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Pulled Pork Sandwiches Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

If you are searching for something to serve a crowd on Super Bowl Sunday, think about making pulled pork sandwiches. Super-moist, melt-in-your-mouth pork piled high on a soft bun is both filling and celebratory. The pork is slow cooked and best made in advance, giving you plenty of time to enjoy company and the game. You don't have to be a chef to make these hearty sandwiches, a home cook with elementary culinary skills can master them. For two recipes — one easy and another that requires a little more time —


Beginner Pulled Pork Sandwich
From Kraft Foods

1 boneless pork shoulder (3 lb.)
1 bottle (18 oz.) barbecue sauce
Juice from 1 medium orange
1/2 cup mayonnaise
12 sandwich rolls, split, toasted

  1. Place meat in slow cooker; top with barbecue sauce and orange juice. Cover with lid.
  2. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours (or on high for 4 to 6 hours).
  3. Remove meat from slow cooker; cut into small pieces or shred with fork.
  4. Return meat to slow cooker; stir until meat is evenly coated with the barbecue sauce mixture.
  5. Spread mayo onto cut sides of rolls. Fill rolls evenly with meat mixture.

Serves 12.

Expert Pulled Pork Sandwich
From Bobby Flay

4 to 6 cups chicken stock or water
1 (3 lb.) boneless pork butt
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
BBQ Sauce, recipe follows
8 to 12 soft buns with sesame seeds
Pickled jalapenos, recipe follows

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat (the grill should maintain a constant temperature of 350°F). Place a drip pan filled halfway with the chicken stock on the briquettes.
  2. Season the pork butt with salt and pepper and place on the grates of the grill over the drip pan. Close the cover of the grill and let the pork cook for 1 hour.
  3. Turn the pork over and continue grilling for 2 to 3 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. More chicken stock may be needed to refill the drip pan during grilling.
  4. Remove the pork from the grill and let rest for 15 minutes. When it is cool enough to handle, shred the pork into strands with your fingers. Add the shredded pork to the BBQ Sauce and serve on sandwich buns with the pickled jalapenos.

Makes 8-12 sandwiches.

BBQ Sauce:

1 tbsp. canola oil
1 small Spanish onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 cups cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on the grates of the grill.
  2. Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until soft.
  3. Add the fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes and juices, vinegar, honey, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, and cook until the sugar has completely melted and the sauce is slightly reduced and thickened.
  4. Season with salt, to taste. Add the shredded pork and stir to coat.

Pickled Jalapenos:

3 cups rice wine vinegar
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. white peppercorns
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 tbsp. kosher salt
3 jalapenos, sliced in half lengthwise
7 sprigs fresh cilantro
Special equipment: 1 (8-oz.) jar

  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, peppercorns, seeds, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes, and then remove from the heat and let sit until cooled to room temperature.
  2. Place the jalapenos, stem side up, into the jar and pour enough cooled vinegar mixture over them to cover. Pack the cilantro sprigs into the jar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 4 days.
Join The Conversation
FashionKid FashionKid 9 years
oomg i am soo hungry now!! lol
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
wickidgrrl wickidgrrl 9 years
pulled pork is the best. the pics above are mouth-watering!
anned anned 9 years
My boyfriend is just obsessed with pulled pork. I have tried that beginner recipe before, and the pulled pork was just not that flavorful. I bought a thicker sauce from williams-sonoma to see if it will work this time.
emalove emalove 9 years
Pulled pork is delicious!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
I like mine with a white wine vinegar kick to the mix. Won't even need Q sauce with it.
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
This looks delicious! Perfect for my Super Bowl party!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not a pig pork fan, one of the most gross meats out there.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
the slow cooker method is delicious AND easy AND makes the house smell great. you can add a lot of things to the bbq sauce too, to spice it up and make it unique. my friend simpy mixes ketchup and coke! also, i suggest coating the meat with salt and pepper before putting in the crockpot and if it is not frozen, add a little bit of water.
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