Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Homemade Cole Slaw

This week's recipe has a bit of an identity crisis.  I wanted to make something with a slow cooker because it's just a "slow cooker time of year".  After settling on pulled pork sandwiches with homemade barbecue sauce, I struggled to find a side dish.  Cole slaw is a staple that goes with anything barbecue so that was the winner, despite it feeling more like a summer picnic dish.

Homemade barbecue sauce is very simple to make and it allows you to eliminate the preservatives and excess sugar from bottled brands.  Pairing it with a leaner pork tenderloin, rather than a pork shoulder, helped reduce the fat content.  I snuck some brussels sprouts in my cole slaw to up the nutritional content.  Trust me, no one will notice.  Lastly, instead of dressing it with mayo and whatever other gunk normally goes on cole slaw, I topped it with a oil and vinegar dressing.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Homemade Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
Season pork with salt and pepper and place pork in a slow cooker.  Whisk remaining ingredients together and pour over pork.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  When done, use forks to shred pork.  Serve on rolls with preferred condiments.

Homemade Brussels Sprout Cole Slaw
  • 4 cups cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, finely shredded (stems and outer leaves removed)
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
Combine cabbage, brussels sprouts, and carrots in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and honey.  Pour over vegetables and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The tailgate posts will be on hiatus after this week.  I'll be sure to whip up something special once the bowl games start.  Enjoy!

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