Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#25 - Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

My mission: to find the best of the best. My objective: perfecting their signature dish. The plan of attack: I'm showing up to challenge them, but they don't know it.

I may win. I might even lose. It's anybody's game.
Last Christmas, Emily gave Johnny Bobby Flay's Throwdown!, the cookbook from the Food Network show where a super famous Iron Chef challenges local cooks to a competition and then loses.

The first meal we ever cooked in the crock pot was a pulled pork sandwich recipe that had practically zero prep time. The only problem was it called for a jar of store-bought barbecue sauce, and we could never find one that we really liked.

When we saw the Throwdown! cookbook had a recipe for barbecue sauce, and it wasn't Bobby's, but the winning recipe, we knew just what to do with it.

Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Using Ed Mitchell's Barbecue Sauce
Ed Mitchell's barbecue sauce has about a million ingredients, and there were few that we didn't have at home. The craziest ingredient? Liquid smoke.
The hardest part of this recipe is measuring out all those ingredients for the barbecue sauce. After that, it's just mix, and plop in the crock pot.
These sandwiches were pretty good. They were definitely better than when we've used the store-bought barbecue sauces, but we don't feel they came out as good as they could be. Maybe it's the nature of crock pot pulled pork, or maybe we still need to find the perfect barbecue sauce.
Are you ready for a Throwdown?
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 lb boneless pork roast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sandwich buns
  1. Combine the first 12 ingredients in a bowl to make the barbecue sauce.
  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper, and place in the crock pot.
  3. Pour in 2 cups of the barbecue sauce.
  4. Cook on your crock pot's lowest setting for the longest time.
  5. When it has finished, open the crock pot, and using two forks, shred apart the pork, mixing with the barbecue sauce.
  6. Place the pulled pork on a sandwich bun covered with mayonnaise.

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