North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 21, 2009

This recipe can now be found exclusively in The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebekah May 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm

this makes me long for home like you can’t imagine. I’m from NC and you just can’t find good bbq where I am now. thanks for posting it!


FitFoodie May 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Yum! I LOVE Pulled pork :)


The Crazy Suburban Mom May 22, 2009 at 6:39 am

This looks DELISH! I want to make this right now… and I actually have some shredded beef. I may divide it up and use half for a bar-b -q :)



Betsy May 22, 2009 at 7:52 am

Slaw on sandwiches is the only way to eat them! Yum.


Mary Ellen (Carolina Momma) May 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

Yum! I think NC has the best barbeque! Of course, I’m a bit partial :)


Erin May 22, 2009 at 8:25 am

I might have to go to bat for TX here! I grew up there and LOVE the BBQ down there! There’s nothing like it here in OH!


Hope :) May 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

Oh, this looks fantastic! Can’t wait to give it a try! :)


Wendy Stonebraker May 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

I was wondering if you have tips for people trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup from their diets while eating frugally?

I ask because in this recipe alone the mayo and BBQ sauce have it…please help!!! It’s a daunting task.



Erin May 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

I used Miracle whip which does not have HFCS. I have tried a BBQ sauce without it, but Kraft does have it. I think it was Montgomery Inn brand??? Just read all the labels or look in the natural/organic section of your store. This recipe didn’t use that much BBQ sauce…just enough to coat the pork.


carrie May 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

Oh I can’t believe you posted a pulled pork recipe without my eastern NC expertise!! hahaha!! lol… Actually all we use down here in my part of the state is a sauce made of cider vinegar, salt, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce! Don’t tell anybody you used a tomato based barbecue sauce, they’d hurt you! haha!! just kidding! Your pic is great, boy i’d love a sandwich like that for lunch!! ;-)


Erin May 22, 2009 at 10:22 am

LOL! Well, I’m not from NC and have only been there once! I’m just “told” they put slaw on their sandwiches!


Jenelle May 22, 2009 at 11:47 am


I work very diligently to keep my budget in check AND keep HFCS out of my family’s diet. I have found the best way to do this is to simply make as many things as I can myself. We now make our own Mayo (just eggs and canola oil, and it only takes a few minutes to whip up) and my husband has started making our BBQ sauce. The added bonus. It all tasts 100% better then anything you could ever buy in a store. Here’s the BBQ sauce recipe:

one up of Jack Daniels, reduced down to 1/4 or 1/8 (or you could use apple juice)

one can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of ketchup*
1/2 cup of molasses
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Flavored Rice Wine Vinegar
1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder and Onion powder to taste. So something along the lines of
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic powder
1 tbsp Onion powder

Reduce the Jack down, pour in all the rest of the stuff, let it simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.

Viola, really good bbq sauce.

*Most Ketchups have HFCS. I have found a wonderful organic one at Trader Joe’s and it is only $1.25 a bottle!


Erin May 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Trader Joes is our favorite ketchup too!


Meredith from Merchant Ships May 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Love this meal–and the photograph!

I bought Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce at Kroger recently. Not only was it cheap, it contained no HFCS.

It’s tough because even if you make your own sauce, chances are that your ingredients still contain HFCS, too.


Erin May 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

All photography props go right back to you my dear Meredith!

Used all your pointers for that photo!


Mom Of Faith May 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

WoW! That photo looks fabulous! Don’t even get me started on the sammys…I’m from the South and this makes me long for NC and some good ol’BBQ. Love that this is such an affordable option to take out BBQ places!


Lana J May 23, 2009 at 8:17 am

this looks wonderfully delicious! I love your website. How nice of you to help others
save money on our meals!!


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