These simple, savory sandwiches are made with tender pulled pork slow-cooked with brown sugar and red pepper flakes, creamy pimento cheese and quick-pickled red onions.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
Serves 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, 1/2 cup of the vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Pour vinegar mixture into a slow cooker and add pork. Cover and cook until pork is very tender, 6 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high, ideally turning the meat halfway through.

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  • Meanwhile, in a medium nonreactive bowl, combine remaining 3/4 cup of vinegar and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, stirring to dissolve the salt. Stir in onion and set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • For the pimiento cheese: In the bowl of a food processor, combine cheddar cheese and cream cheese, pulsing to combine. Add pimientos and pulse to coarsely chop. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • Transfer the cooked pork to a cutting board and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Use two forks to shred the meat into bite-sized pieces. Moisten/season with cooking juices, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste.

  • Drain onions, setting them aside and discarding the marinade. Spread the pimiento cheese on the bottom halves of the rolls. Top with pork and onions and serve.

Nutrition Facts

580 calories; protein 46g; fat 28g; sodium 1080mg; cholesterol 160mg; saturated fat 13g; carbohydrates 32g; fiber 2g.
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