Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Smoky Orange Barbecue Sauce

pulled pork sandwiches with smoky orange bbq sauce

On Super Bowl Sunday I ate some pulled pork that I’d bought, and I haven’t stopped thinking that I need to make some since.  I found a recipe a while back that caught my attention.  The pork shoulder is rubbed with a sweet ‘n spicy rub, and placed in the slow cooker atop a layer of thinly sliced onions.  A vinegar-spice cooking liquid is then poured over the meat, and it’s cooked on low for 10-12 hours.  I love my pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce, but I didn’t have any.  😥  Never fear, I had everything I needed to make some!  I grabbed a couple of clementines out of the fruit bowl and went to town.   The result is finger lickin’ good Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Smoky Orange Barbecue Sauce.

pulled pork sandwiches with smoky orange bbq sauce

This was the first time I’d ever made pulled pork, and it couldn’t have been easier.  Slow cooker meals are worth their weight in gold.  The best part is, you’ll have leftovers if you don’t have to feed a crowd.  These are leftovers that nobody’s going to complain about!

These pulled pork sandwiches are delicious as is, or with barbecue sauce.  You decide how crazy you want to get. 🙂   Make your own sauce, or go buy your favorite.  I enjoy a crunchy slaw when I eat pulled pork, so I served my Coleslaw with Creamy Curry Dressing with this dish.  It’s great alongside, or even in the sandwich!

pulled pork sandwiches with smoky orange barbecue sauce

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Smoky Orange Barbecue Sauce
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Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Smoky Orange Barbecue Sauce is sweet, savory, smoky, and finger lickin' good! This is a slow cooker meal that will leave leftovers that nobody will complain about!
Serves: About 12 servings
  • (1) 3.5 - 4 lb. pork shoulder roast
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • Rolls, for serving
Smoky Orange Barbecue Sauce:
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons orange or clementine juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange or clementine zest
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Rinse the pork roast and pat dry with paper towels. Place the sliced onions on the bottom of your slow cooker. Combine the brown sugar, paprika, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture over the entire roast. Place the roast in the slow cooker on top of the onion layer.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard powder, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper with a whisk. Pour ⅓ of the vinegar mixture over the pork roast. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook the roast on low heat for 10-12 hours. Cover the remaining vinegar mixture and refrigerate. About ½ hour before the roast is done, pour another ⅓ of the vinegar mixture over the roast, and re-cover.
  3. When the roast is done, remove the meat and onions from the slow cooker and place in a large bowl. Shred the meat, and pour the remaining vinegar mixture over the meat, mixing it in gently.
Prepare the Smoky Orange Barbecue Sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, orange juice, zest, honey, Worcestershire, soy sauce, molasses, mustard powder, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper with a whisk. Warm the sauce a bit in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Mix in the meat, or serve alongside.
Adapted by Pulled Pork Sandwiches from What Megan's Making

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