Ultimate Pulled Pork Burger Recipe

A Savory Delight of Tender Pulled Pork, Tangy BBQ Sauce, and Crunchy Coleslaw
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Get ready to sink your teeth into the ultimate pulled pork burger! This recipe is a savory symphony of flavors, combining succulent slow-cooked pork, tangy BBQ sauce, and a crisp, refreshing coleslaw. Perfect for any occasion, this burger is sure to become a household favorite.


Pulled pork has a rich history in American cuisine, particularly in the Southern United States. Traditionally, it involves slow-cooking pork over low heat for several hours, often in a smoker, to achieve its tender, “pulled” texture. This method dates back to Native American cooking techniques and has evolved over centuries to become a beloved staple in barbecue culture.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve these pulled pork burgers with a side of sweet potato fries or a light, tangy cucumber salad. To elevate the experience, consider adding a slice of melted cheddar or pepper jack cheese. Garnish the burgers with extra pickles and jalapeños for an added crunch and a bit of heat. Pair with a cold, crisp beverage like a light beer or a refreshing iced tea.

Storing Instructions:

Store any leftover pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, place the pulled pork in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. The coleslaw can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two days.

Reheating Instructions:

To reheat the pulled pork, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the pork in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and heat for about 20 minutes or until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot.


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Ultimate Pulled Pork Burger Recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 8 hrs Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 8 Calories: 550 per serving
Best Season: Summer


This ultimate pulled pork burger is a culinary masterpiece, featuring slow-cooked pork shoulder infused with a blend of smoky spices and a hint of sweetness from Coca Cola. The tender, shredded pork is smothered in a rich BBQ sauce and topped with a vibrant, creamy coleslaw. Nestled between toasted brioche buns and garnished with pickles, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro, this burger is an explosion of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more. Perfect for gatherings or a special dinner, this recipe is sure to impress!


Prepare the Pulled Pork

  1. Mix

    Mix the brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Rub this mixture all over the pork shoulder.

  2. Place
    Place the pork shoulder in a slow cooker. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, Coca Cola, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, honey, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Cook

    Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the pork is tender and easily shredded with a fork.

Make the BBQ Sauce

  1. Combine
    In a saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, brown sugar, American mustard, and honey.
  2. Simmer

    Simmer over medium heat until the sauce thickens, about 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the Coleslaw

  1. Combine

    In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, carrot, and red onion.

  2. Mix

    In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, grain mustard, and lemon juice. Pour this dressing over the vegetables and toss to combine.

Assemble the Burgers

  1. Shred

    Shred the cooked pork and mix it with the BBQ sauce.

  2. Toast

    Toast the brioche buns.

  3. Place

    Place a generous amount of pulled pork on the bottom half of each bun.

  4. Top

    Top with coleslaw, pickles, sliced jalapeños, and fresh cilantro.

  5. Cover

    Cover with the top half of the bun and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 550kcal
Calories from Fat 225kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g39%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 100mg34%
Sodium 1200mg50%
Total Carbohydrate 45g15%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: Pulled pork burger, BBQ pulled pork, slow-cooked pork, coleslaw, brioche buns, homemade BBQ sauce, savory burger, tender pork, summer recipe, party food


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Can I use a different cut of pork?

Yes, pork shoulder or pork butt is ideal for this recipe due to its fat content, which keeps the meat tender and flavorful. However, you can use pork loin if you prefer a leaner option, though it may be less juicy.

Can I cook the pork in an oven instead of a slow cooker?

Absolutely. You can cook the pork in a covered roasting pan at 150°C (300°F) for about 4-5 hours or until it is tender enough to shred.

What can I use as a substitute for Coca Cola?

You can substitute Coca Cola with root beer or Dr. Pepper for a similar flavor profile. For a less sweet option, try using a dark beer or beef broth.

Is there a vegetarian alternative for this recipe?

For a vegetarian version, substitute the pulled pork with jackfruit. It has a similar texture and can be cooked with the same seasonings and sauce for a delicious alternative.

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  1. Aisling
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    Seriously worth the long wait, I wish I could eat this every single day. Burger on a next level, wow!