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Copycat Tarheel BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

By: Tess Gardner from Slow Cooking Kitchen
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This is a copycat recipe of the original Tar-heel BBQ Restaurant classic pulled pork sandwich. It's moist, tangy and slow cooked to perfection. Slow cooker recipes for pulled pork are simply the best way to enjoy this savory BBQ. Enjoy the special homemade BBQ sauce and country cole slaw side for a complete meal.


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Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time9 hr

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • --For BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 pint cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • --For the Pulled Pork:
  • 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes


  1. For BBQ Sauce:

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended; set aside.

  3. For Pulled Pork:

  4. Place pork shoulder in 6 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with seasonings and top with water. Cook on high for one hour then reduce temperature to low for 5 hours.

  5. Remove pork shoulder and “pull” pork into shreds. Return to slow cooker. Add BBQ sauce and cook on high for remaining hour of cook time. Serve on a bun, with coleslaw atop, or on the side. Enjoy!

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The Tarheel BBQ pulled pork recipe sounds wonderful. I love pulled pork and this is the recipe that I first had in North Carolina. Sounds like it is easy to put together and I know that this pulled pork recipe is excellent. I can't wait to try it and serve to friends and family.

This is in no way Eastern North Carolina or Piedmont (Lexington Style) BBQ sauce. Sorry but you are way off!


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