This West Virginia Pork Barbecue Sandwich is literally a taste of my childhood! Ready in 10 minutes!
West Virginia Pork Barbecue Sandwich
Growing up in West Virginia, cookouts always featured three main items: hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue sandwiches.
When I moved to Texas as an adult, the barbecue here confused me. I tried to order a BBQ sandwich at a renowned barbecue joint, but it was nothing like what I remembered from my childhood.
Where was the sauce??
Why were there just slabs of meat on bread??
Texas is famous for its barbecue, but nothing on the menu was recognizable to me!
In my mind, a barbecue sandwich = a soft bun piled high with barbecue pulled pork, topped with a generous heap of cole slaw…and maybe some more BBQ sauce. It’s a big sauce-y mess and it’s amazing!
Related: If you love BBQ sandwiches, be sure to try our Barbecue Mini Monte Cristo recipe too!
How to Make a West Virginia Style BBQ Pork Sandwich
Click video to watch a quick demo to make a WV style BBQ sandwich, then keep reading for full instructions:
This is my second year as an ambassador for Curly’s BBQ — they regularly send our family products to taste-test and use to create new original recipes. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love my job??)
The most recent product that appeared on our doorstep was Curly’s RoadTrip Eats West Coast Style IPA Pulled Pork.
Call it what you want, but as soon as I tasted a forkful during a brainstorming session with my husband, I was immediately transported back to the backyard cookouts of my childhood. This is the closest thing I’ve ever found out here to what we West Virginians call barbecue!
Related: We also used Curly’s IPA Pulled Pork to make “Loaded” Sweet Potato Donuts…it might sound strange, but trust me on this one!
I told my husband that I needed to make a West Virginia-style pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Just a bun, BBQ, and cole slaw.
Simple. Classic. Perfect.
Because some store-bought coleslaws are loaded with sugar (among other stuff), we whipped up a quick batch of our own.
Annnnnd, because we used Curly’s BBQ (pre-cooked and ready to go) this recipe literally takes just minutes to make!
Make it gluten free: Simply substitute gluten free buns for regular! Curly’s RoadTrip Eats West Coast Style IPA-Based Pulled Pork is already a gluten free product.
You’ve also got to try our West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls — they’re famous!
Grab a Free Printable Copy of our West Virginia Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich:
West Virginia Style Pork Barbecue Sandwich
- 1 package Curly’s RoadTrip Eats West Coast Style IPA-Based Pulled Pork
- 1 pint cole slaw sauceless
- 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 hamburger buns
- Remove Curly's BBQ from package and warm in a skillet over medium-low heat.
- While BBQ heats, add mayonnaise, juice of one lemons, vinegar, and sugar to a small mixing bowl and whisk together until well incorporated.
- Add fresh cole slaw veggies to mixing bowl with dressing and toss to coat.
- Layer buns with a generous helping of Curly's BBQ and top with cole slaw.
Disclosure: We are ambassadors for Curly’s BBQ and receive product and compensation in exchange for creating original recipes. However, this is actually a bonus recipe I created just because I love the product so much!