Pulled Pork Sandwich

I was checking out the meat counter at the grocery and spotted some pork tenderloin. I suddenly remembered some blog posts and articles about pulled pork that I chanced upon recently. I didn't know the exact recipe, but I was sure I could improvise.

I have made pulled pork sandwiches before, but I served it with salad greens and sharp cheese. Decided to try making it with coleslaw this time. Red wine vinegar and honey coleslaw to be exact!

Making the different parts of the sandwich is somewhat tedious. There are so many steps you have to do, but in the end you will be rewarded with a glorious, messy sandwich that will leave you wanting for more!

To make this yourself, you'll need:
pork tenderloin
hamburger buns
barbecue sauce
soy sauce
apple cider vinegar
red wine vinegar
worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
onions- sliced into rings
cabbage- shredded
carrots- sliced into thin strips

Cook the pork tenderloin until tender. What I do is I put the meat in a pressure cooker with water, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper, chopped onions and chilies, and seal the lid to let it pressure cook for about a 40 minutes to an hour. (I just make sure that there's enough liquid in the pressure cooker!) Once cooked, let it cool down and when easy to handle, pull the meat apart into shreds. Set aside.

To make the coleslaw, shred the cabbage and carrots and place in a bowl. Add salt and pepper, red wine vinegar and honey and let it sit for about an hour to let the flavors meld. This will yield softer yet still crunchy slaw. If you want, you can add mayonnaise to give it a creamier texture. I like vinegar so I used it liberally for this dish.

Then chop some onions and saute then in a pan with some olive oil. Once caramelized, add some barbecue sauce. To tweak the flavors even more, add red wine vinegar, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and honey. You can substitute ingredients to your liking.

Then all you have to do is assemble the sandwich! Place a heated hamburger bun on a plate, add the pulled pork, top it with some coleslaw and onions with barbecue sauce. 

I really like vinegar so I think that some picky eaters might find this too acidic. You can always lessen the vinegar and add more barbecue sauce instead. I'm thinking of adding cheese and greens next time. And I'll probably make a yogurt slaw to try out new flavors. I jotted down one of Jamie Oliver's recipes. I have a feeling I still have a lot of experimenting to do!

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