BBQ Pulled Pork Burgers

These American style burgers call for tender, slow-cooked pork layered with slaw and BBQ sauce. The ideal comfort food on a rainy day.


For the burgers:

  • 2.5kg pork shoulder, boned and skinned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • Brioche buns, to serve

For the slaw:

  • 250ml mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 whit cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 200g ketchup
  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • 100g dark muscavado sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 15g butter


  1. Begin by heating your oven to 150°C / 130°C / Gas Mark 2, and heat a large non-stick frying pan. Rub the pork with 2 tbsp of olive oil, then sear the pork on all sides until golden brown. Place the joint on a wire rack in a roasting tin.
  2. Mix together the paprika, mustard powder, garlic salt, onion salt and some black pepper. Brush this mixture all over the meat.
  3. Pour a cupful of water into the roasting tin, cover tightly with foil, and cook for around 5 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, make the slaw by whisking together the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, mustard and celery salt in a small bowl. Add the cabbage, carrots, onion and celery. Mix well, cover with cling film, and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  5. To make the BBQ sauce, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to the boil. Allow it to bubble away gently for 3 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce is glossy. Remove from the heat, pour into a jar and leave to cool.
  6. Once the pork has cooked, drain away the juices from the meat, and shred to the pork using two forks.
  7. Assemble your burgers by piling the meat into the buns, then top with the slaw and the bbq sauce. Sandwich together and tuck in!

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