simple enough for him to be sociable and the meat was deliciously tasty and very moist, went down well with everyone from a 2yr old to an 82yr old, a superb recipe

amcelhinney's picture

Delicious Recipe! Followed it to the letter and nobody was disappointed, would definitely do this dish again, the sauce was especially good.

laney's picture

This recipe was a money saver, mid week the freezer door was left open loads of food defrosted and I had to be in work at 10am. Did a quick prep left it in the oven made the sauce when I got home hey presto a fabulous tea the family really loved it and now they all want to come for a weekend bbq.

stokel008's picture

Cooked this on slow cooker instead of bbq was nice if a tad dry

crap-bag's picture

Delicious! I slow roasted the joint for 5.5 hours at 130 fan oven as my joint was 4.5lbs. The next day it was grilled for 15 mins each side on high, thought it had gone wrong as the crackling all burnt and it didnt look good at all. But once this was removed the meat underneath was delish. The sauce was like nothing i have ever made before - divine!

jennimoo's picture

This is fabulous. Cooked the pork and onions in the slow cooker all day then made the sauce as it says. I did drizzle on sauce a blow torch it a bit but it would have been good without.

lorriloo's picture

I already have some slow cooked pork left over and wanted something different to do with it. I made the sauce and covered my left overs popped it in a covered overproof dish with a splash of water at 150 and left it to moisten up. Served with mash and spicy beans.

It was beautiful!

clairski90's picture

I don't really like pork and made this for my family, it went down a treat, I even tried it myself amazing!!!! I will definitely make this again, maybe change the mustard for whole grain like someone has suggested xx

paulafletcher's picture

Used whole grain mustard instead of mustard powder. Lovely! Served on baked ciabatta with rocket salad and coleslaw.

paulafletcher's picture

This tasted really really nice. I left it in the slow cooker all night and most of the following day...yummie!

alisonstobie's picture

Delicious and fairly easy as I am not an expert in the kitchen.

arsenal_al's picture

made for my mates this weekend - well nice. i didnt have a blender but made the sauce with the slices of onion in for people to add on top of the sandwiches and went down amazingly then all got finished off when we got home from the pub. great recipe and a cheap way to feed a crowd of lads.

bimbobaby's picture

Cooked in slow cooker all day. Was so tender. Cooked under the grill once I got home from work. Had it in cobbs served with wedges. I didn't realise that Dark Brown Sugar was different to light brown sugar which I didn't have and ended up using Light Muscovado instead. Will defo make again and will try with the right sugar as it will probs taste much richer.
Easy meal perfect for a fri night infront of the TV :-)

rosyrous's picture

i cooked this today and it was quite tasty, i only added 2tbsp of sugar and i thought it was a bit too sweet, next time i will add only 1.

nemoruss's picture

Tried this recipe last night for dinner party it was really good. My guests were very impressed, sauce sets the pork off beautifully. My husband said it is one of his favourite dishes. As it was a dinner party I served it with mashed sweet potato and roasted vegetables. Charing it out BBQ finished it off very nicely. Pork pulled well on the outside but going towards the middle it didn't so for this reason next time I will cook for 5 hours.

chocolatemonkeybear's picture

Supremely easy, very tasty and impressed our American visitors

katherinestott's picture

I was initially put off this recipe as I am not a big fan of BBQ sauce however I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did! The sauce was rich in flavour and more like a strong gravy with a bit of a kick and the meat was melt in the mouth. I would recommend this recipe to anyone.

susiebrown's picture

Have done another pulled pork recipe before, this one much simpler and excellent result. I cook it in My slow cooker the day before but make the sauce and trim the pork and BBQ the next day. Made again yesterday, weather not suitable for BBQ so heated again in a hot oven before pulling.

Family love this! Daughters in law ask for recipe but not sure I want to share just yet!


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