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Pulled Pork Subs Recipe

Pulled Pork Subs Recipe

Honey and ground ginger are the flavor boosters behind my no-stress sandwiches. A bottle of barbecue sauce ties it all together in a pinch. —Denise Davis, Porter, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 submarine buns, split


  • 1. Place onion and roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, water, honey, garlic, seasoned salt and ginger; pour over meat. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Remove meat; cool slightly. Shred meat with two forks and return to the slow cooker; heat through. Serve on buns. Cut sandwiches in half.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Serve on a bun. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 each: 417 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 867mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

Reviews for Pulled Pork Subs

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g.b.baker User ID: 8700271 241858
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I made this for a birthday party for my wife. we had 6 friends over. we all loved it with a slice of onion and sliced dills."

CHEFOFTHEFUTURE User ID: 8203061 234275
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015 Edited Oct. 12, 2015

"I am making this recipe, however, I will season my pork roast over night before cooking. Adds more flavor (This is for 2princess2luv who needs more flavor) You can modify recipe to suit you and your family's needs. Personally, I like to brown my pork shoulder before I put in crock pot, I hate just raw and no browning in oven before cooking. I will also use Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, however, I will not add the honey, I will however add Worcestershire sauce , adds great flavor. YUM, Will come back add another review after I make this, I know it will be"

parksville User ID: 1598935 226516
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"I used a 3 lb pork shoulder butt roast and made the recipe as is. It fell apart after five hours in the slow cooker. The only downside for us would be I used Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ sauce, which we normally love, but for this recipe found it way too sweet. Added creamy coleslaw on top of the pork for each bun and it added a nice flavour as well. Will definitely try this one again using a difference BBQ sauce and fresh ginger instead of dry. Very easy and it would be great to serve company."

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 220148
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"It was pretty good when preparing of a supper for both mild and spicy fellows. The spicy people can add some jalapenos or other hot peppers to get the extra punch! (Like me!)"

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 160510
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"This was just ok to us. Needed more flavor for our tastes."

Zwaantje User ID: 985636 101725
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"I haven't made it yet but I KNOW it will be delicious - but I need to know, what is 'seasoned salt' ? If I can't find that, can I season it myself and if so, with what? Thank you in advance."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 107558
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"A good barbecue recipe. The honey adds a subtle sweetness to create a mild sauce."

mrgold User ID: 7851611 141955
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Very easy! Turned out perfect! I used chicken broth instead of water, omitted ginger and used Famous Dave's spice rub in the BBQ sauce. Will make again"

ibarra User ID: 5607220 179580
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"Loved this recipe. It's so easy."

bzdz1128 User ID: 2029232 210088
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Made this yesterday-so easy and a big hit!!"

spiker1 User ID: 264159 175274
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"Loved the combination of flavors"

mmohler User ID: 2780522 175273
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Changed the water to chicken broth, otherwise no changes. Upped the size and served to a very large group of college kids. BIG hit! This is easy, and a definite keeper."

Bev Johnson User ID: 1621003 163426
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"After reading the ingredients and all the great reviews I thought I'd give this a try. Very bland and tastes more like ketchup than BBQ."

chocoloco User ID: 1876593 174949
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Doesn't compare to the indoor pulled pork recipe from American's Test Kitchen."

ronzink User ID: 7198102 210087
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Taste's great...just needs a little more BBQ flavor"

RLiberty User ID: 7169427 163424
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013


rsw_203 User ID: 6869328 115226
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"I made this for a get-together with friends. I made especially for a friend on a low-carb diet. It was delicious and I got compliments from everyone. I did use 4 pounds of pork and left everything the same. It wasn't too runny and I have leftovers!"

Katherine694 User ID: 4869961 101724
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"Everyone loves this! I also used Sweet Baby Ray's, and I think the ginger, garlic and honey add just the right touch. I guess I forgot to add the water! I would agree that serving 16 would be difficult unless the buns were pretty small, and the people --not very hungry."

angiedust User ID: 6409050 90526
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Very simple and very delicious. Only difference I made to the recipe was that I melted a slice of cheese on the roll before I added the meat. YUM"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4064518 210086
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"This is a delicious meal paired with sweet potato fries and cole slaw."

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 107535
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"Delicious and easy peasy to throw together!"

J9mom3 User ID: 6766068 94202
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"Today is my second time making this pulled pork. Put it together this morning and it took 5 min. The flavors are great the meat is juicy and the pork pulls right apart. I let it sit back in the sauce for a while before serving. This is a great weeknight meal."

deajoh User ID: 2238135 158315
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"I used Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and it was great. I doubled the meat (well it was doubled before I trimmed the roast), but didn't double the rest."

dv80det User ID: 6287729 158314
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"This was great!"

1GBMOMMY User ID: 4524971 158313
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This was a quick way to use up a roast I didn't want to fuss with, love the slow cooker! Honestly you could probably omit the honey, ginger & seasoning salt and just use the BBQ sauce...couldn't really taste anything but the BBQ sauce when I made it. However it was still yummy and quick so I'll make it again! I also used a bone-in roast (all I had) and it was about 3lbs for reference."

alanna801 User ID: 2851926 115225
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"everyone in my family of 6 loved these! We all agreed that it was the best pulled pork we have ever tasted. It will definitely become a regular meal around our house! However, I found that the 2 1/2 pound roast I used only made 8 sandwiches, not 16. Maybe I used large buns or something, but the recipe made plenty of sauce, so you could easily use a much larger roast while keeping the same amount of other ingredients."

TCD1 User ID: 6008964 173561
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"I don't know what I did wrong, cause I followed this recipe to the T, but it turned out to be extremely watery. The taste was really good and the meat really soft and tender."

douglas_in_philly User ID: 4466894 115222
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"This is such a simple recipe to follow. The meat absolutely falls apart when cooked, so there's almost no effort needed to pull it apart. It is very tasty, too!"

JMD Fremont CA User ID: 5629979 174939
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"I doubled the recipie for this because my pork shoulder was bigger than called for. The flavor was very good but best of all it was really easy. I prepped it before leaving for work in the morning and it only took a few minutes to shred in order to eat. My husband and kids enjoyed it and ate the leftovers for lunch the next day without my suggesting it."

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.