side dish suggestions (and recipes) for pulled pork sandwiches
Hello Hounds! We are hosting a group of teenagers this weekend and we will be making pulled pork (crockpot) sandwiches. Do you have any suggestions for side dishes? Recipes would be much appreciated... TIA!!
Baked beans and coleslaw. For the cole slaw(no time to post recipe now cause computer is slow!) but I would go with a sweet sour type dressing vs. a creamy dressing. Have fun!
We like a big pan of mac & cheese, any recipe will usually do, even Stouffers!
Also do a cole slaw, with a basic cider vinegar/mayo. salt & sugar dressing. Sometimes sub in broccoli slaw for cabbage.
Also love to make braised southern greens. Clean a pack from the market, then sautee some chopped onion in oil in a big dutch oven, add half the greens, some salt. Cover and let wilt, at medium temp. Then add the rest of the greens, more salt and chopped garlic. Some times bacon or pork in the beginning, with the onions. Cover, reduce heat to low. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, sometimes I move it to a smaller burner. Stir in some red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar and lots of fresh ground pepper. Let that cook a little with the cover off. Also good with toasted bread crumbs on top, or add some golden raisins with the vinegar, and let soften for a couple of minutes. Keeps well on the stove for a bit if other stuff isn't ready yet. Enjoy!
You need a nice vinegar based cole slaw to cut the fat of the pork.
Carolina Cole Slaw
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 medium cabbage (about 1 1/4 pounds), thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
Combine vinegar, sugar, oil, mustard and celery seeds in nonaluminum medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and dressing comes to boil.
Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Cool completely.
Combine cabbage, onion and green pepper in large bowl.
Add dressing; toss to coat.
Cover; refrigerate until cold, tossing occasionally, at least 2 hours.
(Can be made1 day ahead. Cover; keep refrigerated.)
Hush puppies of course. And a vinegary coleslaw (on top of the sandwich if you ask me). Chopped fried Okra is always welcome, altho if you're not an expert at preventing sliminess it sho' won't fly with teenagers. Also? If you're not drenching the pulled pork in some gloopy tomato concoction, a squirt bottle of vinegary bbq sauce (halved or doubled as needed):
1 c. white vinegar
1 c. cider vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. crushed red pepper
1 tbsp. Tabasco sauce
Salt and black pepper to taste
To me the squirt bottle is half the meal, but I may be a little off.