Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I have learned to love pulled pork since I worked at Legends Grille on BYU campus. One of my favorites was my altered Cubano sandwich – because I didn’t really like pickles or mustard I would make it with the pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese and top it all with barbeque sauce.

We got 50% off a meal every day if we wanted it, so somedays it was hard to resist the delish sandwiches, pizzas or salads. And my altered cubano came at least a weekly regular for me.

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is not that sandwich, but this barbeque pulled pork is still perfection. You cook the pork all day long in your crock pot in some tasty spices, drain it, shred it and add some bbq sauce and enjoy it on top of some yummy rolls. Its an easy meal and its delicious.

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • 2-3 lbs boneless pork roast (you can use pork shoulder, pork tenderloin, or whatever)
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 oz rootbeer (1 can)
  • 1 TBS beef bouillon
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • ¼ cup sweet mesquite seasoning
  • 1 to 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • Rolls
  1. Combine water, rootbeer, beef bouillon, minced garlic and sweet mesquite seasoning in a medium sized bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Put pork in your crock pot and pour liquid mixture over the top.
  3. Cook in your crock pot on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. Drain the liquid from your crock pot.
  5. Remove any large pieces of fat.
  6. Shred pork using 2 forks.
  7. Add desired amount of bbq sauce to the pork and stir.
  8. Cut rolls in half and put desired amount of pork on bread.
  9. Top with additional barbecue sauce if wanted.


Enjoy these delicious barbequey pork sandwiches!

Ps. Its international picnic day and these would be the perfect addition to your summer picnic!

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


  1. I cannot find the Kirklands sweet mesquite seasoning and in fact I can’t find any sweet mesquite seasoning. Is there anything else I could use instead?

    1. Sorry Sarah, maybe they don’t sell that kind at Costco anymore. McCormick also has Mesquite seasoning, and you should be able to find that at some place like Target, or Walmart. But if you can’t find anything, I’d just leave it out and add just a little bit of salt. The bbq sauce, root beer and bouillon should give the pork a nice flavor still (even without it)

  2. I know this post is a little old but i just happened to stumble upon it. Your version of a cuban sandwich sounds amazing. Is that something that could be used with this pulled pork recipe? By simply just adding the cheese and grilling a thick piece of ham?

    1. This pork will have bbq sauce mixed in, where the pork on my cuban sandwich was just smoked and then topped with bbq sauce. So this one might have a stronger bbq flavor, but if you don’t add the extra bbq in the end and just do the cheese and ham, I liked lettuce on it too, then I think it would taste delicious! Let me know if you try it!

  3. Marianne VanWulfen · · Reply

    The answer to my question maybe so obvious I am embarrassed to ask but……is the BBQ sauce added to the “liquids” and poured over pork with water, etc.?

    1. Sorry for not clarifying what to do with the BBQ sometimes I type a recipe quickly and forget to double check it. I edited the recipe accordingly, but you add the bbq sauce after the pork is all cooked and shredded.

  4. how many sandwiches does it make

    1. It really depends how big of sandwiches you are making. If you are putting them on small hawaiian rolls or if you are putting them on big hamburger buns the number will be very different. I think it probably made at least 20

  5. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! · · Reply

    I love the little buns that you used :) Cute! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #18!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  6. Do you taste the rootbeer once cooked?

    1. I can’t taste the rootbeer when its cooked at all. I’ve tried some recipes where you only add rootbeer and nothing else and I didn’t like the strong rootbeer flavor, but with the bouillon and water it mellows the flavor out a lot, just how I like it.

      If you aren’t a fan of rootbeer you could always try coke or dr. pepper instead, but like I said the flavor is very subtle.

  7. Next time I am trying rootbeer while cooking it for sure!

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