Pulled Pork Sandwich Toppers

Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwich Toppers

This recipe for a pulled pork sandwich heavily involves its layering of the pulled pork sandwich toppers. It shows a great combination of just the right flavors and textures. It guides you how to make the best pulled pork sandwich and it includes all kinds of ideas for toppings, condiments, and spices. Basically, you’ll have the opportunity to have a loaded pulled pork sandwich. And here’s how to make pulled pork, in case you needed that recipe for the grill.

There are several extremely important keys to this kind of sandwich preparation. A good pulled pork sandwich includes toppers, condiments, and spices. And they should go in an order that gives the right flavors. Even the bun should be prepped. Those aspects are covered now. Read further.

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A Good Pulled Pork Sandwich includes toppers, condiments, and spices.



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Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce and Toppers

Jeff Baygents
This pulled pork BBQ sandwich has a number of popular options. A special addition to this recipe is the bread preparation. Prepare it like the restaurants but do it here FASTER!
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Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 492kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ½ lb Pulled Pork optionally, click link for pulled pork on grill recipe
  • 1 ea hamburger bun or other preferred bread for sandwiches
  • 2 tbsp BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tbsp coleslaw
  • ¾ tsp yellow mustard

Bun Prep

  • ¼ tbsp butter
  • 1 pinch Garlic Powder
  • 1 pinch salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat up the pulled pork (microwave is fine).
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Prepare the Buns

  • Heat up a skillet/pan to medium for the buns.
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  • Distribute butter and spices on each bun half.
    ¼ tbsp butter, 1 pinch Garlic Powder, 1 pinch salt, 1 ea hamburger bun
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  • Brown the buns (inner side only) in the pan.
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Prepare the Sandwiches

  • Layer each sandwich first with pulled pork.
    ½ lb Pulled Pork
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  • Add your choice of BBQ sauce at this time.
    2 tbsp BBQ Sauce
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  • Add toppers such as Coleslaw. See notes for others.
    2 tbsp coleslaw
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  • Add condiments such as the mustard.
    ¾ tsp yellow mustard
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  • Enjoy!
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Notes

Toppers for pulled pork sandwiches have several options. The minimum classic is coleslaw, which can be sweet, mayonnaise-based, or vinegar-based. Some will just add some shredded cabbage (green and optionally a little red) for some crunch. And yes, they then might add on a teaspoon of vinegar plus a pinch of sugar.
Here are some other toppings choices:
  • Individuals also have added a slice of sweet or red onion
  • Another somewhat popular addition is about a teaspoon of finely-diced apple.
  • For those different ideas, it’s been known that others might add on slices of cucumber.
  • Regarding cheese, some do Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, or a Sharp Cheddar.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1764mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg

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What goes on a Pulled Pork Sandwich?

The content and the sequencing of the layers is sometimes important and this sandwich is one of those. Here are the 5 items for creating a standard pulled pork sandwich including toppers:

  • Pulled Pork
  • Sandwich Bun
  • Spices
  • Toppers
  • Condiments

Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwich

While the emphasis is on pulled pork sandwich toppings, here is a visual summary of the recipe for a pulled pork sandwich. It includes an appropriate focus on pork sandwich toppers like BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and mustard.


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Browned Buns
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Layering pulled pork sandwich with meat
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Layering pulled pork sandwich with BBQ sauce

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Layering pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw
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Layering pulled pork sandwich with mustard
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Completed Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich

Pulled Pork

So, to make a pulled porch sandwich to start with, you have a choice of buying the pork premade from a grocery store or making your own. If you make your own in the kitchen, the most common equipment to use are a slow cooker, instant pot, or an oven. If outdoors, the most common is via a smoker but it can also be made via a grill using indirect heat. Indoors cooking under pressure is quickest and still tender for pulling apart. Outdoors via a smoker is the longest at about 8-12 hours but has the best flavor of all sources (indoor or out).


Pulled Pork in Food Storage Bag for Freezer
Pulled Pork in Food Storage Bag for Freezer
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Thawed Pulled Pork for making Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Use your pulled pork or canned pork


Whichever method you choose, here’s our pulled pork recipe via a grill (but can also be used with a smoker) and is ready in about 5 hours total (1/2 hr prep, 4 hrs cooking, 1/2 hour rest).

