In the Kitchen: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich & Coleslaw

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • 4-7 pound pork shoulder
  • 3-4 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 3-4 tbsp. chili powder

Combine cayenne, garlic, and chili powder and rub into the pork shoulder, making sure to cover every bit.  Cook in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low.  The 4-7 pounds of shoulder allows lots of left overs to be used in the creation of new meals and to freeze

BBQ Sauce

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3/4 a large onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4  tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 c. peach preserves
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 tbsp. red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Kosher salt & Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • Twine or string

Wrap the bacon around the middle of the thyme sprigs and tie with kitchen twine so you have a nice bundle.  Heat a 2-count of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the thyme bundle and cook slowly for 3 to 4 minutes to render the bacon fat and give the sauce a nice smoky taste.   Add the onion and garlic and cook slowly, without coloring, for 5 minutes.  Add all of the rest of the sauce ingredients, give the sauce a stir, and turn the heat down to low.  Cook slowly, until thickened.

Coleslaw, the Houston’s way

  • 3 c. diced cabbage
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh flat parsley
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise (light)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream (light)
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar

Mix all ingredients together.

Building the Ultimate BBQ Pork Sandwich

  • Pulled Pork
  • Coleslaw
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Onions
  • Bun or Roll

Take one helping of pulled pork and combine with 1/2 c. of BBQ sauce in a small sautee pan, add 1/4 c. diced onions and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until onions are translucent.  Meanwhile toast your roll, until lightly browned.  Pile on your pulled pork BBQ mixture, top it off with a little extra sauce if you so choose.  Top that with a spoonful of coleslaw and you have just made an awesome pulled pork sandwich!  Enjoy!

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