Ladies, as a newlywed, I can assure you that the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach! And if your guy is a football fan, this recipe for Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches will become your “go-to” for tailgating parties at the stadium or entertaining at home. And it’s so easy to make for even just a quick weeknight supper. This pulled pork will taste like you spent hours over a hot stove, but the secret is in the sauce! While you are sleeping the night before your event, your crock pot will be doing ALL of the work.
First, take a boneless pork roast and/or tenderloin and place it in your crockpot. Cover with water and a heavy splash of white vinegar. The vinegar helps to tenderize the meat. Sometimes I use a pork rub on the meat for a few hours prior to adding the water, but this step is not necessary. A pound of meat will feed approximately 6 – 10 people depending on what else you are serving and how hungry your guests are. Don’t be afraid to cook too much of this dish because your guests will want to take home the leftovers or you can easily freeze it.
Next, turn the crockpot to Low, go to bed and have sweet dreams. No, I am not kidding! Let the meat cook on Low for 8 – 10 hours and then turn off the crockpot and drain off the water and juices. After the pork has cooled down, using a fork, or even your fingers, gently pull the meat apart into strips about the size of your pinky. The meat will be so tender that it will almost pull itself apart. Don’t over-pull it or the meat will become mushy during the next cooking phase.
Ssshhh, now for the secret sauce! Take a bottle of Famous Dave’s Georgia Mustard Sauce and a bottle of Famous Dave’s Devils Spit Barbeque Sauce (are you sensing a theme here?) and add both sauces to the meat until it is fairly wet. If you are a little timid about the Devils Spit, then any Famous Dave’s sauces will do the trick. Stir the sauces around, blending them together, making sure that all of the meat is covered. Depending on how much meat you cooked, you may need more than 1 bottle of each sauce. I always keep several bottles of Famous Dave’s in my pantry because we use it all year round. Next, turn the crockpot back onto the Low setting and cook for at least another 4 hours. Give it a quick stir every hour or so to make sure that the sauce is getting cooked into the meat. You may need to add more sauce if it looks like the pot is getting dry. If your guests are running late, or you are not serving your meal until half-time, simply turn the crockpot to the Warm setting. Serve this sandwich on whatever roll you wish, but for a party, might I recommend Pepperidge Farm Slider Rolls? They are the perfect size for guests to grab with one hand and cheer on the Ravens with the other. Just add baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw, and you will have a meal fit for a king. Or even your significant other.
Famous Dave’s barbeque sauces and rubs can be purchased at any of their restaurants or on their website. I wasn’t able to find any of their products in the local grocery stores where I typically shop.
Check out the next issue of Harford Hotspots where I will be writing about my most recent dining experience at Famous Dave’s Bel Air location.
Listen to Jennifer Williams on WAMD 970 AM with Maynard Edwards on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:15 a.m.