BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Jill and I went to Prague a few decades ago. My brother was working there so we took a trip to check it out along with touring Germany and Austria. We started our trip in Prague for a few days and then took off for a week and came back to spend our remaining time in Prague. I don’t mean to offend German’s or Austrians but they clearly eat to live and live to drink. For an over-saturated American palate the food is often just bland and uneventful.
So when we made it back to Prague we saw a “Red Hot and Blue”. So we decided to we needed some American food but didn’t want to do the cliche McDonalds hamburger. Frankly the idea of a BBQ joint in Prague in the 90’s was pretty bizarre. So we ordered pulled pork sandwiches and slathered them in BBQ sauce. It was heavenly…real potato salad and ice tea…. ahhhh.
Growing up in Texas pulled pork isn’t on many BBQ menus. Texas is all about the beef. In fact I would say that the yard bird makes it on the menu before the pig. So when we had the sandwich topped with slaw it was something completely unique to us at that time. Today Jill pretty much always prefers the pig if she is having a BBQ sandwich. It’s tender and doesn’t have those “mystery bits” you can find in chicken and beef.
This turned out to be an amazing recipe. You must try it. Instead of using a roasting pan I wrapped the dry rubbed shoulder in tin foil and I didn’t check on it until 6hrs elapsed. When I opened it up I was sad to see the bottom black as coal but it turned out to be a happy accident. The black didn’t taste burnt but instead created burnt ends. When I folded them into the pulled pork it created a great change in taste and texture. That said, when I do it again, I will check it at 4hrs and maybe add a little water or beer.
The buns were broiled to give it an internal crunch and also lent a sturdy surface to support the pulled pork, slaw and sauce. The pork was perfectly flavored and the tangy vinegar mustard sauce set off an explosion of flavor. The creamy, yet spicy slaw, melded everything together and balanced it out. Top 5 best BBQ sandwich I have ever had.
This recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence.
1 Pork shoulder or “butt” 5-7 lbs (bone in)
3 tbs of Paprika
1 tbs of garlic powder
1 tbs of dry mustard
1.5 tbs of brown sugar
2.5 tbs of Kosher Salt
Pain drippings if you have them
1 1/2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup brown grainy mustard
1/2 cup French’s yellow mustard
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of brown sugar
3-4 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp of Kosher Salt
1 tsp of Cayenne pepper
1 tsp of Black Pepper
1 head green cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, grated
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1 red chile, sliced
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup Creole mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Several dashes hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Mix the dry rub together and massage it into the pork roast and let it sit over night wrapped up.
2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and place the dry rubbed pork roast into a roasting pan and cook for 6 hours until the internal temperature is 170 degrees.
3. Make your sauce by pouring some of the pan drippings into the a small pot on medium low heat. Add your garlic and cook for 1-2 mins. Add everything else and let it simmer and meld together.
4. Shred your pork and remove some of the fat. Pour in some of the sauce to coat your pulled pork and reserve some for people who want more.
5. Two hours before serving make you slaw by cutting all your veggies and then mixing in the sauce and spices. Combine well and place into refrigerator covered for 2 hours to let everything meld properly.
6. Toast your buns with a little butter and then add your pulled pork, additional sauce if you want and top with spicy slaw.
I made a simple potato salad by boiling two cubed Idaho potatoes in salted water. Once fork tender, I cooled them and added Dukes Mayo, jalapenos, Pepper, Kosher Salt and Green onions. Didn’t measure anything so I don’t have a recipe for you.