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Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

The slow cooker not only makes this an easy meal, but it keeps the pork tender, moist and loaded with flavor. The sandwiches are so comforting, they seem anything but light. —Beki Kosydar-Krantz of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted


  • 1. Cut the tenderloin in half; place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper; pour over pork.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker; heat through. Serve on toasted rolls. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 402 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1181mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

Reviews for Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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PageRD User ID: 5881442 250674
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"I loved the flavors of the sauce but there wasn't nearly enough! I will double it next time. Also, I found the tenderloin to be dry so I might try a different cut. But it was a great midweek super with plenty of leftovers for the next day."

tcavman15 User ID: 1537577 222209
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"This is my go-to recipe when we're craving pulled pork sandwiches. So easy! Often times I double or triple this recipe in my 6 qt. slow cooker. Now if I could only thicken the sauce just a little. Perhaps a cornstarch or arrowroot slurry added to the sauce and turned to high heat in the crockpot while I'm shredding the meat. Pairs nicely with Renee Endress's recipe for Creamy Coleslaw Recipe here in Taste of Home."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 134840
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"This marinade has great flavor. I would probably double the recipe next time, as I generally cook a larger size roast than the recipe calls for."

fritz80 User ID: 6178619 62132
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"So easy to make and good flavor. One of our go to recipes in the summer for an easy healthy supper without having to turn on the stove."

lzcb User ID: 7407070 58519
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Not so much. Catsup has SO MUCH sugar! Just way too sweet."

Sylvester90 User ID: 5984649 82682
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"This was great! I used a small pork roast instead of tenderloin and it turned out really well. I cooked it on high for 4 hours. I didn't have the brown mustard, so I used a tablespoon of BBQ sauce instead. The sauce was absolutely amazing. Next time I might add some onion or garlic powder. I just really loved how easy this was to pull together. It's a no-fuss recipe. I'm sure it is even better with tenderloin. I love how Ashaline says she makes it to give to people. I think this would be so great to give, with a package of buns, to a family that is grieving or a family with a new baby."

rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 113164
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"Really good and easy and just enough for my husband and I."

bekahgrrl User ID: 3531982 69392
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"I like this best with chicken Tenders, but my husband likes it best on pork! Nicely tangy, with a good BBQ flavor and pretty tender. Great on a sesame bun and even better the day after! I slice it up and tenderize the meat first, then leave it in good sized chunks for the sandwich."

anitamm User ID: 7158753 62131
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"DELICIOUS!! And so easy!! I will definitely make this again!"

anitamm User ID: 7158753 69391
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"DELICIOUS!! And so easy!! I will definitely make this again"

sd20 User ID: 5560294 139268
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013 Edited Jan. 12, 2014

"Very good and easy! I added a bit more brown sugar and only used 2 TBLS vinegar!"

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 100721
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"very easy, yummy & healthy!"

libjim User ID: 7444834 54058
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I'm sold....I really didn't like pulled pork until I used this recipe."

rosomalley User ID: 3143785 103905
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Really easy and great taste!"

Debiana User ID: 1536180 113163
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"This was very good! I did add granulated garlic and onion powder. (I want to say approx 1 tsp. each) Thank you for sharing. Will definately make this again"

macystyle User ID: 1967976 62130
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"I love the fact that these ingredients are items I always have on hand. Great flavor! Super easy to put together!"

angcy User ID: 1160970 141500
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"my family loves it. it is easy to make and enough to feed the entire family for a few meals."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 103904
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"I added some garlic and a little bit of liquid smoke."

ashgib10 User ID: 7210352 100409
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"perfect wouldn't change anything"

Julie Hubert User ID: 3353142 141497
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Rien à changer, c'est excellent!"

Ayeager81 User ID: 6933770 206109
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"My first time ever making pulled pork in a crock pot and it was amazing! I wouldn't change a thing!"

betsyv7 User ID: 3596163 54422
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I LOVE this recipe and can NOT stop eating it after its made... That taste is addictive..So glad its in the lighter side!"

6foreverpaws User ID: 6007092 82676
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This is a keeper, the hubby loved it. I did up 4 tenderloins and tripled the sauce ingredients and it turned out great. The leftovers went into the freezer for a later date. Even reheated the meat still taste like you just made it. It is a hit at our house."

CWyatt User ID: 3826639 62129
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Delicious! I cannot wait to make this again. We quadrupled the recipe for our Memorial Day BBQ and it was a hit. Very tender, moist and flavorful sandwiches."

deeretomyheart User ID: 6666385 54418
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"This is my go-to recipe for pulled pork sandwiches for BBQ's in the summer time."

cgm1978 User ID: 6564516 103902
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"Very, Very Good!!"

JTayFil User ID: 6198875 58693
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"These were absolutely delicious. Made this for sunday dinner. Put everything in the crock pot before church. I did not have worcestershire sauce, so I used steak sauce and some tabasco sauce. I had a 2lb pork sirloin roast. I doubled the sauce ingredients but it seemed like a lot of sauce, so I poured only 2/3 over the roast in the crock pot and reserved the rest. After I shredded the pork, I put it in a saucepan with the juices from the crock and added some of the reserved sauce to thicken it up a bit. This is definitely going into my personal recipe binder. Can't wait to have them as leftovers."

butterfly3gayle User ID: 3267063 113162
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Made these for our family reunion....they were a BIG hit. I had a little bit left over so the next day I bake a few potatoes and served the remaining meat over them. Yummy!"

shar0n45 User ID: 5347060 82672
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Great tasting and so easy to make"

kkoziol User ID: 4888481 69390
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Make all the time - very good! Added just a little sweet baby rays to counter the tangy -"

suepfeil1 User ID: 1871639 113160
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I made this recipe for my family and they just loved it. This is honestly the best pulled pork sandich that I have ever eaten. The key to this is the pork tenderloin. It makes the sandwich so juicy and it never dries out like regular pulled pork, even when it's rewarmed the next day."

