Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This simple dish is so easy to throw together, but tastes like something you would order from a local BBQ joint. The meat seriously falls apart when it’s done cooking- no shredding required. ­čÖé

This is definitely my favorite BBQ pork sandwich of all time.

There are so many recipes for Pulled Pork out on the internet, but this one really is one of the best! If you are nervous to add the liquid smoke, DON’T BE! It has so much flavor just in that little bottle!

How to Make Smokey Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

Converting an Slow Cooker Recipe into an Instant Pot Recipe isn’t that difficult. Here are the things that you are going to do differently.
1. Follow the exact directions as you would on the slow cooker recipe, but before you close the lid, add 1/2 cup of water or broth.
2. Close the lid, set it to sealing, then push manual. Set your timer for 30 minutes.
3. When the time is up, let it release on its own, then shred your pork and serve on your rolls!

Watch how to make Smoky Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker and Instant Pot

Side Dishes That Go With Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
Caprese Salad
Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

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Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (and CouponLynx magazine winner!)

10 minPrep Time

6 hrCook Time

6 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 3-4 pound pork shoulder butt roast (can have bone-in)
  • 3 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup liquid smoke
  • 1 (16-20 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Buns


  1. Spray the inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (or use a slow cooker liner).
  2. Combine paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard and liquid smoke in a small bowl.
  3. Rub all over the roast, covering all sides. (Optional: poke your roast with a large fork a couple of times to let the flavors really soak in).
  4. Place lid on slow cooker and bake on low for 8-10 hours (or high 5-6 hours).
  5. Shred meat when finished and add bottle of BBQ sauce.
  6. Serve on buns and enjoy! We love this with a side of potato salad or pasta salad.

┬áHere’s another great recipe that you need to try! Find these Baked Sweet Pork Chimichangas┬áHERE!

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23 Responses to “Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches”

  1. Ken McBroom
    Hi Six Sisters My name is Ken McBroom. I am an outdoor writer and have a deadline for my cooking column in a small print publication. The problem is the images I took of my pulled pork that I prepared for the Hoosier Outdoor Writers conference was lost in cyberspace and I found your great image of pulled pork sandwich and would love to use it in my article. You can leave your Six Sisters Stuff on the image for credit. Please feel free to contact me if this is a possibility. Thanks Ken McBroom
  2. This seems like a whole lot of spices and liquid smoke and I'm using a 6lber I normally use only a couple TBS of liquid smoke when cooking my other pork butt crock pot recipe (kalua pork). I thought maybe 3tsp not Tbs would be good. But I went ahead and followed your recipe as is any ways so we will see, it's in the crockpot as we speak!

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