We hosted our 7th annual 4th of July party last night and it was a huge success! Our homemade barbequed pork sandwiches are always a crowd-pleaser and this year was certainly no exception. I made a huge batch, thinking we’d have plenty leftover to enjoy throughout the rest of the week – but it was gobbled up faster than a firework!
I roasted up a 10 pound pork loin (pictures of that huge sucker on my Facebook page) on Saturday. That night our power went out (due to the heat) so I had to shred it up by candlelight! Shredding ten pounds of pork is tedious work, so consider yourself warned – it takes hours! On Sunday I simmered up some homemade barbeque sauce, stirred in the shredded pork, and refrigerated it until the day of our party when I let it simmer on low in my Nesco for a few hours prior to our party starting. It’s a time consuming process, but boy is it worth it!
10# pork loin, roasted and shredded
3 c. ketchup
3 c. tomato sauce
1 & 3/4 c. brown sugar
1 & 3/4 c. red wine vinegar
3/4 c. unsulfured molasses
6 t. hickory-flavored liquid smoke
3 T. butter
3/4 t. garlic powder
3/4 t. onion powder
Just under ½ t. chili powder
1½ t. paprika
3/4 t. celery seed
Just under ½ t. cinnamon
3/4 t. cayenne pepper
1½ t. ground black pepper
In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together all ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 20 minutes. For thicker sauce simmer longer, and for thinner sauce simmer for less time. (Sauce can also be thinned with water if necessary.) Stir in shredded pork and continue simmering on low until pork is heated through. (I like to simmer it on low for a couple of hours before serving for really flavorful and tender BBQ.)
|Homemade BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches|
This recipe (adjusted from this source) makes enough BBQ to feed a party of about 40 hungry people. We had 30 adults and 20 children (most of them around 2 years old) at our party and the pan was scraped clean!
Serve this at your next summer party and it’s sure to be hit!