BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Okay, so I think I’m about to be mocked here. I’m all Miss Foodiepants and everything, but up until about a year ago, it had never even dawned on me to put coleslaw and pickles on BBQ pork sandwiches. Seriously. I was at one of those roadhouse-style restaurants where you can pick your own steak and throw peanuts on the floor and I ordered the pulled pork sandwiches on a whim. And I nearly died of food happiness. I like BBQ pulled pork, I like coleslaw, I like pickles…but together, it was on a completely different plane of food awesomeness. Turns out I was kind of in the dark and that this is a common practice. I felt like I did in 4th grade when everyone else was singing “Step By Step” by New Kids on the Block while my parents made me listen to Judy Collins and Art Garfunkel.

For the sauce, we recommend using your favorite BBQ sauce–Cattleman’s is a great, inexpensive national brand, or you could try picking up some from your favorite local BBQ joint.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Sign me up sounds wonderful. Here in Cleveland Oh. we put fries and slaw on burgers it's wonderful too.

  2. I have a Big Green Egg grill/smoker and love to smoke meat – both pork and beef. Unfortunately, though, I've never tried coleslaw on the pulled pork sandwich, but now I can't wait to try! I'm also looking forward to shopping for Country Bob's!

  3. I wanna try some. I usually use regular old BBQ sauce but I always like adding a little variety. Generally I use a pork tenderloin when I make this. The slow cooker makes it shred up so nicely.

  4. mock mock mock.

    Dear Miss Foodiepants,

    What old bottle of Heinz 57 sauce have you been living in???

    Seriously… you never knew?

    I might be able to talk to you guys anymore. Seriously.

    I forgive you cause you guys are an endless supply of cool recipes and tips (but only if you promise to never mention that you did not know this age old BBQ secret ever again). Amen.


    P.S. I personally prefer a 1:1:1 bbq, pickle, slaw ration.

  5. I love smokey flavors. I think it would be great to be able to give this BBQ sauce a try.

  6. Okay, just wanted to let you guys know that I went to Kroger today and saw Country Bob's there! It most definitely has not been at my Kroger in the past, so it seems like the word is getting out and it may be easier to find.

  7. Don't worry about not knowing about that! After 25 & 1/2 years of not knowing, I finally found out in June of this year at a church BBQ. A guy that served a mission down in the Carolinas took the liberty to fill me in all about coleslaw on pulled Pork Sandwiches. I have to admit that I'm not really a cabbage of coleslaw fan, but that sandwich was good! I'd love to try out you recipe with a bottle of Country Bob! I LOVE your blog BTW!

  8. This looks delicious! I also love BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches, and I would love to find that "missing link" with Country Bob's. I live out in Indiana, so what's the chance of me stopping by the store to pick some up?

  9. I've never tried coleslaw but I do like me some pickles on one. Another good one is the pickled banana peppers.

  10. Those look delicious!! Pickles are the best on top of all sandwiches!!I've never tried the coleslaw on top, but I think I will next time 🙂

    btw, made the asian bbq chicken last night, it was a HUGE HIT!!! loved it 🙂
    thanks you girls ROCK!!

  11. I've been craving your blueberry cheesecake icecream and now I'm thinking that would pair well for dessert with pulled pork sandies and country bob's sauce!

  12. If it makes you feel better, I'd never heard of adding pickles to a pork sandwich. Coleslaw, yes, but pickles? Interesting…

  13. The sauce in any cooking is so important. I'm just starting to experiment a little with making my own. I would love to win some yummy sauce to try!

  14. I love pulled pork sandwiches and we do coleslaw in them at home, but I have never tried the pickle thing. Sounds like a great sauce!

  15. UTOPIA! I have searched for YEARS for a good pulled pork recipe. I found myself lost in the land of pork shoulders and butts… scratching my head! The level of joy I am at right now, cannot be expressed!

    I need Country Bob sauce to help me reach pulled pork perfection!

  16. I would love to try this bbq sauce! Country Bob's sounds amazing because I like my sauce not too tangy, not too sweet, and this sounds like it's the perfect combo!