Pulled Pork Recipe with Coleslaw

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This is a pulled pork recipe I have been wanting to get on the website for some time now.. I being a Carolina native am a little partial to southern barbecue.. we put slaw on our smoked pulled pork sandwich and if you have not tried it.. well I am about to tell you how!

Smoking the Pork Shoulder


  • 8 lb Pork Butt or Picnic)
  • Spicy Rub (recipe below)
  • Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)


pulled pork recipe - Carolina styleRub the pork butt generously with spicy rub. Wrap tight in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Remove pork from refrigerator and smoke pork butt for 10-12 hours at 225 degrees or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches about 200 degrees. Shred pork by hand and place into bowl. Cover with smoky BBQ sauce. Toss and serve. May put in 170 degree oven to keep warm.

Note: This pulled pork recipe assumes you know the ins and outs of actually preparing and smoking the pork butt or picnic. If you need more details on how to prepare and smoke the pork shoulder in this recipe then go on over to the Pork Shoulder Recipe page.

Spicy Rub


  • 1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Celery Salt
  • 2 Tbsps. Granulated Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. White Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsps. Ground Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt


Sift all ingredients into bowl. Mix well.

Smoky Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Ketchipotle
  • (chipotle ketchup)
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsps. Yellow Mustard


Mix all ingredients together and simmer for 10 minutes in a sauce pan.

Note: You can also use your own bbq sauce in this pulled pork recipe or for a flavor that will knock your socks off, order my special rub and sauce recipe..

Cole Slaw recipe below..

Cole Slaw Dressing


  • 1 1/2 cups White Vinegar
  • 1 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 Tbsps. Dry Yellow Mustard Powder
  • 2 Tbsps. Celery Salt
  • 2 tsps. Ground White Pepper


Place all ingredients into stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil mixing well. Turn off fire and let cool.

Cole Slaw Mix


  • 3 heads White Cabbage (sliced thin)
  • 8 ozs. Green Pepper (julienne)
  • 8 ozs. Red Pepper (julienne)
  • 8 ozs. Red Onion (thin slice)
  • 12 ozs. Carrots (julienne)
  • 1 cup Peanut Oil
  • 2 tsps. Celery Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Cole Slaw Dressing (recipe above)


Toss all ingredients together. Let stand one hour and serve.

This pulled pork recipe makes about 8 servings.

Making the Sandwiches

Pull the pork butt into small chunks/strips and place a good heaping on bottom bun. Next put about a tablespoon of the smoky barbecue sauce on the meat. Heap some of the awesome cole slaw you made on top of that, place the top bun on and chow down.

See the picture above for a better idea of how the sandwich goes together.

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  1. Hi Jeff- I purchased your rub and tangy sauce recipe in 2011 for my mobile food truck business. I still use it to this day (doctor a couple of things) I also make your S Carolina coleslaw recipe but I noticed in your current website you have white vinegar and cider vinegar. You mean oil and cider vinegar, right?

    1. This post is one of the oldest on the website. The barbecue sauce, rub and slaw recipes were given to me when I first created the website c.2004 by someone that is no longer around and so I can’t validate the ingredients. Feel free to doctor it up as you see fit and if you find something that works better, I’m not opposed to editing the recipe or showing a modification to it.

  2. We tried your recipe this weekend. We got RAVE reviews! I couldn’t find chipolte ketchup, so I substituted chipolte picante sauce. Thanks for sharing! :))

  3. Jeff,
    Love all of your receipes.
    Look you were advertising a Masterbuilt smoker and I wanted to know if you still have it? My Bradley got destroyed by a tree top that broke off during an icestorm this year and I need a new smoker. What was the price of the one you have?
    Take care and have a great new week. Email me the info.
    Doug Weaver

  4. Hello Jeff,

    Happy holiday! We have alot of jalepeno peppers in our garden now. Can you tell me how to make Chipotle peppers(smoked jalapenos) in adobo sauce?