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Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is a partnered post with the National Pork Board. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

One thing I learned while trying to photograph these delicious Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches is that it’s difficult to photograph a messy sandwich. No matter which angle I shot at, no matter how I added things into the frame, getting that perfect shot that I’m happy with just wasn’t happening.

So I called defeat before kicking everything across the floor because it’s really not about the pictures. It’s about the absolute deliciousness that you’ll experience when you sink your teeth into one of these Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Enjoy the flavors of Buffalo Wings with these delicious Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

I absolutely love using my slow cooker, especially on busy days when I know I won’t have a lot of time to play in the kitchen. By cooking the pork in the slow cooker all day long, it literally fell apart as I was trying to get it out of the slow cooker. There wasn’t really a lot of pulling the meat with two forks because it was so tender that if fell into pieces. [Whether or not any mysteriously disappeared into my mouth will never be disclosed.]

I guess that’s what 8 hours on low in the slow cooker with a cup of chicken broth will do to a 3 pound pork shoulder. Fall apart goodness that was so juicy and delectably delicious that, if wanted, you could serve it as is.

Enjoy the flavors of your favorite buffalo wings with this Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe.

The pork alone, without anything else, is superb. By using my homemade steak rub and completely coating it before browning it off in a skillet, there was no need for the slaw or the homemade buffalo sauce. It’s perfect straight from the slow cooker. But, if you want to an explosion of flavor in your mouth, go for the full shebang.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Enjoy the flavors of buffalo wings with these Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches. From the homemade buffalo sauce, to the slaw with a twist, these Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches will create an explosion of flavor for your taste buds.
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
For the Pork
  • 3 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • 3 tablespoons homemade steak rub (I always have this on hand. It’s so versatile I use it all the time.)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • King’s Hawaiian Hamburger Buns, for serving
For the Homemade Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For the Slaw
  • 1/2 head of cabbage (outer leaves removed), cut and shredded or chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare the slow cooker by using a slow cooker liner (it makes clean up so easy). On a large cutting mat, massage pork generously with homemade steak rub.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat and brown all sides of the pork. Once the pork is evenly browned on all sides, carefully transfer to the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock to the skillet to get all the tasty bits left behind and carefully pour over pork in the slow cooker. If there is any spice rub left on the cutting mat, also pour into the slow cooker. Cook for 8 hours on low.
  3. About 30 minutes before serving prepare the homemade buffalo sauce by melting butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Once the butter has melted add in the remaining ingredients and whisk well to combine. Bring to a light simmer while continuing to whisk and turn off before it gets to a boil. Set to the side to cool before serving.
  4. To make the slaw combine cabbage and onion in a large bowl. In a small bowl, add ranch dressing, olive oil, vinegar, celery salt and pepper; whisk to combine. Pour dressing mixture over cabbage and toss. Make sure all the cabbage is evenly coated with the dressing mixture.
  5. By the time you are ready to take the pork out of the slow cooker, it should fall apart; transfer to a cutting mat. With two forks tear the pork into bite sized pieces, if needed. If anyone you are serving doesn’t like the spiciness of buffalo sauce, reserve the liquid left behind in the slow cooker. Carefully strain the liquid into a large saucepan (or skillet) and heat to reduce and thicken. If needed, you can use a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a small amount of cold water.
  6. To serve, open the hamburger buns and place a generous serving of pork on the bottom bun. Drizzle 2 – 3 tablespoons of homemade buffalo sauce over pork and top with a generous serving of slaw. Top with the remaining bun and devour!

Nothing about my cooking is culinary correct. I do things the way I want to do them in the kitchen. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And you know, I’m okay with that. I don’t want to have to follow all the do’s and don’ts, y’all, I just want to cook and eat good food. It works for us, and I hope it works for you.

My family absolutely adored these Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Even my little 6-year old ate his with the homemade buffalo sauce. You could add the homemade buffalo sauce directly to the pulled pork, but I wanted the ability to be able to control the heat level for the children. And if you have children that can’t do spicy at all, reserve the liquid from the slow cooker, strain, and reduce in a skillet. It’s delicious, too!

Enjoy the flavors of your favorite buffalo wings with this Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe.

We had a ton leftover, even after inviting my mom and dad over to help us consume it all, so I was thinking about using the leftovers for a Buffalo Pulled Pork Bowl of some sort. I still have ideas floating around in my head. But this will happen.

In a post earlier this month I shared the Anatomy of America’s Most Mouthwatering Mashup. The data gathered from the National Pork Board gave me the inspiration for this recipe. American’s like it spicy, and since we love spicy pork, I decided to create these Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

the anatomy of america's most mouthwatering mashup

So there you go! I think these Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches will look absolutely perfect on your table tomorrow night! Just sayin’.

