Sunday, July 14, 2013

cane syrup pulled pork sandwiches

Today's guest post comes from one of my biggest blog crushes, Erika of Southern Souffle. This gal is legit. Not only is she hilarious, but she cooks up some serious Southern comfort food like pecan pie granolaandouille slider burgers, and, omg y'all, spiked Arnold Palmer pops. Do you see why I adore her? So I'm pretty happy to have her today, and you should be too... I mean, check out these sandwiches...

Well Hellloooo there!

Let me start off with a big thanks to Marie for allowing me to bring my ridiculousness to her lovely blog!  This is my first guest post and I'm at a complete loss over what to say. Before that, I was at a complete loss over what to make. Fortunately but unfortunately, I made these pulled pork sandwiches yesterday. This is fortunate, because it gave me something delicious to use for this post. This is unfortunate, because in the process of devouring my sandwich, there was an incident, a mishap of spilled BBQ sauce on my favorite light blue dress.

My favorite light blue dress that I purchased at full price from Anthropologie during a moment of insanity.  At the time the purchase didn't seem crazy... No, no.. American Express gives you 30 days to come to that realization. So now I have a cute little blue dress with an abstract painting of BBQ sauce on it. But the tender, juicy, tangy-sweet tastes of these sandwiches were so worth it.

These pulled pork sandwiches, are everything that I love about food and BBQ... minus Bourbon. There should have been Bourbon.

Instead, there is Cane syrup mixed in with your basic ingredients for BBQ sauce, and what you have is a succulent piece of pulled pork that can barely be contained by 2 pieces of bread.

Cane Syrup is a sweetener, made from the concentration of cane juice that's been cooked in open kettles. It was often incorporated into a lot of dishes growing up. For as long as my memory serves me, the distinctive yellow Steen Brothers label was constantly sitting on the counter. Waiting its turn to be poured into the marinades, the cake mixes, the gingerbreads and sometimes even the cocktails.
It's truly a southern staple... sorta like Duke's mayo.

With Marie being in Texas and I in the great state of Georgia, we share a love of BBQ. So let's have a cookout, a backyard soiree. I'll bring these little beauties, Marie will bring her Coconut Banana Cream Pie, and y'all bring some napkins. Better yet -- bibs, cause this could get messy.

Cane Syrup Pulled Pork Sandwiches 
Prep Time- 20 mins Cook Time- 6 hours Yield- 12 servings 

1 pork roast, preferably shoulder or Boston butt
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp dry mustard
2 tbsp kosher salt

Cane Syrup BBQ Sauce:

½ cup cane syrup (I use Steen Brothers)
3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp yellow mustard
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Hamburger buns


In a small bowl, mix paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard, and salt.  Rub spice blend all over pork roast. Place roast in bowl or container, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

When ready to cook, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce in a separate bowl until well combined. Place pork roast in slow cooker. Pour prepared sauce over the meat, set slow cooker to high and cook for about 6 hours.

Remove the roast from slow cooker and shred with a fork. Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker mixing in with the sauce. Let sit in slow cooker on low until ready to serve.

Serve piled on a bun topped with slaw if you like.

Adapted from Food Network
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  1. I love pulled pork, I have got to pin to try these!

  2. this post literally makes my mouth water

  3. Do you comment on your own post. I don't know the rules of guest posting. Thanks Marie for having me and thanks all for your lovely comments. :)

  4. I also have a love for BBQ...and it's the best down south!! Whenever I visit, I hit up all the BBQ places :) These sandwiches look amazing!

  5. Looks absolutely delicious! I wish I could grab one and take a big bite. Love BBQ and pulled pork, in particular. Great recipe!

  6. This sounds amazing!! I may have to give this a try with tofu since I am a big fan of bbq "pulled pork" tofu sandwiches!

  7. Awwww, love Erika and this recipe! Fantastic guest post and also, I'll take a dozen of these sammies, kthanksbye.

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  8. I have a bib! And sympathy for you about your lovely dress. Many an article of clothing I have sacrificed on the altar of delicious food. And I simply love your "There should have been Bourbon". Completely agree. Bourbon, always! :)

  9. Wow, I can sink my teeth into this. Looks scrumptious!

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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