Smoky Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Spiralized Apple Slaw.
On PRETZEL BUNS! Oh yes.
And with maple mustard. MAPLE mustard. Please tell me that there are other insane mustard lovers out there. I don’t mind throwing my heart and soul at a condiment.
But hold up, FIRST, also puhhhleeease tell me how I have gone so long without spiralizing apples?! I mean, sure, I’ve spiralized zucchini and sweet potato and other vegetables, but fruit? Hello. This is my wheelhouse. I am a fruit fanatic. I might just spiralize my apples from now on and eat them this way through the end of the season.
It’s simple. It’s pretty! And it uses up every single bit of the apple except for the stem and seeds. Super cool if you ask me.
It’s not alllll about the apples though. I’m in a major pulled pork mood at the moment. I mean, technically, I guess I’m always in that mood, but lately I’ve been craving it more often than not. Especially, roasting a pork shoulder or even throwing one in the crockpot and using it for multiple different meals. So, seasoning it in a delicious yet versatile way in order to cure my meal boredom and also so I have an excuse to throw pulled pork on all the things.
In this case, I used almost the same recipe as my kalua pulled pork ( <um, no, it’s not coffee flavored!) so the meat would be super smoky. I loved the idea of a smoked sandwich with some briney and sweet mustard, topped with more briney and sweet slaw. So much flavor. So much texture. So much OH MY GOSH.
I don’t know any other expression to use for this.
Also, I was in totally food snobbery mode and could NOT find a bun that was making me happy for these sandwiches. Nothing seemed good enough at the grocery store, so I took about making my own. I used this recipe for soft pretzel rolls and kept them somewhat tiny, almost slider size, because I knew this would be a rich, loaded sandwich.
I also knew that Eddie would be THRILLED with a capital T to have pretzel buns to snack on throughout the week. In true food-blog-husband fashion, he started eating them before I even used them and I was all STOP IT WHAT ARE YOU DOING I NEED THE UNIFORMLY SIZED ONES.I will choose which ones you are allowed to eat. Okay?
Living in my kitchen is a joy. Right.
So yeah, that’s the whole shebang. I made a similar sandwich last year but was deprived of spiralizing apples. Now:
Pretzel bun plus
smoky, juicy pulled pork plus
maple Dijon mustard plus
spiralized apple slaw. !!!!!!
A million times better, don’t you think?!
Smoky Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Spiralized Apple Slaw
- 1 (4-pound) pork shoulder roast
- 2 teaspoons tablespoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- pretzel buns or whatever bun you want! (mine were slider size)
spiralized apple slaw
- 2 apples, spiralized
- 1 1/2 cups fresh arugula
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker and cover it with the salt and liquid smoke, turning a few times to coat. Add the minced garlic cloves. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. After 8 to 10 hours, the pork will easily shred with a fork. Shred it and mix with the juice in the slow cooker. I like to turn my slow cooker on high and let it sit with the lid off for 15 minutes or so – I find that if it’s extra liquidy, some of the liquid will be absorbed.
- Assemble the sandwiches on the bun of your choice with the maple mustard on the bottom, the pork piled on top and lots of apple slaw!
spiralized apple slaw
- Toss the spiralized apples and arugula in a bowl. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour it over the apples and toss well.
- Whisk together the mustard and maple syrup until combined.
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42 Comments on “Smoky Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Spiralized Apple Slaw.”
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I wish I had it for breakfast toooo!! I love mustard, and it’s probably my favorite condiment because I’m into vinegary-type things, ya know? Maple mustard sounds like my dream come true. I LOVE pulled pork, and you truly sold me with the pretzel bun. That is probably my fave part – I am addicted to pretzel stuff. DO NOT buy Trader Joe’s pretzel bagels because the addiction is a serious thing. You will be hooked, and it becomes a burden. Trust me.
Haha, I am always telling my fiancé which cookies/muffins/cupcakes he can eat so I can save pretty ones for the photo shoot. You’d think eventually they’d learn to pick the uneven ones on their own, right?!
I love the idea of spiralizing an apple–definitely trying that ASAP.
Oh my gosh! These pulled pork sandwiches look soo incredible. And I love that you added apples to it! And I totally know what you mean! I tell my family that they can have the deformed not so great looking dishes first while I photograph the nicer ones. lol
If I don’t have a spiralizer, what do you recommend? grating the apple? or will that be too fine?
I’m interested in this too…I just bought one and I hate it! Which one would you recommend??
I’ve tried a couple – the Inspiralizer by Ali Maffucci is by far the best I’ve tried. It’s smaller and doesn’t have any extra blades to store. It’s also easy to clean and you can oil the mechanism yourself with regular olive oil!
Love the idea of spiralizing the apple!
LOL i always have to hide the things (usually outside of the kitchen) i want to photograph, because otherwise the vultures (aka my family) just eats everything. anyways, love that you have an apple slaw; a bit of crunch and freshness always tastes so good with pulled pork!
Look so nice. I will try to cook it.
I was just thinking yesterday about making pulled pork this weekend since it’ll finally (FINALLY) be under 30C. Bring on the fall foods.
Ha! The amount of times Pat has started to eat something before I photograph it and I end up yelling at him is too many to count on one hand! Aaaaand maple mustard sound ridic. I’m in!
OH MY GOSH. You amaze me, this looks so SO good. Making this for dinner ASAP. :)
What type of spiralizer do you use/recommend? The ribbons in the picture look so cute!
As someone who grew up on Carolina pulled pork, I am loving this sandwich. What a fun idea to spiralize apples!
OMG, I want this in front of me right now!
I love mustard of all kinds but husband prefers just regular yellow mustard so his sliders will have to stick to regular mustard and mines will enjoy maple mustard :D. These look amazing! I don’t have a spiralizer so I’ll just thinly slice the apples into sticks.
I serve/eat my uglier food first, too. Most people know to ask before they eat the food that comes out of my kitchen, though. Maple-mustard is one of my favorite flavor combos, though I do love all mustard and could sickeningly (to most people anyway) eat it with a spoon. Aaand these sandwiches are everything I want right now. That’s all. :)
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I know how hard it can be to find the correct bun for a sandwich or burger! It can really make or break the dish. But this recipe looks so good, and I love the idea of combining the pulled pork with a homemade apple slaw.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I’m obsessed with making pretzel buns!! What a great sandwich – LOVE the maple mustard!
jessica, i literally fangirl over everything you make. these. look. fan. tas. tic.
Is it just me or does it say 2 teaspoons tablespoon coarse salt?
Spiralized apples?! Amazing!! This sounds absolutely incredible!
Fantastic, creative recipe and gorgeous photos!
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Made this today and it was so good!! Maybe too good. Or I should say two good…(actually four good if I’m being honest. Oops).
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I made just the pork from this recipe (my husband is allergic to apples) and it was AMAZING. Just the liquid smoke and garlic made the pork SO flavorful. It made a ton of pork and we ate it all up in no time. Even my three year old who is usually WAY too busy playing to sit down and eat anything, ate an entire sandwich worth of this! This is a keeper and will come back to it again and again! Thanks so much for the recipe!
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What slow cooker do you recommend? I’m looking for one with the ability to brown/saute before cooking. Thanks!
This was amazing! I was nervous the pork would be dry but man, was it the total opposite. And the maple mustard? Everything!
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Made this for dinner last night and OMG!!! SOOO good. I’ve been looking forward to the leftovers all day!! My husband said it was one of the best things he’s ever eaten.