Wendy’s Pulled Pork Sandwich Copycat Recipe


If you love pulled pork, you’re going to love the Wendy’s pulled pork sandwich, layered with tasty crispy Cole slaw on a delicious brioche bun. And if you can’t get enough pulled pork from their sandwich, you can try their pulled pork natural cut fries too. They’re topped with cheddar cheese sauce, smoked pulled pork, and topped with diced red onions.

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Like many restaurants Wendy’s offers limited time menu items to keep their customer’s interests. And who wouldn’t agree, it’s fun to try new things! Barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and barbecue pulled pork cheese fries have been some of their limited time offers that they’ve brought back.

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Wendy’s BBQ masters learned to create some of America’s best BBQ from the experts. They learned that it’s best to apply the barbecue sauce drizzling it on top of the meat right before it’s served, and taking it a step further and allowing guest to choose from one of three barbecue flavors including smoky, sweet, or spicy. This BBQ is the real deal and will not disappoint.

Wendy’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich REVIEW!

If you’ve tried the limited time Wendy’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, you might like to give it your own review. But we think it’s really good and you can replicate its wonderful flavor in your home kitchen. We hope you’ll decide to give it a try.

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Wendy’s Brings Back Loaded Cheese Fries in the Best Way Ever

At some time or another, you might have had Wendy’s loaded cheese fries. You know their delicious fries that are topped with chili and cheese sauce. If you like loaded fries and pulled pork, you’re going to want to try making their pulled pork cheese fries. They’re delicious.

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Reviews for the pulled pork cheese fries tend to be favorable as well. To make these at home, just make homemade deep fried or baked fries as you normally would. Then add your tender pulled pork on top, along with your favorite barbecue sauce, cheese sauce and diced red onions for the perfect copycat.

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The suggested retail for the Wendy’s BBQ pulled pork sandwich is just under $5. But you can make it at home for less and in a much larger quantity. And you can custom make it however you like it best.

Wendy’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Review

Our review of the Wendy’s pulled pork copycat recipe is that it’s delicious, easy to make, and is one that lovers of barbecue pulled pork will return to. The added crispy Cole slaw gives the perfect addition and pairing of flavors.

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Wendy’s goes BBQ pork crazy

Not only does Wendy’s carry barbecue pulled pork sandwiches as a limited time offer, but some might say they’re going BBQ pork crazy. On their limited time menu, they offer pulled pork fries. If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, you might enjoy trying the loaded fries. We’ll tell you how below.

BBQ Pulled Pork Fries

There are many ways to make pulled pork fries. But, we’re most interested in making a copycat Wendy’s version. To make Wendy’s BBQ Pulled Pork Fries, you’ll need French fries (homemade or frozen both work), diced red onion, cheese sauce, pulled pork, barbecue sauce.

Simply cook the French fries them top them with all the warmed toppings. Drizzle with barbecue sauce, serve warm and enjoy.


We recommend trying our copycat pulled pork recipe sometime instead of dining out. We think you’ll be pleased. Though there are benefits to dining out, there are also benefits to dining at home. And this recipe is stiff competition. The bonus is that you might have leftovers to enjoy later.


If you want to make our recipe in an instant pot, you can follow the instructions for the ingredients and preparation. The only difference is how you use your instant pot to do the cooking.

We recommend preparing your brine as instructed in our recipe, then brown the pork as recommended on the stovetop.

Stir in chicken stock and 4 tablespoons vinegar, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high and set time for 40 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Remove pork shoulder, shred, serve drizzled with barbecue sauce.

Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe

Everyone knows the perfect pulled pork recipe is the one that creates a juicy, tender, and tasty pork. It’s usually one that’s roasted at a low temperature for a longer length of time.

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What is the best cut of pork for pulled pork?

We recommend using a lean pork shoulder. Remove any excess fat before cooking the meat. Pork butt will also work for pulled pork.

Pulled Pork Recipe Equipment

The main thing that’s needed to make Wendy pulled pork is a Dutch oven. We like to cook our pulled pork in a cast iron Dutch oven for the best results. It makes for some delicious meat.

