Harvest BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I’ve never understood those people who say they got so busy they forgot to eat. Um, seriously? How does that happen? I don’t think I’ve forgotten a meal in my life. Maybe that’s not such a good thing … 

We’ve been busy with harvest the past couple of weeks, but I can assure you we haven’t forgotten to eat. Instead of elaborate meals served from the back of an SUV or a pick up truck (which I usually only do at the beginning of harvest — when it’s still fun!), we have resorted to anything that can be eaten on the run. A couple of our favorites are The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch Chicken Sandwiches and — a perennial favorite — BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (recipe below).


The craziness of harvest is nothing new for those of us who live it and breathe it every day. Mark and I hosted a group of food bloggers from across the country at our farm yesterday to give them a glimpse of harvest and life on the farm this time of year. Iowa Corn brought the group to Iowa this week for a tour of all things corn. We were thrilled to be part of the event.


We showed them the combine and tractors and walked around the fields, but we also talked about food and our families. One of the bloggers talked about how challenging it can be for working parents to find time to cook a decent meal for their families with all the other demands on their time. I can relate and sure other busy moms can, too. Thankfully I now have 10 new food blogger friends to get recipe ideas from!

We gave each of the ladies a mason jar with the spice rub from our harvest BBQ pulled pork sandwiches as a thank you for visiting our farm. Now they’ll have a shortcut to an easy family-friendly meal when they’re not in the mood to make elaborate blog-worthy meals themselves.

Pulled Pork BBQ

Harvest BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Spice Rub Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

Other Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pound boneless pork butt roast
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce


  1. In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients. Rub mixture all over meat.
  2. Pour broth, coffee and worcestershire sauce into a large dutch oven. Place the pork roast in the liquid mixture and cover the pot with foil and the lid.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for about 4 hours or until the meat is fork tender and shreds easily, basting about every hour.
  4. Remove from oven and let stand until it’s cool enough to handle. Shred pork and toss with BBQ sauce.


  1. Mollie @Sprinkles of Life says:

    Pulled pork is definitely a favorite of ours! I’ve never used a spice rub though!

  2. bigbearswife says:

    OK so I’ve never forgotten to eat but I have been so busy that lunch didn’t happen until like dinner time haha!! Thank you so much for letting us all come to your farm for the Iowa Corn farm tour! It was so very nice to meet y’all! Also Thank you so much for the gift! I have that mason jar with the spice rub sitting on my counter and I will be making these Harvest BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches this weekend!!

  3. beyondfrosting says:

    Thank you SOO much for hosting us, and answer our hundreds of questions! Your family is such an inspiration and I am glad we had to time to get to learn just the tip of the iceberg of what it means to be a farmer

    • Julianne, thanks so much for visiting us! Forgive me if I’m a little out of it, I’m drooling over the recipe for your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake (and pretty much every other dessert photo on your blog!).

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