Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwiches

Oxmoor House
Pulled Pork Barbecue SandwichesRecipe
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Barbecue is a symbol of American ingenuity. It transforms cheap, tough cuts of meat into tender bites of heaven with nothing but time, smoke, heat, and a few spices. Serve this smoky pulled pork like they do in North Carolina--with some slaw on top of the sandwich.
Serves 15 (serving size: 1 sandwich and 2 tablespoons additional sauce)


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1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 tablespoon Spanish smoked paprika
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (4 1/2-pound) bone-in pork shoulder (Boston butt)
7 1/2 cups hickory wood chips
Cooking spray
2 cups cider vinegar
3/4 cup low-sodium ketchup
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (16-ounce) package cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw
15 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns


Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 20 Hours, 15 Minutes

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Rub spice mixture onto pork; place pork in bowl. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. Soak hickory wood chips in water 1 to 24 hours.

2. Remove pork from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 20 minutes. To prepare grill for indirect grilling, remove right grill rack. Preheat grill to low using both burners. After preheating, turn the left burner off (leave the right burner on). Maintain temperature at 225° to 250°. Drain wood chips. Place 1 1/2 cups wood chips on a 12-inch square of aluminum foil. Fold edges of foil to form a packet, and seal; pierce foil packet with a fork. Repeat procedure with remaining wood chips. Place 1 packet of wood chips on right side. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place pork, fatty side up, on grill rack covering left burner. Cover and grill 8 to 10 hours or until a thermometer registers 190°. Replace packet of wood chips every 2 hours.

3. While pork cooks, combine cider vinegar and next 7 ingredients (through 1/2 teaspoon black pepper) in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring every 1 minute. Cool to room temperature.

4. Combine coleslaw and 1/2 cup sauce in a large bowl; toss well. Cover and chill 1 hour.

5. Remove meat from grill; let stand 20 minutes. Shred meat with 2 forks; discard bone and fat. Combine shredded pork and 2 cups sauce in a large bowl; toss to coat. Spoon 3 ounces pork and 1/3 cup coleslaw on bottom half of each hamburger bun. Cover with top halves of buns. Serve with additional sauce for dipping.

Created date

January 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 388
Fat 13.8 g
Satfat 4.3 g
Monofat 5.7 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 28.5 g
Carbohydrate 37.8 g
Fiber 5.6 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 705 mg
Calcium 111 mg