Cooking at Home - Pulled Pork Sandwich with Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

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Published Friday, April 19, 2019

Makes:   8 Servings 

Cook time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Pork shoulder is slow cooked and served on a whole wheat roll with tangy red cabbage and carrot slaw. 


  • 1 half pork shoulder (bone-in)
  • 1 1/2 cups cider or white vinegar (or a combination of both)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 100% whole wheat dinner rolls or slider buns

For the Carrot Slaw:

  • 1 head red cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 carrots (scrubbed and shredded)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Pulled Pork:

  1. Put everything in the slow cooker and turn the heat to medium. Cook, undisturbed, for 8 hours or until it is fork-tender (about 190 degrees with a meat thermometer).
  2. Remove the pork from the slow cooker but keep the liquid. While still hot, use two forks to shred the meat. Remove any fat found between the shreds.
  3. Skim as much fat as possible from the liquid in the slow cooker. Add about 1 cup of the cooking liquid to the shredded pork.

Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw:

  1. Put the shredded cabbage and carrots in a bowl.
  2. Mix the canola oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir or whisk well.
  3. Add the dressing to the cabbage mixture and coat thoroughly.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of pulled pork to each roll or bun and top with 1/2 cup cabbage and carrot slaw.  Serve right away.  


  • 1 bag coleslaw mix can be used instead of red cabbage.
  • Leftovers can be served with brown rice or wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. 

Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Nutrition Information

Nutrients Amount

Calories 487 

Total Fat 28 g

Saturated Fat 8 g

Cholesterol 140 mg

Sodium 454 mg

Total Carbohydrate 14 g

Dietary Fiber 3 g

Total Sugars 6 g

Added Sugars included 1 g

Protein 42 g

Vitamin D 2 mcg

Calcium 93 mg

Iron 4 mg

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