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Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches are a nod to low-and-slow Southern barbecue--using just a little bit of pork shoulder. And just like traditional pulled pork, the meltingly tender vegetables and pork are piled high on toasted buns, slathered with a Greek yogurt mixture, and topped with shredded cabbage.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1/3 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 253
  • fat 9.9 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 4.6 g
  • polyfat 2.4 g
  • protein 13.3 g
  • carbohydrate 29.5 g
  • fiber 5.6 g
  • cholesterol 25 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 470 mg
  • calcium 102 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes. Add onion and fennel to pan; cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and next 4 ingredients (through pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and 1/4 cup vinegar to pan. Reduce heat to medium. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until pork is tender, stirring frequently.

  2. Combine olive oil and 2 teaspoons vinegar in a medium bowl. Add green and red cabbage; toss gently to coat.

  3. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, and garlic in a small bowl. Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons yogurt mixture onto each bun half. Top bottom half of each bun with 1/4 cup fennel mixture, 1/4 cup cabbage mixture, and top half of bun.

Cook's Notes

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