Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

One of my favorite gifts this Christmas was a Dutch oven from my mom, so naturally the first thing I did when I got back to Austin was make pulled pork. I also used the leftover mashed potatoes (we had a ton!) to make a potato salad- delish!
Pulled Pork
Barbecue Sauce
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Pulled Pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 pound pork butt, trimmed of fat
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
Hamburger buns
For the sauce, combine all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
For the pork, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven on medium high heat. Rub the pork with salt and pepper and then place in oven. Brown on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add onion and 1 cup barbecue sauce, reduce heat to low and cover. Turn pork about every 30 minutes, cooking for about 4 hours total (longer if desired). Remove pork from heat and pull into bite-sized pieces. Toss with extra 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and. Serve on a hamburger bun with extra sauce as desired and cole slaw, recipe listed below.
Simple Cole Slaw
4 cups coleslaw mix (found in the produce pre-cut veggie section)
1/2 to 3/4 cup light mayo
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use. Excellent on sandwich or as a side dish.
Mashed Potato Salad
3 cups mashed potatoes (mine were herbed mashed potatoes)
1/2 cup light mayo
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup minced yellow onion
1/4 cup diced pickles
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and enjoy! Go light on the salt and pepper at first, since the mashed potatoes will have already been seasoned if you're using leftovers.

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