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'Wich of the Week: Pulled Pork Sandwich

'Wich of the Week: Pulled Pork Sandwich

Unlike my past 'Wich of the Week recipes, this sandwich depends not on a perfect blend of flavors or expert construction, but on a single, superb ingredient served without flourish. In this case, it's pulled pork, and not just any pulled pork — this recipe comes from renowned chef Michael Mina, and it's mouth-wateringly good.

The pork is incredibly easy to make: You just coat a pork shoulder with Mina's special rub and slow-cook it for about five hours. It will be so tender when it's done that you barely need to make an effort to shred it, and the pork is moist and flavorful enough that you can skip the barbecue sauce. I served mine on basic white dinner rolls and added some homemade coleslaw for an extra kick. To find out how to make it,

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Michael Mina's Pulled Pork Sandwich
From Esquire

Serves: 6 to 8
Prep time: 5 minutes
Seasoning time: at least 1 hour
Cooking time: 5 1/2 hours

1/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tbsp kosher or coarse salt
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1/2 tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp dry mustard (found in spice section)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 boneless pork butt, about 3 pounds
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup water
1 package plain soft white rolls or other bread

Tip: You can buy bone-in or boneless pork butts. Both have their benefits: Cooking bone-in will contribute some flavor (and increase the cooking time slightly). But if you have your butcher take out the bone, you can rub the spice mix into the incisions where the bone was removed — a great way to get the flavor deep inside the meat.

To make: Mix brown sugar and dry spices together in a small bowl. Rub all over pork, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for as long as you have time for (as little as 1 hour or up to overnight). Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lay pork on a rack insert fitted inside a roasting pan. (The rack should be high enough so the entire spiced butt is sitting above the cooking liquid.) Pour in apple juice and water, cover pan tightly with foil, and slow roast for five hours. Remove foil and cook for another 30 minutes, until pork is brown outside and meat is very tender, basically falling apart.

Remove from oven, transfer to large platter, and allow meat to rest for about 10 minutes. While still warm, shred pork into small pieces using 2 forks or 10 fingers. Transfer to bowl for serving, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To reheat, just transfer to shallow baking dish, bring to room temperature, and place in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

To serve: Sandwich between rolls and partner with classic barbecue side dishes like bourbon-baked beans or jalapeno creamed corn. Esquire's note: We ended up with six sandwiches.


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Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Yummy yum.... love pulled pork
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I love pulled pork so much. I also love kaluha pork. SO GOOD.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
goodness, that sounds great!
KCS0919 KCS0919 8 years
Please can you post the recipe for the cole slaw!??? This looks great, how healthy would you say it is?
Catipa Catipa 8 years
I would also love the recipe for your homemade coleslaw-looks delish!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
this looks very good!!!! :feedme:
bgirl bgirl 8 years
yes millarci, i actually just moved to the south from the northeast, and i have since had a few sticky fingers luncheons at work, and i have also gone to their restaurant. their pulled pork and barbecue in general is AMAZING.
millarci millarci 8 years
oh I love pulled pork sandwiches! has anyone ever been to Sticky Fingers? Their pulled pork is soooooo good!
liciababe liciababe 8 years
oh i loved pulled pork but my mom and i make bbq using elk or moose and we cook it all day in the oven or i use my crock pot and just let it cook like all day and use bbq sauce on it and i loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it but i really love it with cole slaw on it i don't know why i think cuz it breaks up the flavors
HappyKate HappyKate 8 years
Aww man I love pulled pork! But I have to say being from up state NY nothing beats Dinosaur BBQ! Thats a fact in my book! lol
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
BTW, it looks delicious.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
Can you use a slow cooker instead of an oven?
cottonpoots cottonpoots 8 years
Not too fond of pork in general (but I'm not a vegetarian!); I get a horrible mental image of a rotten pig every time I see it. :( The toasted rolls looks delicious though.
niicoollaa niicoollaa 8 years
do you have a recipes for the coleslaw? this all looks amazing!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Love the pulled pork with coleslaw!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I love pulled pork. This looks good.
emalove emalove 8 years
Pulled pork is SO good.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
ROFLMAO chief! This sounds incredible! Perfect for the weekend!
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 8 years
Mmmm...Pulled Pork.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
If I use my ten fingers what do I do with my two thumbs?
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Oh, my dad made it last weekend. One of the only things he can cook, but soooo good. We even took pictures so he could post it on his blog. Pulled pork is not known at all in French Canada.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I was lucky enough to try this sandwich. Oh man was it good!
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