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Oct 26, 2011 12:54 PM

What are the Best Buns For Pulled Pork?

I'm looking for the best hamburger style buns for Carolina style pulled pork barbecue. I haven't been satisfied with my grocery store brand buns that turn to mush when the sauce gets to them.

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  1. Purists opt for cheap hamburger buns but I always go for Kaiser rolls. They tend to be slightly bigger than regular hamburger buns so I can pile on extra pork and sauce without worrying about them falling apart.

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    1. re: CDouglas

      Really, you don't want the bread to be the star. Down here (in NC, that is) the buns of choice are either Sunshine or Merita hamburger buns. That's the slightly sweet, squishy white-bread-like stuff that you might otherwise be embarrassed to serve to your guests.

      If you really feel that you can't do the squishy stuff then Kaiser rolls that aren't too crusty could work. It's not authentic, but if you like it, go for it. Just don't tell anyone down here I said so. I could have my Southern citizenship revoked.

      1. re: rockycat

        Seconded, although if there's enough sauce to turn the bread to mush, we've already chucked authenticity out the window.

    2. I'm in the Kaiser roll camp also; the bigger, the firmer, the better, but I do recognize and appreciate the soft squishy hamburger buns that are the usual offering.

      1. Are you interested in making your own? King Arthur has a great recipe on their site that is super easy and turns out my favorite buns for pulled pork. Even if you don't bake you can make them, and extras can hang out in the freezer. I too hate regular buns that disintegrate, but I still love a plain soft bun (just home made).

            1. re: jnk

              +1 ~ A better size for me than Kaiser rolls, a better texture than the standard soft hamburger buns that stands up better to the sauce.

              1. re: Terrie H.

                Defintiely Martins, and now they make slider side which are fun too.

                1. re: coll

                  Oops was supposed to be slider SIZE, sorry.

                  1. re: coll

                    Quaditto on the Martins. Better texture than your average hamburger bun.