Though it's hard to beat Michael Mina's North Carolina (or in this case, at Sandra Dee's Barbeque in Sacramento, CA) is chopped pork, wherein slow-cooked meat is cut into bite-size chunks and dressed in a sweet, vinegar-based sauce.Sandra Dee's serves barbecued pork loin on a French roll, with a side of sauce to drizzle or pour to your heart's content. The restaurant also grills the bread, which is a nice touch, though I'd also add some slaw on top. Since these sammies use tenderloin, not pork butt, they are less of a production to make at home than pulled pork. To see how it looks before being sauced, and to get the recipe,

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Barbecue Pork Sandwich With Cabbage Slaw

Barbecue Pork Sandwich With Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients

  1. For Quick BBQ Sauce
  2. 3/4 cup ketchup
  3. 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  6. 2 teaspoons paprika
  7. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  8. For sandwiches
  9. Quick BBQ Sauce
  10. 2 pork tenderloins, 12 to 16 ounces each
  11. Coarse salt and ground pepper
  12. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  13. 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  15. 2 teaspoons light-brown sugar
  16. 5 cups finely shredded green cabbage (half a 2-pound cabbage)
  17. 4 potato rolls, or other soft sandwich rolls*

Directions

  1. Make the barbecue sauce by whisking together first 6 ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 475°. Divide Quick BBQ Sauce between two bowls. Use one for basting the raw meat; reserve the other for serving with sandwiches.
  3. Place pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Brush generously with sauce. Roast, basting occasionally with sauce, until an instant-read thermometer registers 150°, 18 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make slaw: In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Mix in cabbage.
  5. Thinly slice pork; serve on rolls, accompanied by slaw and reserved sauce.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

*I recommend French rolls.

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