Barbecued Pork Sandwiches

Making your own barbecue sauce, rather than using a commercial sauce, reduces the sodium content in this recipe. The sauce is very easy to prepare.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup water

  • ½ (6 ounce) can (1/3 cup) tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 12 ounces pork tenderloin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, cut into thin strips

  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. Lightly coat an unheated small saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in the water, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, oregano and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, trim fat from meat. Cut meat into bite-size strips. Lightly coat an unheated large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat; sprinkle with salt. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until meat is slightly pink in center. Stir in the sauce and sweet pepper; heat through. Serve the meat mixture in toasted buns.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
4g Fat
27g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2/3 cup meat mixture and 1 bun
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 17g 35%
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Vitamin A 282IU 6%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Folate 82mcg 20%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 36mg 8%
Potassium 327mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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