If you love slow cooker recipes, here are two other recipes that can be found on my site:

Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Red Potatoes

Slow Cooker Tender Pork in Red Sauce

How do you like your pork? Spicy or not?


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36 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Buffalo Pulled Pork Sandwiches”

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    This is SO up my alley. I live in Georgia, so you KNOW I’m a pulled pork lover. That looks delicious.

  2. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says:

    I’m a southern girl, so there’s nothing better than a butt smoked or in a crock pot. Add my favorite sauces and I’ll do anything! YUM!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love anything cooked in a slow cooker! These sandwiches look tasty!

  4. Pam says:

    I love pulled pork and anything I can make in a slow cooker. These look so good!

  5. Jeannette says:

    Oh my! I love pulled pork and anything spicy is good by me! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. Liz Mays says:

    One of my favorite meals! I have to try this. I’d love to have it super spicy too!

  7. Tonya says:

    I’m a fan of anything that I can prepare in a slow cooker! These sandwiches look delicious. I’d eat mine with just a bit of the Buffalo sauce though. I can always add more, right?

  8. Jeanine says:

    Oh wow. Yum. That looks absolutely incredible. I would absolutely love that, my kids too!

  9. Ellen ThatChicMom says:

    The slow cooker is my best friend, so many days we walk in the door at dinner time and I need dinner to be ready. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

  10. Michelle F. says:

    That looks so good! I love the coleslaw on top too.

  11. Marcie W. says:

    Pulled pork is one of my favorite barbeque dishes and I am sure it is extra amazing with spicy buffalo sauce. A side of homemade cole slaw is a must too!

  12. Valerie Remy-Milora says:

    I think your photos of your messy sandwich look fabulous and your recipe sounds sooo scrumptious! I love pork and I NEED a slow cooker!!!

  13. vanessa: BriteandBubbly says:

    This would be perfect to make for all those summer bbq’s. Looking forward to trying this during the summer.

  14. Chrysa Duran says:

    Spicy, please! What a delish looking recipe. I need to add it to my menu play!

  15. veronica says:

    Looks like a delicious sandwich. My sister would love this. She loves pork

  16. Debra says:

    Oh man these look good. Just perfect!

  17. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    The sandwiches look great and sound so tasty! I learned something new from you! I’ve never heard of a slow cooker liner before. I will have to look for them to make cleanup easier.

  18. Shell says:

    Yummy! I love buffalo flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Theresa says:

    I have a lot of shredded pork in my freezer right now. This sounds like the perfect recipe to use some of it up!

  20. Heather says:

    What a coincidence! We just had pulled pork sliders tonight for dinner. I’ll have to try mine with onions in it like yours. Looks great!

  21. Amanda says:

    We love our slow cooker! This sounds like a great recipe!

  22. Debbie Denny says:

    I love pulled pork. I always have preferred it over ribs.

  23. Ellen Christian says:

    The kids love pulled pork sandwiches. These definitely sound delicious!

  24. Julie says:

    My mouth is watering. I love pulled pork and I’m always looking for new recipes for my slow cooker!

  25. Mama to 5 BLessings says:

    That sounds amazing! Perfect for a nice summer picnic!

  26. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) says:

    I don’t know why you were sweating about your photos. Pulled pork sandwiches are supposed to me messy and sloppy. That means they taste GREAT!

  27. Rosey says:

    The slaw on top sure makes for a pretty picture. I bet my hubs would like this one too. I made him pulled pork sammys early in the week. ?

  28. Avry says:

    Those are drool worthy. I love a good pulled pork sandwich!

  29. Lena says:

    I was thinking of doing something new in my slow cooker – looks delicious

  30. Christie says:

    Buffalo is one of my favorite flavors. This sandwich sounds heavenly!

  31. Liz Mays says:

    It looks just terrific, Crystal! That’s my kind of sandwich for sure!

  32. Chrystal @ YUM eating says:

    I have some things that I am really good at taking pics of and other things that I just suck at. LOL I am still learning, too.

  33. valerie g says:

    I love pulled pork. I will have to make this soon. looks awesome.

  34. Melanie says:

    This looks insanely good. I need to make this soon. My kids would be thrilled.

  35. Yolanda says:

    OH my mouth is watering right now!!! I love my slow cooker and this recipe is perfect!!! Going on the menu for this week ?

  36. Erica says:

    I am from North Carolia so being a southern girl, these pulled pork sliders were right down my alley. I made these sliders Sunday for the superbowl party my husband and I hosted and they were nothing short of amazing. I made a blue cheese and bacon cole slaw that that I topped each slider with and it was a great companion for the pork. The flavors of the spicy pork and the cool blue cheese slaw married very well together and all came together on a hawaian sweet roll. My guest could not stop eatting these delicious bites of heaven. I will definitely make these again.

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