Get ready to sink your teeth into the ultimate comfort food with a Southern twist. Our Carolina-style BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches feature slow-cooked pulled pork smothered in a tangy, vinegar-based BBQ sauce and topped with creamy coleslaw, all served up on a soft bun. This classic recipe will transport you straight to the South with every delicious bite.


For the pulled pork

  • 3-4 lbs pork shoulder or butt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the coleslaw

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For the sandwiches

  • 8-10 soft buns


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to create a dry rub for the pork.
  3. Rub the dry mixture all over the pork shoulder, making sure to coat the entire surface.
  4. In a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot, add the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the pork shoulder to the pot and spoon some of the sauce over the top.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid and place it in the oven. Cook for about 4-5 hours or until the pork is fork-tender and falls apart easily.
  7. While the pork is cooking, prepare the coleslaw. In a large bowl, mix together shredded cabbage, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, celery salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  8. Once the pork is done, remove it from the pot and place it on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the pork into small pieces.
  9. Return the shredded pork to the pot with the sauce and stir to coat.
  10. To assemble the sandwiches, spoon some of the pulled pork onto the bottom half of a soft bun. Top with a scoop of coleslaw and place the other half of the bun on top.
  11. Serve hot and enjoy!


  • For a spicier sauce, add more hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the BBQ sauce.
  • If you don't have a Dutch oven or oven-safe pot, you can use a slow cooker instead. Simply cook the pork on low for 8 hours or until it's tender.
  • You can also use pre-shredded coleslaw mix for a quicker option.
  • Serve with your favorite side dishes, such as corn on the cob or baked beans.


There you have it, the perfect recipe for Carolina-style BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches. The tender pulled pork, tangy BBQ sauce, and creamy coleslaw make for a delicious combination that will satisfy any Southern food cravings. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of the South right

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