Monday, November 8, 2010

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Home Made BBQ Sauce

You want to know what can take these from "Oh my god these are fantastic" all the way to "OMFG if I stop shoveling this into my mouth I will die" in two seconds flat? Garlic  toasted buns. That's right folks. Slather some garlic butter onto the buns before you toast them, maybe a hint of garlic salt and some parsley flakes too, then load them up with BBQ sauce smothered pulled pork and dip them into the extra sauce. I did it. All the cool kids are.

This pork is just all torn up over something. Groan.

BBQ Sauce

To make this sauce for the pulled pork you have to multiply it by 4. You can always just head off to the grocery store and use your favorite brand.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 1.5 cups 


2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne powder
1 cup ketchup
5 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp dark cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Franks red hot
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat the oil until shimmering the add the onion and cook until translucent and softened. Stir in the garlic, chili powder and cayenne and cook until fragrant, it only takes about 20 seconds.

2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cool to room temperature before serving (if you're using this on the pulled pork you don't have to cool it before pouring it into the pot).

3. The sauce can be refrigerated for 1 week, or frozen up to 2 months.

NOTE: When pairing with the pulled pork, I always make the sauce on the weekend. This makes for a really easy week night meal, just dump the pork and the sauce into the slow cooker, turn it on, and go to work. It's ready when you walk in the door. I'm wondering why I didn't do this today now :(

Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time7-8 hours on low, 10-11 hours on high
Serves: 8 - 10 people 


1 6lb - 7lb boneless boston butt, cut in half
6 to 7 cups BBQ sauce (anything store bought works just as well as the homemade sauce above)
Salt and pepper for seasoning


1. Season the pork with salt & pepper and place it in the slow cooker. Pour the bbq sauce over it, cover, and cook (low for 7-9 hours or high for 10 to 11 hours) until fork tender and falling apart.

2. Transfer the meat to a large bowl and let cool. Let the cooking liquid settle for 5 minutes, then skim off the fat. Season with a little dash of cider vinegar and Frank's Red Hot sauce if you want to.

3. When the meat is cool enough to handle, shred it using your fingers, discarding any excess fat. Toss the shredded meat with 1 cup of the cooking sauce and serve on toasted buns. Keep extra sauce for dipping.

I grabbed these from my go-to kitchen bible of the moment, America's Test Kitchen Family Favorites. Get it. Right now. 

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