Spicy ‘n’ Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Buns

Bring this South Carolina classic to your kitchen with this easy and delicious and all-American BBQ favourite. Super tender, slow-cooked pulled pork inside a toasted sesame bun with crunchy red cabbage slaw definitely has to be the next recipe you try and perfect for a Summer barbecue in the garden. This recipe is a timeless classic, but with a twist. The spicy smoky BBQ sauce I serve alongside is really easy to make and it tastes better than anything you could get from a jar. These buns are always a hit and definitely a popular choice for anyone who tries it!

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Pulled Pork-

1.5 kg piece pork shoulder, boned and skin removed

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp onion salt

Spicy & Smoky BBQ Sauce- 

1 medium onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Pinch of each chilli flakes, fennel seeds and cumin seeds

A few sprigs fresh thyme

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato puree

Few drops tabasco (opt)

85g brown sugar

3 tbsp malt vinegar

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

To serve – 

8 large burger rolls – To make your own: Brush plain rolls with butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and toast in the oven for 5 minutes. 

Red Cabbage Slaw

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1. Combine the oil with the paprika, mustard powder, garlic salt and onion salt. Brush over the pork shoulder, pour a cup of water into the baking dish and cover with foil. Roast for 5 hours at 150 degrees C Fan or until falling apart. Baste every so often- to keep the meat really tender and moist. 

2. For the BBQ sauce: Fry the onion in the oil until soft (5 minutes). Then add the garlic, pinch of chilli flakes, fennel seeds, cumin seeds and thyme and cook for another minute until fragrant. Then add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, tabasco, brown sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir, then cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. You should have a thick and glossy sauce- blitz once cooked if you want a smoother sauce.

3. Once the pork has cooked for the full 5 hours, take out of the oven and using two forks, shred the meat discarding any excess fat and skin. Mix through approx. 3/4 of the BBQ sauce (use as much or as little as you like). Place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes to dry out a little or keep warm until serving.

Serve the pulled pork inside a warm toasted bun with the red cabbage slaw. Enjoy!





70 thoughts on “Spicy ‘n’ Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Buns

    • Thanks Lori! The homemade BBQ sauce is nothing like what you can buy at the supermarket, and it tastes totally different. Glad I’ve inspired you, that’s brilliant! 🙂

  1. I love pulled pork but it’s one thing I’ve never attempted to make myself, I was never really sure what to do. Perhaps now I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Thanks so much Alex! You really need to make your own soon, so good! The recipe is so straight forward, and it tastes really amazing mixed through the BBQ sauce.

    • Thanks Rosa! BBQ’s definitely are my favourite part of Summer. Simple food, that’s really tasty and easy to prepare. Glad you like the recipe!

      Un beso! x

  2. Can never go wrong with pulled pork. I’m in the same boat, love having a little spice in the sauce. Like to make a little broccoslaw and add a little sweetness to its marinade (something like honey). It’s a really nice sweet-spicy combo.

    • Thanks so much Chad! The spice really adds a little something for me. The broccoslaw sounds amazing too- definitely will try that next time I make this. Glad you like the recipe!

    • Thanks Marcie! Slaw definitely goes really well with pulled pork for sure. The sauce was totally different to any barbecue sauce you could buy and it tastes really amazing!

  3. I went to college in North Carolina and I ate so many delicious pulled pork sandwiches with slaw! I haven’t had one in so long and looking at these are bring back a lot of great food memories! I think it is about time I eat one soon 🙂

    • That’s really interesting Izzy, so I bet you ate lots of amazing Carolina food! Glad to hear the recipe bought back some great memories for you- definitely give the recipe a go, you’ll love it! 🙂

  4. The american way of life is in your blog! I love your BBQ buguer ! It looks so gourmand ! The photos are a colour very nice.

  5. A pulled pork sandwich is one of those foods that just makes me happy. I have some pork that I need to make and this sounds perfect. Thanks!

  6. Jess, pulled pork is right at the top of my ‘food bucket list’. Every time I see a recipe for it my mouth starts watering … and this time is no different, especially as it’s nearly dinner time at our house! That BBQ sauce sounds magical. 🙂

    • Thanks Helen! You definitely would love pulled pork, really easy to make and tastes perfect part of a Summer BBQ. The homemade sauce for me tasted so much better than your regular barbecue sauce- the spicy hit really is the best! 🙂

  7. Most of the time I eat healthy: fish or chicken, plenty of veg, slow carbs etc. But oh I also love to induldge and when i do, I DO – and this would be just the recipe for it: yum, all that gorgous meat in a light and fluffy bun. Tasty!

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