Cheesy Maple Bacon Cajun Pulled Pork Sandwich
You can substitute your own homemade or store-bought smoky, spicy rub—you’ll
need 3 to 4 tablespoons and add your favorite BBQ sauce to the pulled pork. You
can also use crisp-cooked maple bacon instead of making the maple glazed bacon,
and serve the sandwich with French fries instead of the smashed potatoes. If you
have leftovers, try pulled pork as a pizza topping, in a burrito, or stirred into
- 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 cup chicken stock, apple juice or water
- 8 soft potato burger buns, split horizontally
- 8 thick slices extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- About 24 bread and butter pickles
- To make the Cajun Pulled Pork: In a small bowl, combine the salt, black
pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and celery
seed. Rub the mixture over all sides of the meat, pressing it to adhere. Transfer
the meat to a slow cooker and add any of the spice mix that didn’t adhere. Add
the broth, cover, and cook until the pork is very tender, 6 to 8 hours on low
or 4 to 5 hours on high.
- Meanwhile, make the Sriracha Yogurt: In a small bowl, combine the yogurt
and Sriracha. Set aside in the refrigerator.
- About 1 3/4 hours before the pork is done, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, start the Crispy Potatoes: Place the potatoes in a large pot
of cold, well-salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer
and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain the potatoes
and set aside.
- While the potatoes are cooking, make the Maple Bacon: Arrange a wire rack
over a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange the bacon on the rack. Bake until
the bacon is beginning to brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
- Remove the bacon from the
oven and brush it on both sides with the maple syrup. Continue baking until
the bacon is nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and set aside
until cool enough to handle, then transfer the bacon to a plate.
- Pour the bacon
fat on the baking sheet into a measuring cup, about 3 tablespoons. Set the bacon,
bacon fat, and baking sheet aside.
- Increase the oven to 500 degrees F.
- Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet that had the bacon fat and use
a spatula to smash each to about 1/2-inch thick. Add enough olive oil to the
bacon fat to equal 1/3 cup, and then drizzle the mixture over the potatoes.
Sprinkle generously with salt.
- Bake until well browned and crisp, about 35 to
- Top with the scallions.
- While the potatoes are baking, transfer the cooked pork to a cutting board
and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Use two forks to shred the meat into bite-sized
pieces. Moisten/season with cooking juices to taste.
- Break the bacon pieces in half and arrange on the bottom halves of the rolls.
Top with the pork, cheese, and pickles and Sriracha yogurt if you’d like.
with the potatoes and Sriracha yogurt alongside.
Makes 8 sandwiches
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time 480 minutes
Nutritional Information per Serving (includes sandwich, Sriracha yogurt and
potatoes): Calories: 900 Protein: 54 grams Fat: 46 grams Sodium: 1870 milligrams
Cholesterol: 170 milligrams Saturated Fat: 21 grams Carbohydrates: 67 grams Fiber:
Reprinted with permission from
National Pork Council - porkbeinspired.com.