Sometimes our family dinners are somewhat elegant with a centerpiece and everything “just so.” Other times we have a casual meal. But that doesn’t mean that family dinners are ever anything but delicious! This is a casual week and I’m making Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Pulled pork is something my family really enjoys and I make it a couple of different ways. This is the version that most kids prefer because the sauce for the other is vinegar-based. The sweet yet spicy flavor of Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches appeals to everyone.
This is one of the meals that cooks all day but oh boy is it worth getting an early start! And it’s really just a long roasting time. The active cooking time isn’t very long. It takes less than 30 minutes of actual work.
Here’s my schedule for making Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches
10:55 a.m. – Line a roasting pan with foil and put a wire rack in the bottom. (Total: 1 minute)
11:00 a.m. – Rinse the pork shoulder and pat it dry. Put it in the roasting pan and sprinkle it generously with kosher salt. (Total: 4 minutes)
11:45a.m. – Preheat oven to 33 degrees. Mix maple syrup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, thyme, garlic, and chipotle powder in a medium bowl
and coat the pork all over. End with the fat side up and put a generous amount of the maple syrup mixture on the fat, allowing it to drip over the ends of the pork.
Tent the pork with foil. (Total: 12 minutes)
12:00 p.m. – Place roasting pan in lower third of oven. Roast for 4 hours.
This is what it looks like after 4 hours.
Take a nap. Watch Netflix. Do whatever you want.
4:00 p.m. – Remove the foil tent and continue roasting pork for 2 additional hours.
After 6 hours it’s ready to rest.
6:00 p.m. – Take the pork out of the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
6:15 p.m. – Remove excess fat and shred pork (I use a couple of forks to do this). (Total: 10 – 12 minutes)
You’ll get a mountain of meat from an 8 lb. pork shoulder!
6:30 p.m. – Serve Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches on rolls.
6:32 p.m. – Humbly accept the praise from family for such a great meal!
Most of the day is spent impatiently waiting for dinner to be ready! I’m telling you, as the scent of the pork bathed in that yummy sauce fills the house it’s hard not to want to pull it out early! The usual reaction when people walk in the door is “Oh. My. Gosh! That smells fantastic!”
I like to use a little of the juice from the roasting pan right on the sandwich!
The leftovers make great lunches or even dinner the next night. I’ve never had anyone turn down having these sandwiches two nights in a row!
I wish you could smell this amazing pork! And I wish you could taste it! Trust me; you’re going to want to make Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches!
Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork Sandwiches are so delicious you'll want to make them all year 'round! And the time you spend actively cooking is under 30 minutes!
- 1 pork shoulder (about 8 pounds)
- Kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder (or more if you want it really spicy)
- Line a roasting pan with foil and put a wire rack in the bottom.
- Rinse and pat the pork shoulder dry and place it on the rack.
- Salt the pork generously all over with kosher salt and let it sit at room temperature for an at least an hour (up to 75 minutes).
- Combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, thyme, minced garlic, and chipotle powder and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Coat the pork in the maple syrup mixture all over and end with it fat side up with a generous amount of the maple syrup mixture on the fat.
- Cover the pork with foil and place in lower 1/3 of oven and roast for 4 hours.
- Remove foil and continue to roast for 2 additional hours.
- Remove roast from oven and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Shred pork using two forks.
- Serve on rolls.
Adapted from Food52