Nothing Leftover featuring Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

So here it is; the BIG game…the Super Bowl. You’ve always wanted to host an event like this, but “be careful what you wish for” is becoming more and more appropriate as the occasion draws closer.

Somehow you’ve forgotten to keep the house presentable for guests the week before, so get ready to cram in a late night Saturday evening cleaning session. As you are up at 10pm scrubbing floors and destroying all your feng shui furniture arrangements so everyone can see the game, you begin to wonder if this will all be worth it.

All the invitations have been extended accordingly, but you know your friends well enough to realize that at least a couple lazy bones won’t reply and come anyway with a few plus one’s. With these kinds of numbers fluctuating back and forth, how in the world are you going to make sure that your party isn’t the kind that orders pizza at the last minute?

We have it for you! A pulled pork sandwich recipe that is going to have everyone telling their friends about your Super Bowl soiree. Oh, and did I mention that it has true gourmet appeal, is easy to make, serves plenty and will give you terrific leftovers?

Disclaimer: I fully realize the irony in revealing the possibility for “leftovers” when the name of our cooking series is called “Nothing Leftover”, but this recipe is worth stepping away from our namesake. Follow these simple directions and the Lombardi Trophy for hosting is as good as yours.

First things first; get rid of that lime green crock pot that perfectly matched the wallpaper at your grandmother’s house. Play Taps for it as it leaves for its place in the Smithsonian kitchen relic’s exhibit. Trust me; the miracles that modern innovation has brought to the standard crock pot are going to erase any sentimentality you had left for “ole’ zappy”. We humbly suggest the Ninja Multi Cooker 3 in 1 Cooking System. Click here to order it now and have it shipped free in time for the party.

Equipment Needed:

Ninja Multi Cooker 3 in 1 Cooking System, Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 1.5 Qt. Sauce Pan & Cover, Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 21 Piece Set

Aside from the usual supporting cast to your main course (chips, dip, beverages, etc…), you will need to pick up the following:

Pulled Pork:
• 1 bone-in pork shoulder
• 4 tablespoons cornstarch
• 3 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons garlic powder
• 1 cup coconut water
• 2 cups water
• 1 onion (peeled)
• 1-3 dashes salt (to taste)
• 1-3 dashes pepper (to taste)

Homemade BBQ Sauce:
• 4 tablespoons ketchup
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 cup coconut water
• 1 cup orange juice
• 1 can crushed pineapple (in juice)
• 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
• 2-3 dashes cayenne pepper (to taste)

Coleslaw garnish:
• ½ lemon (squeezed for juice)
• ½ red cabbage
• ½ green cabbage
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• 1-3 dashes salt and cayenne pepper (to taste)

Simple cooking overview for pork:

1. Set your slow cooker on high, and season the pork shoulder generously with salt and pepper. In a small mixing bowl, combine cornstarch, brown sugar and garlic powder to create a seasoning rub. Apply generously to the pork shoulder over the salt and pepper.

2. Place seasoned pork shoulder into your slow cooker and add the coconut water, the roughly chopped onion (for added flavor) and the regular water and let cook for up to 6 hours on high. The pork meat should fall off the bone when ready. Remove and dispose of the bone and any unwanted fat, but leave all of the juice in the slow cooker for simmering later. Shred and pull the remaining pork meat apart and spread out over a baking sheet.

For homemade BBQ sauce:

1. Start by placing saucepan over medium heat and stirring in all of the ingredients. Once they have all been successfully combined together, bring the contents to a boil. Reduce heat to lowest setting and let simmer for up to 45 minutes.

2. Ladle sauce over any meat that is going to be served right away on the baking sheet. Leftover meat can be put back in slow cooker to keep warm as guests continue to arrive throughout the evening.

Fresh coleslaw garnish:

1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together mayo, salt, cayenne pepper and white vinegar. Shred both the red and green cabbage. Toss all shredded cabbage into the bowl making sure to mix thoroughly.

2. Top the sauced pulled pork with the coleslaw and enjoy on the bun of your choice.


And when the game is over and everyone leaves in awe of your ability to host an amazing Super Bowl party, just think: March Madness is just a month away. I’m only kidding, but you will have a new appreciation for everyone’s future efforts to outdo your fabulous event. Go get em’ champ!

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