Summer time is all about messy foods and not caring about whether or not you are slathered in it because you are just going to jump through the sprinkler or cannonball in the pool anyway. One of my favorite messy summer foods is BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, the kind you kind of wish you wore an apron while eating, finger licking good!
While shopping at Winco the other day I saw they had pork roast on sale and when I picked it up my husband and I both gave each other a knowing look, BBQ pork time! While the pork slow cooked in the crock pot ( saving us from the horrible heat of the oven) the kiddos and I walked over to our favorite bakery for some buns. Topper bakery is about to celebrate 75 years here in our town and their buns are the best I have ever had, light and fluffy but it never falls apart. I don’t even try to make my own buns, I know they wont even compare.
Once the pork cooked I whipped up some home-made BBQ sauce ( next time I am adding blackberries!) and slaw and we dove into our sammies face first. It was a delicious sticky mess and I ate so much I thought I might burst and by some miracle there was actually enough leftovers for my husband to pack for lunch the next day.
Although there are a lot of ingredients for these sammies I assure you it is all easy peasy and comes together quite quickly so you wont have to wait forever to stuff your faces full of yum!
What you need
- Pork roast, I used a 3 pounder
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 8oz can of organic tomato paste
- 1/4 c molasses
- 1/4 c honey
- 1/4 c apple cider vinegar ( I used braggs)
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
- 1/2 onion finely copped
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 of a cabbage
- 1 granny smith apple
- 2 carrots
- 2 tbsp aioli or all natural mayo
- 1 tsp dijon mustard ( I used horseradish mustard for a kick!)
- 1 tbsp sugar
How to make it
- Place pork in a crock pot with chicken broth, oil and salt and cook overnight, at least 8 hours
- during the last hour of cooking drain liquids, saving 1/4 cup
- add BBQ sauce and 1/4 c of liquids and let the sauce cook into the meat
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for half hour
- strain or puree to make smooth
- Chop cabbage and apples and shred carrots
- mix in aioli or mayo, mustard and sugar
- refrigerate 1 hour before adding to sammies