These pulled pork sandwiches are designed to travel to a tailgate or picnic. Plan ahead to prep the pulled pork in the slow cooker a day ahead. Tote the pork in an aluminum pan and reheat it on a portable grill.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed
1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup water
¼ cup honey
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
⅛- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
Cut pork into 1½- to 2-inch chunks. Sprinkle on all sides with five-spice powder, rubbing it in with your fingers. Heat oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. Add the pork and cook, turning to evenly brown all sides, until well browned.
Transfer the pork to a 3½- to 4-qt. slow cooker. Add water. Cover and cook until the meat shreds easily with a fork, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low.
Transfer the meat to a cutting board, leaving the cooking juices in the slow cooker. Let cool slightly, then shred with two forks, discarding any fat. Transfer the shredded meat to a 1½- to 2-qt. shallow foil pan.
Skim fat from the cooking juices. Measure out ½ cup of the cooking juices (discard the rest). Whisk ¼ cup of the juices, honey, vinegar, soy sauce and crushed red pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Pour over the meat and toss to coat. Add the remaining ¼ cup juices, if desired. Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Tote the meat to the tailgate in an insulated cooler. To reheat, place the covered pan on a charcoal or gas grill over medium coals or heat. Cover and grill until heated through, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, grill buns, cut-sides down, until toasted, about 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to serve the hot meat in the buns (see Tip).
250 calories;7 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 15 mcg folate; 39 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 9 g added sugars; 23 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 57 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 411 mg sodium; 360 mg potassium