Pulled pork sandwiches

I love pork and I love spicy barbecue sauce. This recipe is the real deal when it comes to combining tender meat with smoky flavors.


Difficulty: Hard

Time: 360 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 900 / Protein 59g / Carbohydr. 56g / Fat 45g

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 kgpork neck
50 gbacon
2 clovesgarlic
1red onion
10 gfennel seeds
100 mlapple juice
50 mlWorcestershire sauce
100 mlbalsamic vinegar
300 mlketchup
50 mlwhiskey
20 gcilantro (fresh)
2 tsplemon juice
20 gbutter
cabbage for serving
pickles for serving
sour cream for serving


saucepan, casserole dish, oven, hand blender, grill pan, brush, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

Barbera d’Asti
The full, rich, fruity notes found in Barber d’Asti enhance the sweet and spicy flavors in the BBQ sauce. Made in the Piemonte region, this wine is aged for at least one year in oak or chestnut barrels before being sold.

Step 1

Pulled pork sandwiches

Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F. Slice bacon. Finely chop garlic and dice onion.

oven, cutting board, knife

50 g bacon / 2 cloves garlic / 1 red onion

Step 2

Pulled pork sandwiches

Preheat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté for approx. 3 – 5 min. Add chopped garlic, onions, and fennel seeds and continue to sauté for approx. 3 – 4 min. Season with salt and pepper.

saucepan, cooking spoon

10 g fennel seeds / salt / pepper

Step 3

Pulled pork sandwiches

Deglaze pan with apple juice. Add Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, and whiskey. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer until reduced by a third. Stir occasionally. Then, remove from heat and allow to cool.

100 ml apple juice / 50 ml Worcestershire sauce / 100 ml balsamic vinegar / 300 ml ketchup / 50 ml whiskey

Step 4

Pulled pork sandwiches

In the meantime, roughly chop cilantro.

cutting board, knife

20 g cilantro

Step 5

Pulled pork sandwiches

Stir chopped cilantro into sauce.

cooking spoon

Step 6

Pulled pork sandwiches

Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir in butter.

2 tsp lemon juice / 20 g butter / salt / pepper

Step 7

Pulled pork sandwiches

Using a hand blender, blend until smooth.

hand blender

Step 8

Pulled pork sandwiches

Place pork neck into a casserole dish and brush all sides with barbecue sauce. Roast in preheated oven at 150°C/300°F for approx. 6 – 8 hrs until tender. Turn and brush with more barbecue sauce every hour. Then, remove from oven and shred into small pieces using two forks.

casserole dish, brush

1 kg pork neck

Step 9

Pulled pork sandwiches

Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Grill buns for approx. 1 – 2 min. on each side. Place shredded pork onto the bun. Serve topped with cabbage, pickles, and sour cream.

grill pan

4 buns / cabbage for serving / pickles for serving / sour cream for serving