Pulled Pork With Tangy BBQ Sauce & Apple Slaw

August 14, 2018


My son officially started pre-k last week which is exciting because he absolutely loves it and has the most amazing, kindest, sweetest teacher a person could ask for.  She's such a gem and I hope she decides to teach a new grade each year starting at k up to 12 {hahaha}.  It was a busy morning getting everyone out the door the first day so the whole fam could drop him off and wish him a happy first day.  As soon as I got home I hooked up the old crockpot and loaded it up.  For me, half the battle of a crockpot dinner is actually remembering early on to fill it, does that happen to you too?  My husband gave me this great idea for a pulled pork sandwich so I remembered to load it that morning because I had pulled pork on the brain.



Crockpot meals can be helpful when school is back in session and you're getting back into your groove of things.  For the pulled pork I used a pork butt and then rubbed a dry rub all over it and cooked it on low for 8 hours.  No need to add any liquid.  After the time is up you just shred it with a couple of forks and drizzle on all the tangy BBQ sauce, SO easy.  You could even make the BBQ sauce the night before.



The BBQ sauce for this recipe is a bit sweet and tangy, it goes really nice with the crunchy apple slaw thats piled high on top of the sandwich.  I've never been a huge fan of coleslaw, it looks and tastes gloopy and it does nothing for me {if you love coleslaw all the power to you my friend}.  The apple slaw is simply a mixture of a red apple, green apple and cabbage.  I toss it in a bit of pre-made salad dressing but it's not necessary.



This recipe is QUICK and EASY.  Full of flavor, filling and everything homemade so you get the quality factor.  My husband adored this.  Speaking of that guy, I mentioned earlier that he gave me the idea.  The weekend prior I made us some salads for lunch with a bunch of things I scrounged together from the fridge.  I used cabbage, apples, sesame seeds and pecans.  It was good for a last minute I have no clue what to make for lunch {which is me every day at lunch time} situation.  But he said, "this would be really good on a pulled pork sandwich".  I love this guy, he speaks my language.  That's how the tangy bbq pulled pork sandwich with apple slaw became a thing!  And I'm so glad It did.  Kid friendly, husband friendly and weeknight dinner friendly.  




5 lbs pork butt

kaiser rolls

green cabbage

1 granny Smith apple

1 fuji apple

Panera brand fuji dressing


tangy bbq sauce

3/4 c ketchup

1 tbsp yellow mustard

1/4 c brown sugar, packed

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp Worcestershire 

1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt (start at 1/4, taste and add more if you prefer)

1/4 tsp black pepper


dry rub

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp garlic



Turn slow cooker to low heat.  Mix all the dry rub ingredients together and rub it on the pork butt, put this in the slow cooker.  Cover and continue to cook for 8 hours.


Add all of the ingredients for the tangy bbq sauce to a small saucepan, over low/med heat.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, for 2-3 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  Check on the sauce every couple minutes so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.  You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge, reheat in a sauce pan prior to serving.  Add to a squeeze bottle for easy use!


Remove the core of the apples and the cabbage.  Using a mandolin slicer shred the cabbage and use the matchstick blade for the apples.  Alternatively slice the cabbage and apples very thin.  Toss in a bowl with a small splash of fuji apple dressing (or no dressing).


Slice a kaiser roll in half, add some of the pulled pork, drizzle with BBQ sauce and top it with the apple slaw.








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Thanks for stopping by.  I'm Tara.  Food fan, avid crafter and pizza lover extraordinaire.  I'm a wife and a mom of two kids.  

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