Sunday, May 30, 2010
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means a couple months of sweet corn, burgers, ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches. This pulled pork recipe, like many others of its kind, calls for being made in an oven and not the grill. I find that's also the case for ribs, and I've come to prefer making ribs in the oven to avoid that char you get so easily on the grill. I also love how easy this pulled pork is -- just marinate, cover and bake for a few hours the next day, pull apart, and you're done. And unlike other pulled pork recipes I've tried, this one is truly pull-apart tender; no shredding with your knife is required. It's a great hot-weather dish.
So back to that pulled pork...
Barbecued Pork Sandwich
Bruce and Eric Bromberg via Martha Stewart Show
16 cloves garlic, peeled
2 small yellow onions, coarsely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 large rib celery, chopped
3 tablespoons ground cumin
¼ cup coarse salt
1 (5-pound) pork butt
4 cups Barbecue Sauce
Shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving
6 to 8 ciabatta rolls, halved horizontally, soft centers removed, toasted, for serving
Place garlic, onions, carrot, celery, cumin, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add ½ cup water; process until well combined. Place pork in a large, deep roasting pan. Rub pork generously with vegetable puree; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add enough water to the roasting pan so that it comes halfway up the sides of the pork. Cover pan tightly with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil and transfer to oven. Bake until pork is very tender and falling apart, about 5 hours, checking pan occasionally to make sure water has not evaporated and adding more water as necessary.
Remove pork from oven. Let stand until cool enough to handle. (At this point, pork may be kept refrigerated and covered for up to 5 days.)
Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
Shred pork with a fork or pull apart using your fingers; discard any excess fat. In a large baking dish, combine shredded pork with 3 cups barbecue sauce. Transfer to oven and cook until mixture is heated through a bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes.
Divide pork and shredded lettuce evenly among rolls. Serve with remaining cup of barbecue sauce, pickles, and coleslaw.
Makes 6 to 8 sandwiches