Memphis-Style Pulled Pork with Old-Fashioned Coleslaw

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork with Old-Fashioned Coleslaw

Active Time

30 minutes

Total Time

8 hours, 30 minutes

Serving Size



  • Memphis-Style Pulled Pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 (14 oz) cans reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (18 oz) bottle Memphis-style barbecue sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless Boston butt pork roast (about 3 ½ lb)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 6 bakery French (or regular) hamburger buns
  • Old-Fashioned Coleslaw
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (16 oz) bag shredded coleslaw mix

Cooking sequence

  1. Prepare pork and begin to slow cook (6–8 hours)
  2. Complete pork and sauce and prepare coleslaw; serve (20 minutes)

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork

  1. Cut onion into thick slices; place in slow cooker with garlic cloves. Add broth, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and pepper to slow cooker and stir to combine; add pork roast gently (wash hands). Cover and cook on HIGH 6–8 hours until pork is fork-tender and 145°F.
  2. Remove pork from slow cooker. Combine cornstarch and water until blended; stir into sauce mixture in slow cooker and bring to a boil. Boil 4–5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  3. Shred pork using 2 forks. Split buns, if needed. Strain sauce into medium bowl (discard onions and garlic). Serve pork on sandwich rolls topped with sauce. (Pork makes 6 servings; sauce makes 24 servings.)

Old-Fashioned Coleslaw

  1. Whisk vinegar, sugar, and celery seeds in medium bowl until blended. Add mayonnaise, salt, and pepper; whisk until smooth.
  2. Stir in coleslaw mix until evenly coated. Chill until ready to serve. (Stir before serving.)

Apron's advice

Complete your meal with French fries, sweet tea, and apple pie for dessert.

The coleslaw can be made a day in advance; just stir before serving and enjoy.

Nutritional information

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork
Amount per ⅙ pork and 1/24 sauce serving: Calories 630, Total Fat 29.00g, Sat Fat 10.00g, Trans Fat 0.00g, Chol 160mg, Sodium 760mg, Total Carb 41g, Fiber 1.00g, Sugars 10g, Protein 52g, Calc 4%, Vit A 0%, Vit C 0%, Iron 30%

Old-Fashioned Coleslaw
Amount per ⅙ recipe serving: Calories 80, Total Fat 4.50g, Sat Fat 0.50g, Trans Fat 0.00g, Chol 5mg, Sodium 230mg, Total Carb 9g, Fiber 2.00g, Sugars 3g, Protein 1g, Calc 2%, Vit A 0%, Vit C 0%, Iron 0%