Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pulled Pork Sandwiches!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
I don't know what I'd do without my crock pot.  Slow-cooking is probably my favorite method of cooking.  It gives me a reason to cook all day, the meat is always super juicy and tender, and it gives me the freedom to change my mind and completely change the recipe two hours into the process.

I started out with four thick, boneless pork loin chops and some Italian ingredients.  I was going for a tomato sauce braised pork chop with some of the ingredients I had left over from the previous days.  I seared the pork chops with shallots, garlic and scallions and then added some marinara, chicken broth, roasted red peppers and even some chopped pepperoni I had from my grilled pizzas!

About an hour had passed, and I suddenly started craving a pulled pork sandwich (Subway is relentlessly running ads for its new sandwich).  I had just about a cup of dark, sweet barbeque sauce left, so in it went. The result was delicious, flavorful, rich and tasty!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes / Cook Time: 4 hours / Servings: 4

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 cup sweet, dark BBQ sauce
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 oz. pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 whole roasted red pepper (jarred)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet.  Add pork chops, scallions, garlic and shallots.  Season well with salt and pepper and cook pork chops on high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, until well browned on both sides.  Transfer pork chops to crock pot.
  2. Add chicken broth to skillet and turn off heat.  Deglaze pan with the broth, then transfer the contents to a blender or food processor. 
  3. Add roasted red pepper, pepperoni, marinara and BBQ sauce to the food processor or blender.  Mix on high speed for about 1 minute until mixture is smooth.  Add the sauce to the crock pot.
  4. Cook together in crock pot for 3 1/2 hours, until meat falls apart with a fork.  Shred all the meat with a fork, stir into the sauce and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes.  Serve immediately on sandwich rolls.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches


  1. HOOP, Your pulled pork looks so yummy! I don't know what I'd do without my crock pot creations! Loved your TV spot! You're the real deal!

  2. Thanks Rebecka! Crock pot creations are the best! Can't wait to see what you post on "At Home"!