Preparing the Sandwich Bun

This sandwich creation starts with seasoning and grilling the buns, commonly in homes as a hamburger bun.


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Browning seasoned, buttered buns for pulled pork sandwiches


You basically apply a slight amount of butter, a pinch of garlic powder, and a touch of salt. Then, you brown it in a skillet, apply the meat, sauce, and toppings.

Spices for Pulled Pork Sandwich

There are about 10 spices contained in pulled pork as shown here. Then, in preparing to brown the sandwich bun, you’ll want to add a pinch of garlic powder and salt to the buns.

Pulled Pork Sandwich Toppers

The best toppings for pulled pork sandwiches have several options. Here are some of those pulled pork sandwich topping ideas.

The classic is coleslaw, which can be sweet, mayonnaise-based, or vinegar-based. Some will just add some shredded cabbage (green and optionally a little red) for some crunch. And yes, they then might add on a teaspoon of vinegar plus a pinch of sugar.

Individuals also have added a slice of sweet or red onion. Another somewhat popular addition is about a teaspoon of finely-diced apple.

For those different ideas, it’s been known that others might add on slices of cucumber.

Pulled Pork Sandwich Toppings Cheese

Regarding cheese, some do Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, or a Sharp Cheddar Cheese. While you don’t have to melt it, here’s the way you can manage that. When you are having both coleslaw and cheese as toppers, ensure the cheese is either on top of the pork or on the bottom of the pork. In such a case, I will put the slaw on first, then the pulled pork, and finish with the cheese, then mustard. If I’m having any onions, I’ll either put it on the slaw or the last thing to go on top, just under the top bun.

Condiments for a Pulled Pork Sandwich

BBQ Sauce: In this recipe for pulled pork sandwich toppers, for condiments, we use BBQ sauce and yellow mustard. Some people will vary on what type of BBQ sauce, whether it’s vinegar-based or tomato-based but it’s all about your personal choice, as both work well. The deep south usually goes with a vinegar-based BBQ sauce in its restaurants.

Mustard: Regarding mustard as a pulled pork sandwich condiment, the de-facto standard is yellow mustard.


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MUSTARD: Adding Condiments for a Pulled Pork Sandwich


There are others that will replace that with a Dijon mustard. a brown mustard, or a small amount of people will even use a honey mustard.

Other Condiments: Also, some people have used horseradish sauce and sour cream. And, for those who used a tomato-based BBQ sauce, they might add about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for a tangy flavor.

Coleslaw for Pulled Pork

When you get a coleslaw for pulled pork on your sandwiches, you want to ensure it has a good tasting dressing as well.


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Adding coleslaw for pulled pork sandwich


You can, of course, get it pre-made already or you can make it the way you like it. Using coleslaw (as a topper) that isn’t as good as what you’d eat by itself, will definitely reduce the enjoyment of the pulled pork sandwich as well. So, if you get it pre-made, you’ll want to ensure it’s something you’ve had in the past that you’ve liked. Or, you can get a small bag of dry coleslaw from the grocer’s produce department and also get (or make) a sweet coleslaw dressing for it. But then again, I prefer sweet coleslaw and you may have another flavor in mind.

FAQ on Pulled Pork Sandwiches

How many pulled pork sandwiches per pound of meat?

This addresses the question of how many sandwiches in a pound of pulled pork. Although you can create your own super colossal sandwiches, a more common practice is you can usually get 3 to 4 sandwiches per pound of pulled or shredded pork. That makes about 1/4 to 1/3 pound sandwiches. Plus, you then add in all the toppings and you’ll have some hefty sandwiches.

Side with Pulled Pork Sandwich

Complete your meal with these ideas of side dishes for pulled pork sandwiches.


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Side with Pulled Pork Sandwich makes the meal.


To have a pulled pork sandwich meal, consider having sides like French fries, Tator Tots, onion rings, fried mushrooms, coleslaw (if not already on the sandwich), macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and many others.



Conclusion

These pulled pork sandwich toppers included lots of things to add to a regular pulled (or shredded) pork sandwich. I’d like to hear what you put on your pulled pork sandwich. Let me know when you leave a comment below!

And try burgers or dogs on the grill for another kind of sandwich.


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