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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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What kind of toppings would be good on a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich??

Onion Rings?? Cheeses?? Anything??


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  1. Nothing greasy. Pulled pork is greasy enough. You need a touch of acidity. Cole slaw is a nice contrast to the pork. or maybe sweet pickled onions.

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      1. Slaw and pickles are usually what I want on my pulled pork sandwiches. Just a classic sandwich.

        1. and another big thumbs up for coleslaw and pickles. I like the zesty bread and butter (pickle) chips.

          1. A vinegar based sauce instead of a sweet tomato based one...
            The slaw idea is spot on........


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            1. re: Uncle Bob

              Totally agree about the vinegar based sauce. I just cringe when I see someone dump "BBQ sauce" all over pulled pork. Vinegar sauce and some cole slaw is the way to go.

              1. Coleslaw




                1. Agree with everyone saying coleslaw.

                  1. Pickles, chopped onions, maybe a touch of mustard if the sauce is too sweet.

                    1. Slaw

                      Alabama White Sauce is nice too. Though not traditional.


                      1. slaw and pickles...I've been making a mayo-less slaw that compliments the pork nicely

                        1. Cole slaw is classic but... how about:
                          Bourbon-baked beans or Jalapeño creamed corn?

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                          1. re: Gio

                            On top of the pulled pork or on the side?

                            1. re: wyogal

                              These are side dishes, not toppings... didn't really answer the OP's question, did I. OTOH, I have seen some people use baked beans as a topping.

                              1. re: Gio

                                bourbon baked beans - from scratch or an upgrade from a can? Either way, sounds good

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    bacon and bourbon, what could possibly go wrong....'cept the pineapple!

                                      1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                        You know, I actually like the notion of a couple thin slices of pineapple on a pulled pork sandwich. I may have to try that one this summer.

                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          Pineapple and pork certainly work well together in tacos al pastor...

                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                            Yeah, that's kinda what I was thinkin'.

                                            A quarter inch dice of the fruit might be great, especially with some red onion, garlic, cilantro, chiles, etc. A pineapple salsa on top of barbecued pork sounds awesome.

                                  1. re: rasputina

                                    creamed corn on top? I can see the beans on top, though.
                                    It was stated that the poster meant on the side.

                                      1. re: rasputina

                                        No coleslaw
                                        No, coleslaw.

                                        I prefer coleslaw on top, and beans or creamed corn on the side (which was the intent as it was clarified). I also stated that earlier.

                                        1. re: wyogal

                                          hahahaha... this is hilarious! Who's on first?

                                          1. re: Gio

                                            I know, had a chuckle, myself! ha!

                              2. If I've spent 10 to 12 hours tending the smoker, I don't want to put anything on in it other than a tiny bit of barbecue sauce.

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                                1. re: chileheadmike

                                  Amen to that. I think all of the suggestions would be good...but on the side. Don't like messy food much to begin with, so pulled pork and sauce is about it IN the sandwich for me. But thank for all the great ideas for sides.

                                2. slaw of course

                                  absolutely no cheese

                                  1. Coleslaw, for sure. Make it yourself so it's not too sweet.

                                    1. Coleslaw seems to be the clubhouse favorite here. I favor what I also put on brisket sandwiches - a few dill pickle slices and a slice of onion, plus jalapenos and a little BBQ sauce.

                                      1. Cole slaw is the classic, but if you want something a little more "out of the box", try a cheeseburger or a soft, fried egg. In addition to (or, frankly in lieu of) those "toppings", thinly sliced red onion, pickled jalapeno slices, or finely diced habanero chiles are great additions.

                                        1. Cole slaw, and more pulled pork.

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                                          1. re: ricepad

                                            ....and more pulled pork.

                                            You betcha!!! ~~ It's got to be all about the pork or it quickly loses it identity. ~~ That would be sad!