Roasting Pan

Prepare your roasting pan by tempering it with some canola oil use a tablespoon or so of oil and rub it around the bottom of the pan and up the sides before adding the meat.

Brining Bag

A brining bag is not needed for our Wendy pulled pork recipe. Our recipe will provide an excellent outcome without this added step.

Meat Thermometer

We recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat before removing it from the oven. Even though our recipe calls for cutting it into chunks before cooking it so that it will cook more evenly, you’ll still want to be sure the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees before you take it out of the oven.

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Step 1: The Pulled Pork Rub

The first step is to prepare the pulled pork rub. You’ll want to mix together these dry ingredients and seasonings and then rub them on the pork that’s been cut into large chunks.

Dry Rub Ingredients

To make the rub mix together salt, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, ground mustard, cumin, black pepper. Once mixed, rub the pork chunks with the mixture.

Step 2: The Pork Shoulder Brine

The second step is the to make the pork shoulder brine. The brine includes flavoring and acidic ingredients to maximize the flavor of the meat.  

Brine Solution Ingredients

We use chicken stock and apple cider vinegar to make the brine solution. This is added to the pork after it’s been browned for a few minutes on the stovetop.

Step 3: Preparing the Pork Shoulder

We recommend cutting the pork shoulder into large chunks before cooking it. This will allow it to cook more evenly and more rapidly.

Why 200 degrees?

Pulled pork is best when cooked low and slow as the saying goes. We use 275 degrees as our recipe temperature. It will give you the most tender and flavorful results for an unbeatable pulled pork.

Planning Ahead

The perfect pulled pork is one that’s planned ahead. It’s hard to achieve a good pulled pork when you’re in a hurry and you throw a pork shoulder in the oven, crank it up and cook it quickly. The best pulled pork is planned ahead.

How many people will this pulled pork recipe serve?

We estimate this recipe will make about 8-10 pulled pork sandwiches, depending on the serving size.

How to Reheat Pulled Pork

To reheat pulled pork you can use the stovetop, microwave, or oven.

To reheat in the microwave: Place the pulled pork in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes per serving. Reapply a drizzle of barbecue sauce before serving.

To reheat on the stovetop: Add pulled pork and a bit of cooking oil to a skillet over medium heat. Warm stirring regularly until heated through. Reapply a drizzle of barbecue sauce before serving if desired.

To reheat in the oven: Add the pulled pork to an oven safe baking pan along with a bit of cooking oil. Cover with aluminum foil and heat in a 350F degree oven until warmed through.

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How to Make Wendy’s Pulled Pork

To make Wendy’s pulled pork, follow our instructions below for cooking your pulled pork to perfection by roasting it low and slow in a Dutch oven. And then assemble the sandwich with delicious crispy Cole slaw.


4 pound Pork Shoulder, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup chicken stock
3 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon black pepper
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
brioche buns

For Cole slaw:

1 bag Cole slaw
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 tsp white vinegar
¼ cup sugar


For Cole slaw:
1. In a large bowl, mix Cole slaw, mayonnaise, white vinegar and sugar. Place in the refrigerator to cool.

For Pulled Pork:

1. Preheat oven to 275F degrees.

2. In a small mixing bowl combine salt, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, ground mustard, cumin, black pepper.

3. Cube pork into three-inch chunks and season pork with seasoning mixture.

4. Heat canola oil in Dutch oven on the stovetop. Add pork and cook until evenly browned about 4 minutes.

5. Stir in chicken stock and 4 tablespoons vinegar. Cover with a lid and bake for 2-3 hours, or until completely cooked. The internal temperature should reach 145F degrees for complete doneness.

6. Remove from oven and shred the meat using two forks or by placing it in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sandwich Assembly:
1. Assemble sandwich using brioche bun. Layer with a generous portion of Cole slaw, then add pulled pork. Top with a drizzle of your favorite kind of barbecue sauce.

2. Serve warm and enjoy.

So How Does it Taste?

If you made this recipe, we’d love to know what you think. Please send some comments below. We read every single one.  

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