{Slow Cooker} Memphis BBQ Pork Pitas with Southwest Slaw

{Slow Cooker} Memphis BBQ Pork Pitas with Southwest Slaw – This juicy pork is slathered in BBQ sauce, then stuffed into pitas with a tangy Southwest slaw!


Meet my new best friend, the slow cooker. He is loyal, honest, has rock-solid work ethic, and is one heck of a listener. I tend to think out loud. So my slow cooker gets an earful in the mornings before I head off to work. Thankfully he hasn’t told me to keep my rants and musings to myself yet. Until he does, I will continue vocally sorting through my endless tangled thoughts in the kitchen with no shame.

My slow cooker and I have been bonding lately. Bonding via Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas, Barbecue Chicken Salads, and possibly the best Quesadillas ever known to mankind.


And now we have bonded over pork shoulder. A first attempt…and an epic success.  Excellent teamwork I must say. This pork is tender and juicy, saucy and soooooo yummy. Not to mention versatile. Pork tacos anyone?

But can I make a shout for the slaw? That sassy slaw doing it’s southwestern thang alongside that juicy pork? It’s good. Really really good. My husband and I generally don’t do slaw. It’s not our thing. A possible reason being the sweetness. It’s just never done much for either of us. But this slaw…. like I said before, it’s got sass. It’s not your sugary-sweet, beat-around-the bush slaw. No, it’s the get-in-your-face, make a first impression, BAM kind of slaw. The kind I’d eat with a fork. With or without a pita pocket stuffed with juicy Memphis barbecue pork.

But don’t get so caught up in the slaw that you forget the pork. It’s still kind of an integral part of these Memphis BBQ Pork Pitas…


{Slow Cooker} Memphis Pork Pitas with Southwest Slaw
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This juicy pork is slathered in a sweet and sassy Memphis -style barbecue sauce, then stuffed into pita sandwich pockets alongside a tangy Southwest slaw. The best part (other than the amazing taste) is that the pork cooks all day and is ready to go when dinner time rolls around... perfect for the busy chef!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 8 pita sandwich pockets
For the Pork
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder (about 5 pounds)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ⅔ cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
For the Slaw
  • 4 cups broccoli slaw
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
{For the Pork}
  1. Season pork shoulder with salt and pepper to taste. Place in slow cooker.
  2. Mix together salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, prepared mustard, and chili powder. Reserve about ½ cup sauce, set aside. Pour remaining sauce over pork and cook on low 6-8 hours.
{For the Slaw}
  1. Mix together broccoli slaw, prepared mustard, white vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and salt. Add red onions and toss to combine. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. About 30 minutes before serving, shred pork with two forks. When ready to serve, stuff each pita pocket with about ½ cup shredded pork and ⅓ cup slaw. Drizzle with reserved barbecue sauce.

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Tiffany these look amazing! I wish I would have had them for lunch, yum, yum! Pinned 🙂

    Oh you should eat at my house then! Ha! Thanks Emily!! 🙂

Right, I really need to get a slow cooker! These look delicious, I love the look of textures and colours 🙂

    Yes yes yes, you need a slow cooker!!Get one, use it, love it, thank me later 😉 These pitas were so easy and sooooo good, double win! Thanks Aimee!!

What a photo, gave me an instant craving! I have been resisting a slow cooker, but I must have it right now, just because of this recipe.

Gah! I waaaaaant these tacos!! They look insanely delicious!!

    Thanks Jocelyn!! I totally made a slaw-fan out of my hubby with these babies!!

Dying to try these!

Looks like a great recipe! Any recommendations for how to substitute chicken?

    I would try it exactly the same but with 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts!

Those wraps look so good!

I was wandering for the slaw can you use regular slaw mix instead of the broccoli slaw mix, we don’t care that much for broccoli. Thanks so much and can’t wait to try this looks so good.

    You can definitely use regular slaw mix!! Just don’t use a packaged dressing if it comes with the slaw!

I made these today, and they were phenomenal! I did a 2.5 pound pork shoulder (there are only two of us) but with the same amount of sauce, adding in an extra tablespoon of brown sugar for good measure :). My husband and I both loved the recipe- I’m already excited for leftovers! Thanks!

    Do you remember how long you cooked it for? I, too, will be cooking for two so there for using 2.5 pounds.Thank you 🙂

I’m featuring this deliciousness on my blog this month. Swing by for a look—you’ll find it under simple subsistence as of 8/16.

This was amazing. I served it in tortillas because I didn’t have pitas but everyone loved it. Just the right amount of heat!

    Oh yum, this would be great in tortillas!!