BBQ pulled pork sandwich

BBQ pulled pork sandwich

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(34 ratings)

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 onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 bay leaves
  • 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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23rd Apr, 2013
Cooked this on slow cooker instead of bbq was nice if a tad dry
11th Mar, 2013
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!
10th Feb, 2013
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.
31st Jan, 2013
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!
20th Jan, 2013
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
13th Jan, 2013
Used whole grain mustard instead of mustard powder. Lovely! Served on baked ciabatta with rocket salad and coleslaw.
4th Jan, 2013
This tasted really really nice. I left it in the slow cooker all night and most of the following day...yummie!
16th Dec, 2012
Delicious and fairly easy as I am not an expert in the kitchen.
2nd Oct, 2012
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.
27th Sep, 2012
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 :-)


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