Pulled Pork Burger with Special Sauce

If there's one thing that Southerners know, it’s their cooking. Don't even think of breathing the word 'calories' when you're talking to someone from the South about their eating habits. In the South, good food is good food. And, that's the end of it!

If you were raised in a Southern family, you likely remember all of those amazing, rich, and sometimes fattening foods that you grew up on. This is the land where Grandma kept used bacon grease in an old coffee can on the stove for seasoning almost anything. And, it was always amazing!

One claim-to-fame for many Southerners is great barbecue. And, they're right! They have mastered the mouthwatering art of slow-roasting nearly any perfectly seasoned piece of meat until it literally falls apart.

Here's an amazing recipe for pulled pork with a special sauce that packs a little kick creating a unique, Southern BBQ burger.

Pulled Pork Burger with Special Sauce

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Pulled Pork Burger with Special Sauce

Here's an amazing recipe for pulled pork with a special sauce that packs a little kick creating a unique, Southern BBQ burger.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 507kcal
Author Joss D


For the pulled pork:

  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 lbs. boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 ½ cups carrots, largely diced
  • 1 ½ cups leek, chopped and rinsed in cool water to remove grit
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 can dark beer
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. mustard
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. hickory BBQ sauce
  • Salt and pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper

For the hamburger:

  • 8 burger buns
  • Watercress, chopped
  • Tomatoes, sliced


  • Slow cooker


  • Heat a deep pot at high temperature. Add the canola oil and the pork, and sear the sides until you get a nice brown/golden color .
  • Once it’s golden, place the pork in a slow cooker with all of the other ingredients.
  • Cook at high temperature in the slow cooker for approximately 4 hours, always covered.
  • For the special sauce, mix the mayonnaise with the apple cider vinegar, cumin powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker. Shred the pork with two forks.
  • Place all the cooking liquid and the vegetables in a blender and pulse until you get a soft mix.
  • Pour mix over the shredded pork and combine well. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  • Assemble the burgers with the watercress, tomato slices, pulled pork and special mayo.
Nutrition Facts
Pulled Pork Burger with Special Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 507 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 828mg35%
Potassium 883mg25%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 4295IU86%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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The dark beer and hickory in the pork really compliment the sweetness of the honey, bringing a perfect balance to this traditional sandwich. Throw in a bit of watercress for originality and top it with a little bit of 'tang' and you've got yourself a true masterpiece of a sandwich. 

You could even use this recipe for the pork on any boneless piece of meat and create your own original BBQ sensation. Better yet, offer this sandwich in a buffet style setting served with a variety of traditional BBQ sauces, spicy and mild, for your guests to choose from.

And, don't forget the bread! Any bread, really! Pick your favorite or pick a few. Mix it up and have some fun. This Pulled Pork Burger could just be the start of one of many future inspirations.

Hungry for more? Try our Electric Skillet Cornbread

Pulled Pork Burger with Special Sauce. Here's an amazing recipe for pulled pork with a special sauce that packs a little kick creating a unique, Southern BBQ burger.

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