I have three go to recipes for picnic potlucks. Deviled Eggs. Funfetti Cookies. And these sandwiches.
When you bring these sandwiches anywhere, you’re a hero. The men come flocking and the women rave. Everyone wants the recipe. It’s the first thing you run out of. And the best part? You don’t even break a sweat making them. Or the bank. Seriously. You can’t loose.
I like to serve these with the smaller , 4″ hamburger buns, rather than the larger 6″ buns as you get more servings and it keeps the sandwich from falling apart from too much goodness. Also you can greatly personalize this dish by adding your favorite seasonings to the slow cooker. Onions, garlic, paprika, chili powder, cumin, tomato paste, vinegar all make excellent options. I would recommend trying a simple version of the recipe first, then adding to it in subsequent trials.
Picnic Potluck BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Serves 15 – 20
- 3 – 4 lb Boneless Pork Shoulder, fat trimmed
- 8 – 16 oz carbonated beverage of your choice:
- Dr Pepper
- Root Beer
- If sweetened like the above, Salt
- If unsweetened like the above, Brown Sugar
- 1 bottle BBQ Sauce of your choice
- Hamburger Buns
- Shredded Purple Cabbage
- Toss the pork in your slow cooker with your beverage of choice. If the beverage is highly sweetened (like soda), sprinkle with generously with salt. If the beverage is not heavily sweetened (like beer), sprinkle with browne sugar. Set your slow cooker for 8 hours on low, or until tender, rotating after 4 hours.
- Check the pork with a fork after 8 hours to see if it easily separates. If it does, move on to the next step. If not, continue cooking in the slow cooker in ½ hour increments until the pork falls apart easily with a fork.
- As best as you can, remove the pork shoulder (and pieces) to a cutting board, leaving the juices behind. With two forks or large BBQ tongs, shred the pork into smaller pieces. Transfer shredded pork to a large mixing bowl.
- Add a good ½ cup or so of BBQ sauce to the pork, and stir. You want the pork to be just moistened by the sauce. For this I recommend a mild or original flavored sauce. You can top your sandwich with a spicier or more interesting sauce, but a simple sauce works best for just keeping the pork moistened.
- Pack the warm pork, buns, cabbage and sauce for your event. To assemble, from top to bottom: bun, pork, sauce, cabbage, bun, happiness.