The weather is certainly changing. Fall has definitely arrived! Even in Florida our mornings can be on the brisk side. This is the time of the year that we turn and look for comfort foods. Don’t you agree? Those hot meals that give us that ahhh! feeling. Now that summer is over, it’s time to dust off that slow cooker and get to work. I don’t know about you but I love dishes that I can make with little effort. It certainly can make preparing dinner so much easier specially if your on a tight schedule. For me, I let the cooker do all the work. One of many reasons why I love to cook in my slow cooker is because your meats are so juicy, tender and flavorful. The meat practically melts in your mouth. So good!
One of my favorite dishes to make during the Fall is my Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders with a side of Fried Pickles Oh my! These sandwiches are great for dinner on a Sunday, tailgating and parties. You name the occasion, this dish is great to serve any day of the week. I mean just because Summer has ended doesn’t mean you gotta give up for favorite BBQ foods right? We surely don’t.
Adding a side of Fried Pickles to this meal gives it that over the top kick. Which we love. Tackle a few of these Spicy Pork Sliders and a handful of Fried Pickles and it’s a done deal.
The Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder has the best taste in my opinion for this recipe. It’s extra tender to begin with so you’ll know when it comes to shredding the pork it will be done with ease.
For this recipe, I decided to make my own BBQ sauce to go along with my pulled pork sliders. It’s actually very simple to do. I love a sauce that has a kick to it. We are a family that loves spicy foods so this recipe is a breeze. By combining ketchup, molasses, hot sauce, vinegar, mustard, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and cayenne pepper, this spicy BBQ sauce will be your favorite.
If you want the holy grail of flavored meat then it’s a must to have a rub. When making a rub, I like to have seasons that blend well together. Specially those that will complement my foods. For this rub recipe, I used brown sugar, salt, cumin, paprika, black and cayenne pepper. You can also add a tablespoon of oregano to this rub mixture.
When rubbing down your pork, you want to make sure that you coat your meat well and it’s spread evenly. Trust me, you wanna make sure that you leave no spaces uncovered. Next, I would recommend wrapping it up and placing your pork in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. It’s not a big deal if you don’t but if you do, your pork will be submerge in flavor.
I’m telling ya, the slow cooker will be your best friend during the cold months. Just look how amazing this pulled pork turned out. I used a fork to separate as I pulled the meat apart. The juices from the BBQ sauce and rub blend so well together. The meat was juicy and tender. It was hard for me to resist so I did a little sampling before serving my family. (Ha-Ha) It was so delicious!
For this dish, I used Hawaiian rolls. The sweetness of flavor it brings to the shredded pork is amazing! I added some cole slaw to give it that crunchy edge. Boy, add some extra BBQ sauce and you will be crowned the dipping queen. Hey, it’s all in a days work for this mom! Foods that are sloppy taste so good don’t they?
Author: Sunshine and Flip Flops
- Boneless Pork Shoulder 4lbs
- 3 Tablespoons of Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon of Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon of Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon of Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon of Cayenne
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cup of Ketchup
- 1/2 Cup of Molasses
- 1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp of Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4 tsp of Hot Sauce
- Hawaiian Buns
- Fried Pickles
- Jar of Dill Pickles ( I used pre-cut pickles)
- 1 Cup of Buttermilk
- 2 Tablespoons of Hot Sauce
- 1 Cup of All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup of Corn Meal
- Vegetable Oil for frying
- Cole Slaw
- Place your Boneless Pork Shoulder or (Pork Lion) on a cutting board
- In a bowl combine Sugar, Salt, Cumin, Paprika, Black Pepper and Cayenne. Mix together set aside.
- Turn your slow cooker on high.
- Begin to rub the seasoning all over the pork. Make sure the seasons are evenly coated.
- Place pork in your slow cooker.
- In a bowl combine together your Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Ketchup, Molasses, Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper and Hot Sauce. Whisk well.
- Pour half of your homemade BBQ sauce in your slow cooker. Save the remainder for sliders.
- Cook for 7 hours on high.
- Remove your pork and place it in a bowl. Your pork should be pulling apart with ease. Take a fork and shred.
- Take your buns and place your shredded pork inside. Add extra BBQ sauce and Cole Slaw if desired.
- Remove your pickles from the jar and place them in a colander. Remove them to a paper towel to drain completely.
- Combine your hot sauce and buttermilk in a bowl. In a separate bowl add cornmeal and flour. You may add extra Cayenne if you want to bring the heat. Mix well.
- In batches add your pickles to the buttermilk then dip them into the flour mixture.
- Add oil to your pan and cook on medium heat. Turn your pickles until they are crispy and golden brown. (About 2 minutes)
- Serve Hot and Enjoy!
If you haven’t tried Fried Pickles yet then what are you waiting for? These golden oh so crunchy pickles are to die for! They are so easy to make and pair up so well with my Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders. Comfort foods are totally the best!
So tell me what pork recipe do you like to make with Smithfield products?
Would love to know!