Sunday, January 20, 2013

Carolina Barbecue Sauce for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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This will get you salivating . . . Pulled pork simmered slowly in tangy, hot and sweet, homemade, Carolina Barbecue Sauce. Pile it high on a perfectly toasted bun . . . extra sauce please! Top it with crispy coleslaw, made with your own creamy coleslaw dressing, and you've got sheer yumminess in every bite!!!
If your a regular, you know I'm passionate about my barbecue sauces, and have created some originals using our own organic peaches and apricots. While they're great on chicken and ribs, when I make a pulled pork sandwich? Carolina Barbecue Sauce is my sauce of choice!
Yes, I know what you're thinking . . . this is too much work . . . there are so-ooo many great "commercial" barbecue sauces out there. Yes, but this sauce is homemade, with incredible flavor, doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup, and will save you money!
If you've never had coleslaw on your pulled pork sandwich, you must give it a try!

Even sworn slaw haters, like my 3 sons, love it piled high on their pulled pork sandwiches!

Cook up your pork butt or shoulder in the crock pot (recipe here).
Thinly slice or shred your cabbage, and carrots. Add Creamy Coleslaw Dressing.

Recipe makes 1 quart.

1/4 cup butter

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon powdered mustard

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (only use 1/2 teaspoon if making for children)

2 cups catsup

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Melt butter in saucepan.
  • Add onion, and garlic; cook until softened, 5 minutes.
  • Add mustard, paprika, cumin, and cayenne; cook 1 minute.
  • Add catsup (no high fructose corn syrup, please!), brown sugar, vinegar, and water; simmer, covered, 30 minutes.
  • Uncover; simmer 30 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Add a cup of sauce to shredded pork and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  • Pile meat high on a toasted bun; add extra sauce, and coleslaw.


Ingredients for Carolina Barbecue Sauce.

Sauté onions.

Adding seasonings to onions to get spices to bloom.

Add catsup, dark brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, simmer, covered 30 minutes.

Uncover; simmer 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

Shred pork with two forks

Pour a cup of Carolina Barbecue Sauce over shredded pork, and simmer for 10 minutes on LOW heat.

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich . . . are you salivating yet?!!

This Carolina Barbecue Sauce will keep in the fridge for over a month. A batch of pulled pork sandwiches will use up about a pint of sauce leaving you with an extra pint for the freezer.

This a great meal to prepare in advance. The meat can be cooked up 2 days ahead of time and the sauce is easy to make. You can double this recipe so you will always have a bit of sauce on hand to pull out of the freezer or fridge. Keeping it easy and tasty . . . Over at Julie's!!!


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