These BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches are one of my favorite recipes! They’re Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and easy! They’ll kiss your tongue with just the right amount of heat, zing, and sweetness!
There’s just something magical about barbeque during the summertime. Don’t get me wrong, BBQ-based recipes are always welcome here, but when you make something as special as these Paleo slow-cooker BBQ pulled pork sandwiches during the summer months, it just makes your taste buds tingle!
Try not to drool over the excellence of these pictures, by the way (courtesy of Michael Estafo Photography A.K.A. Michael’s magnificent photography).
If you haven’t ready my ‘About’ section you probably are wondering whom this Michael person is. Well, he can be considered many great things, but my favorites are: my older brother, best friend, and roommate. I have a few choice nicknames for him that you’ll soon recognize, like, Miguel. Since he’s the greatest, he’ll most likely be in all my posts.
Back to the BBQ pulled pork; it deserves all the attention today. I’ve been making these sandwiches for years! Let me share with you some of my sinless secrets behind these bad boys.
Number one: The type of pork you purchase affects the deliciousness. If you go online and browse through the thousands of millions of recipes, you’ll find an array of different pork cuts to use. Well, everyone has different preferences when it comes to meat, so I won’t tell you you’re wrong for using a different cut than I do. If your taste buds are crying out for a pork roast or shoulder over a pork loin then go for it! However, you absolutely MUST buy a good quality of meat. Pulled pork is a dang good meal; you don’t want to be stingy and buy a poor quality of meat. You’ll upset the sandwiches, you guys!
Number two: The type of buns you buy are important. They’re the brilliant pillows that make these things eatable—the wonderful inventions used to place the sandwich perfectly between two hands and shoved into your mouth. What would you do without them? I don’t know. But I do know one thing. No matter what you do, use your favorite buns—ones that can handle a load, if you know what I mean. There are no skimpy serving sizes here. I normally would buy some healthy whole-wheat buns at the store, but since Michael is gluten-free now, I made these super tasty and easy gluten-free buns for the second time now: Faithfully Gluten Free: Hamburger Buns and they turned out totally awesome! It’s a little more work, but, come on, you can’t get much better than homemade buns.
Number three: It’s all about the BBQ sauce. This is kinda tricky, because, again, everyone likes a different taste to their BBQ. If you’re one of those people who like a slightly sweet sauce with just the right amount of tang and a hint of spiciness that lingers on the tip of your tongue then you gotta try out my Sinless BBQ Sauce! It’s sinlessly delicious. However, if you like more of a spicy, hot BBQ sauce or if you’re a tangy tiger then feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce.
Now that you understand the necessities of a perfectly succulent BBQ pulled pork sandwich, it’s time to discuss the ease of this dish. It seems like it would be a lot of work, but no. I’m here to make it easy for you. Aside from the ingredients, you’ll need a slow-cooker, bowl, and some measuring spoons and cups. Sound simple enough?
What I usually do is make the BBQ sauce the night before and let it marinate with the pork overnight in a large plastic bag, allowing it to absorb all the yummy flavors! Alternatively, you can just put some plastic wrap over the top of the bowl you used to make the sauce and place it in the refrigerator, or you can store it in an airtight container or Mason jar. If you follow my method, all you have to do in the morning is place the pork neatly in the bottom of your slow-cooker and pour that BBQ goodness all over the top—until it’s no longer visible. Drench that pork! Lastly, set the temperature on low and let it to cook for 9-10 hours, permitting it to fall apart in tender richness as you try to fork it outta there.
Slow cooking for 9-10 hours also has another benefit; it permeates a stomach-growling BBQ smell throughout your house all day!!
Here’s the experience you’ll induce when others see you prepare the finished product:
All the sudden your eyes get wide in ecstasy, your dopamine levels escalade to altitudes that are unfathomable, and your whole body eases in weightlessness. Your surroundings blur out—the noises you once found audible turn to a mute—your only focus is: “How can I get my hands on one of those BBQ pulled pork sandwiches?”
True story. It happens. Everyone has a food weakness and I think this is a common one.
There’s one last note before I go. These BBQ pulled pork sandwiches are messy. They’re the type of sandwich that, as you’re savoring a nice big bite, the juices will gracefully flow down your forearms. The sauce will nestle in the base of your lightly toasted buns, bringing out a perfect softness to its slight crunch. So, that being said, you will need napkins. LOTS of napkins. Actually … just save the environment and use a cloth napkin.
I hope you enjoy the very first sinless secret dinner recipe, unlocked exclusively on Sabrina’s Sinless Secrets! Comment and let me know how these BBQ pulled pork sandwiches turn out, or if you have any questions for me. 🙂 By the way, those are my oven-baked fries in the pictures that will soon be available. 😉
After preferably 10 hours, take off that lid and sniff in the overwhelming BBQ aroma! Take two forks and shred the super tender pork loin to your liking and serve up! Enjoy! 🙂
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin
- ¼ cup low-sodium beef broth or water
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup sliced red onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon course black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Easy Paleo BBQ Sauce
- Take out the pork and trim the fat, if needed. You can also poke a few holes in the pork.
- Rub olive oil all over the pork loin and add the seasonings, massaging into the pork.
- Place into a large plastic bag with the beef broth or water.
- BBQ Sauce:
- In a small bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together; in a large bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients.
- Combine the dry ingredients into the large bowl containing the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Pour the BBQ sauce into the bag of pork and allow it to marinate overnight, seeping in all the lip-smacking BBQ flavor! Alternatively, store the sauce in an airtight container or mason jar, or cover the bowl you used to make it with plastic wrap.
- In the morning, place the pork into your slow-cooker, spooning the BBQ sauce all over the top of the pork. Set the temperature on low and cook for 9-10 hours.
- After preferably 10 hours, take off that lid and sniff in the overwhelming BBQ aroma! Take two forks and shred the super tender pork loin to your liking and serve up! Enjoy! 🙂