Slow Cooker Pulled-Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw


Homemade slaw is a tangy companion to this sweet pork, made with ketchup, brown sugar and chili powder. Serve the sandwiches with pickles and chips for fuss-free sides.


YIELDS: 4 PREP TIME: 0 hours 15 mins

TOTAL TIME: 8 hours 15 mins


1/2 c. ketchup, 1/4 c. packed brown sugar, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1/4 c. cider vinegar, Kosher salt and pepper, 1 pork butt or shoulder, 1/2 c. low fat sour cream, 1/2 small green cabbage (about 1 lb), 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, 4 rolls Potato chips and pickles.


  1. In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, whisk together the ketchup, sugar, chili, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper.
  2. Add the pork and toss to coat. Cook, covered, until the pork is tender and shreds easily, 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.
  3. Forty-five minutes before serving, in a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, remaining 2 Tbsp vinegar, 1 Tbsp water and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. Core and thinly slice the cabbage, add it to the sour cream mixture and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally. Fold in the cilantro before serving.
  4. Using two forks, shred the pork into large pieces; gently toss in the cooking liquid. Fill the rolls with the pork and slaw. Serve with chips and pickles, if desired.

Tips & Techniques


Switch it up: Replace the pork with a 2-lb brisket (trimmed of excess fat) and cook as directed. Or use 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs and decrease the cooking times by 2 hours.

Use up the ingredient: Make a double batch of slaw and save half. Whisk 1 Tbsp honey into 1/4 cup orange juice, toss with the reserved slaw and serve with grilled steak, chicken or lamb. (Refrigerate, covered, for up to 2 days.)


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