Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Paleo BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

There's not much better than a pulled pork sandwich with some sweet tangy coleslaw on top.  It is one of my husband's favorite meals when we go out to BBQ.  Not exactly paleo but definitely delicious.  I decided to make my own version of this classic dish grain and refined sugar free.  Yes, this is the most natural pulled pork sandwich you will ever eat.  Go ahead, try it!  Not feeling ambitious enough to make grain free sandwich bread?  No problem!  Whip up a big batch of Celery Seed Coleslaw and pile some of your paleo pork on top for a pulled pork salad!

Make your favorite meals paleo style and you will never feel deprived again!

1 loaf grain free sandwich bread, sliced
1 batch Celery Seed Coleslaw
1-4lb boneless pork butt
1 recipe Paleo BBQ Sauce (below)

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
1 onion, diced
7 cloves garlic, minced
2tbs apple cider vinegar
2tbs molasses
2tbs honey
1tsp chili powder
2tbs dijon mustard
1/2tsp allspice
4tbs butter
1/4tsp cayenne pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
2. In a large saucepan, combine and whisk all of your bbq ingredients.  Bring to a boil and simmer a few minutes to dissolve the sugars and combine the flavors.  Let cool slightly.  Use an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients until smooth (alternatively you could use a blender).
3. In a large bean pot or dutch oven, place your pork fat side down.  Pour the bbq sauce over the top of the pork.
4. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours or until the pork has a nice deep brown crust on top and can be easily pulled with a fork.
5. Remove from the oven, and shred the pork as thick or thin as you like and place it in a large bowl or serving platter.
6. If the juices in the pot are too thin, this is a good time to skim the fat and move it over to a sauce pan to boil down to a thick sauce.  Mine came out perfectly so I just poured the thick sauce over the top of my shredded pork and give it a good toss.
7. Place a big pile of pork on top of some grain free sandwich bread and top with coleslaw.  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Method:  You could also use a slow cooker but it will not come out quite as good because you won't get that nice crust on the top of the pork.  To do it, follow instructions 1-3, cover and turn to low for 8 hours.  Remove the meat when it is tender and boil down your juices until it forms a thick sauce.  Then move to step 7.  Enjoy!

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