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 141496
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"This was just ok for us. It wasn't bad, but I will try a different recipe next time."

strongkat User ID: 1278535 206108
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"I loved the ease of this recipe and it was really good. It could use a little more BBQ (for my taste) and I didn't like the long strings of meat, but it was really good."

jendonovan15 User ID: 6106245 206107
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"Rave reviews from my husband. I doubled the recipe for leftovers and WILL be making again. Added dill pickles to the sandwich which was yummy."

Hornigmk User ID: 5917953 134839
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"The meat is so tender & juicy. We added some BBQ sauce after cooking for extra flavor, but the meat alone has enough flavor to stand alone. Delicious!"

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 134838
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"This is our favorite pulled pork recipe. It is super easy and has a great flavor. I make it when I bring a meal to other people and they always rave about it."

mehalv User ID: 4612167 134837
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"This was a great recipe! I used pork loin as the protein. I would recommend going easy on the vinegar, as it was just a tad overpowering. I also added a bit more brown sugar (and extra 1-2 T) to make it a bit sweeter. Delicious!!"

jkau7020 User ID: 5850388 139262
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Went snowmobiling at a resort and I had mixed all the wet ingredients before hand. Threw it all in the slow cooker and it was ready when we got back. It was awesome! Very tasty."

heartkneebreaker User ID: 5554378 58518
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"This recipe was deelicious!"

zdb2010* User ID: 5656030 82630
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"These were great - ran out of ketchup so topped up the last 1/4 cup with BBQ sauce but still tasted great. Also added some BBQ seasoning and some chilli flakes as we like stuff spicy. Did X-tra sauce as some reviews had said but didn't add it all to the pulled meat in the end as thought it would be too sloppy. Would serve it on the side if serving to a crowd. This would also work good with beef."

ajvitale22 User ID: 5530519 100272
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"It was delicious!

My only reason for giving this recipe 4 stars instead of 5 is because the sauce wasn't as thick as I had hoped and made the buns a little soggy towards the end."

sardookie User ID: 5485457 139261
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"Easy recipe!!! Tastes even better the next day!!!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 54415
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"This was excellent and it went together so easily. I served it on ciabatta instead of kaiser rolls, everything else was exactly as the recipe indicates."

bellariddle User ID: 4823350 141494
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"This is a party favorite because it is easy to put up to 3 tenderloins in my 6 qt slow cooker and people can serve themselves right out of the pot. When I make the sauce I double the recipe and pour until it is all covered. Then set aside the extra for anyone that wants to put it on their buns. It's hard to find a tenderloin exactly 1 lb which is why I make extra sauce. A lot of picky eaters in the family and no one complains about this one."

rharkless User ID: 1200027 134154
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"Absolutely wonderful, and so easy! The amount of sauce was fine, but I did add some Creole seasoning to it, as it was a little bland. I definitely will make this again."

wasp User ID: 1026318 141464
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"I'm not a huge fan of home cooked pulled pork made from a Boston Butt. This recipe is wonderful. This is so easy to make I've made it many times and, in fact, have to double or triple the recipe. There is rarely any left over. But if there is leftovers, it's just as good the next day!"

Nallie01 User ID: 5082283 113105
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"YES! Used a preseasoned peppercorn pork tenderloin ... the amount of flavor was phenomenal. This is going to become a staple for Sunday afternoons in my house!"

jenjen2002 User ID: 4906957 58483
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"Super easy and super tasty!"

caroljanie User ID: 4025953 62128
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice now. I servered it to a friend that is not a Pork fan. He really liked it. I will make it again."

taxajay User ID: 4500866 134153
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"great and easy to make I would just make a little more sauce."

bellariddle User ID: 4823350 58594
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"This recipe was delicious. I made a bit more sauce than was called for because my husband likes his really wet and it is great. I recommend making the sauce per directions and tasting it and then change it from there per your taste. For example I preferred a little more spicy mustard."

lori Salzman User ID: 4068214 69388
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"Easy to make.used boneless pork for carnitas per butcher's recommendation for pulled pork. Flavor was on the mild,boring side. Needs something to spice it up."

Arista137 User ID: 3449894 134836
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"Absolutely delicious AND easy! I used yellow mustard instead of brown and it still turned out well."

Diana Robson User ID: 4258529 82599
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I love this recipe! I make it for my kids all the time! They love it"

psa1121 User ID: 3438361 54050
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"Dijon and brown mustard are definitely NOT the same thing. Use whichever you wish, but the taste will definitely be different. I prefer brown mutard for this recipe."

kimgoettle User ID: 3679598 58481
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"A brown mustard is also known as  Asian mustard and can be found usually near the yellow mustard. And its often labled BROWN mustard or Poupon. Frenches, Guldens,Eden,Hellmann's and Sierra all make "brown mustards" they are generally tangier (is that a word?)"

pjwhite User ID: 1708412 206106
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"Define brown mustard?"

Kelli F. User ID: 1506371 69380
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"I used a pork rib roast instead of tenderloin. It was amazing!"

moochy7 User ID: 2765999 103877
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2008

"This was super easy to make. I doctored up the recipe by adding in a little more vinegar and brown mustard to add a little more tartness. I received several compliments on this and will definitely make it again."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.