Pulled Pork Sandwiches

There is a series of detective novels written by Lawrence Sanders called The Deadly Sins. Their main character is a crime solver named Captain Edward X. Delaney. I’m sure I’ve read them all but can only barely remember the plots.

What I can remember is the Captain’s love of sandwiches. There were two kinds: dry and wet. He ate dry sandwiches in his den while he worked on cracking the case and he ate the wet sandwiches over the kitchen sink because they were so messy.

This sandwich is a wet one. Drippy and sloppy. And it tastes amazingly good. The meat is tender from cooking all day long, the barbecue sauce is spicy with a bit of a heat kick which is balanced by the crunchy coleslaw. There is a lot of measuring of spices, but it’s really not so much work. The worst part is waiting for the pork to finish cooking so you can assemble the sandwich.

So, let’s get started. The sooner we start, the sooner we can eat the results.

Start with a pork butt. Yes, I said butt.

Pork butt.

Pork butt.

Get the onions and garlic…

Onions and garlic.

Onions and garlic.

…and slice them.

Sliced garlic.

Sliced garlic.

Sliced onions.

Sliced onions.

Now start measuring the ingredients for the rub.
There’s brown sugar,

Brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

chili powder,

Chili powder.

Chili powder.

kosher salt,

Kosher salt.

Kosher salt.

cinnamon,

Cinnamon.

Cinnamon.

and cumin.

Cumin.

Cumin.

Mix all the spices and sugar together.

Making the rub.

Making the rub.

Rub them all over the pork butt.

Pork butt covered in spices.

Pork butt covered in spices.

Put the onions, garlic and chicken stock in the slow cooker.

Garlic, onions and chicken stock into the slow cooker.

Garlic, onions and chicken stock into the slow cooker.

Place the pork on top of the vegetables (tip: leave the string on the pork for now, it’ll be easier to get the pork out of the slow cooker when it’s finished cooking). Put the lid on the slow cooker and wait 8 hours.

While the pork is cooking, make the barbecue sauce.
Mix together ketchup,

Ketchup.

Ketchup.

water,

Water.

Water.

vinegar,

Vinegar.

Vinegar.

brown sugar,

Brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

and olive oil.

Adding olive oil.

Adding olive oil.

Add in paprika,

Paprika.

Paprika.

Hungarian paprika (smokier than regular paprika),

Hungarian paprika.

Hungarian paprika.

chili powder,

Chili powder.

Chili powder.

garlic,

Garlic.

Garlic.

and cayenne.

Cayenne.

Cayenne.

When that’s all in the pot, bring it to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes (or longer).

Bring to a boil, then simmer.

Bring to a boil, then simmer.

Hours have passed, the pork smells amazing. It is cooked.
Take it out of the slow cooker and drain it.

Pork, out of the slow cooker.

Pork, out of the slow cooker.

Pull the pork apart with a fork.

Pork, pulled apart with forks.

Pork, pulled apart with forks.

Put the pulled pork back into the slow cooker and add the barbecue sauce. They can become acquainted while the coleslaw is being made.

Pork, back in the crock pot. Barbecue sauce poured over.

Pork, back in the crock pot. Barbecue sauce poured over.

Now make the coleslaw.
There’s 3 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise.

And 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Vinegar.

Vinegar.

Plus 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Sugar.

Sugar.

Mix that together for the salad dressing.

Cole slaw dressing.

Cole slaw dressing.

Add 2 handfuls of cole slaw vegetables. Mix the vegetables with the dressing. If it’s too wet, add more slaw.

Cole slaw.

Cole slaw.

Now (finally) make the sandwich.
Get a couple of sandwich buns. Yes, I said buns.

Buns!

Buns!

Assemble. Start with a layer of meat.

First layer: pulled pork.

First layer: pulled pork.

Then add some coleslaw.

Add some coleslaw.

Add some coleslaw.

Put the lid on and you’ve got a pulled pork sandwich. Grab a handful of napkins, position yourself over the sink and eat.

Pulled pork sandwich.

Pulled pork sandwich.

The pulled pork recipe came from here:
http://www.chow.com/recipes/30356-easy-slow-cooker-pulled-pork

Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients

2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (4-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (also known as pork butt)
2 cups barbecue sauce

Preparation

Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in the stock or broth. Combine the sugar, chili powder, measured salt, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic. Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.

Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium heatproof bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker. Set the strained liquid aside.

If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it. Remove the string as well. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker, add the barbecue sauce, if using, and mix to combine.

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The recipe for the barbecue sauce came from here, though I altered it a bit:
http://bbq.about.com/od/barbecuesaucerecipes/r/bl91211c.htm

Kansas City Rib Sauce

This is a rich, thick, tomato based barbecue sauce recipe often associated these days as Kansas City Style. You get that traditional combination of sweet with a touch of heat in a dark and thick tomato sauce. Adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.

Ingredients

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cayenne

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and stir to mix. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes until thickened.

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Coleslaw

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. white sugar
a pinch of salt
2 large handfuls of packaged coleslaw mix

Preparation

Mix first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add coleslaw mix and toss to coat.

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8 thoughts on “Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  1. Going to make this on sat. Before I leave for work! can’t wait to walk back into the hse. I bet it will smell amazing!!! It will keep me going all day!!!

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