                                            1. re: Uncle Bob

                                              After you've made enough barbecue, you realize that the pulled pork is really just a jumping off point. Changing rolls, breads, toppings, sauces, etc. is where the fun truly begins. The hot "bark" off the shoulder or ham is precious - only to be eaten fresh off the offset and without adornment. Once the meat gets pulled and seasoned, anything goes. Try smearing some Vietnamese chile-garlic sauce on one half of the bun.

                                          2. To be honest, I'm kinda disappointed in this thread. Ain't there no one else who does fun, tasty, funky, sh*t with their pulled pork. I mean, I make up to four whole shoulders at a time on the offset. Once the party's over, and the log splittin's done, you've got a lot of leftovers. After the second day, lettuce, tomato, and onion slices with pulled pork on a Jersey hard roll or a ciabatta tastes awesome. If you add a thin hamburger patty with melted Swiss cheese and/or a poached egg, you've got some beyond 'houndworthy eats.

                                            Are there no other creative sandwich makers? I mean, it's barbecued pork, fatty and delicious, lightly sauced - there is so, so much that it has to offer.

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                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              I'm starting to prefer sautéed rapini (with chile and garlic) over coleslaw and pickles with pulled pork.

                                              Have also used up the pork making banh mi (so, cucumber, do chua, cilantro, pickled onions, a little sriracha-and nuoc cham-spiked mayonnaise) and spring rolls.

                                              1. re: wattacetti

                                                Rapini is my go to veggie...agreed that would be a good addition.

                                              2. re: MGZ

                                                I think it's because it's perfect as is, with the addition of coleslaw and a pickle. It's not about creativity, its about "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

                                                1. re: wyogal

                                                  Everything can be improved upon.

                                                  Just curious, though, how do you do your cooks?

                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                    Not really, there are some things that I think are good, as is.
                                                    I don't understand your question, "...how do you do your cooks?"

                                                    1. re: wyogal

                                                      Cooker? Fuel? Cook time? Resting time? Sauce? . . . .

                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                        So, is this a challenge? Not biting.

                                                        1. re: wyogal

                                                          As I said. I'm curious. Not all pulled pork is the same. I wouldn't suggest the toppings I have for a crockpot version.

                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                            Well, one can't make BBQ in a crockpot.

                                                            1. re: Virginian

                                                              Clearly, but lots of folk seem to make pulled pork that way. It's not my thing, but if that's their way, that's their way.

                                                      2. re: wyogal

                                                        i think MGZ meant, "how do you cook yours?"

                                                      3. re: MGZ

                                                        You can't improve upon Berenice Marlohe.

                                                  2. i go with either a bit of a very good bbq sauce, or a vinegar sauce, and some pickles. slaw is nice, but i love slaw so much i would rather just eat it as a side. i alctually do really like an entire slice of red onion on pulled pork as well.

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                                                    1. re: charles_sills

                                                      Sliced onion is awfully good on barbecue. Now, though, this thread has me thinking that roasted garlic might be fine spread on the top half of the bun.

                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                        My local barbecue spot, C&K in Parrish, FL, didn't stock onions until they observed me unwrapping my own slice of onion on a few visits.

                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                          As I said, everything can be made better - even me! Gilding the lily as they say.

                                                    2. I've never thought of using onion rings but it sounds good. For sandwiches I've always added hot sauce and coleslaw or cheese. For left over pulled pork I've used it to make nachos, pulled pork cheese fries, for breakfast with fried eggs and potato pancakes, baked potatoes, etc. Putting it on a pile of onion rings sounds like a good idea.

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                                                      1. re: tohkeeoh

                                                        "Putting it on a pile of onion rings sounds like a good idea."

                                                        It does indeed! Maybe a side of hot cheese whiz sauce for dippin'?

                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                            I have been known to melt a slice of Cheddar on mine.

                                                        1. Pickles and sliced red onion.

                                                          1. This might be a little off, but for the kosher-diner who can not eat a pulled pork sandwich, what's the next best thing?

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                                                            1. I like to use a creamy pepper jack type of cheese whenever i make a pulled pork recipe. Whether its pulled pork sandwiches or nachos I go with a nice creamy cheese. This is the recipe I use is from the chow.com