Tailgating Treats: Slow-cooker Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Whether you are actually going to the game or just having a great party at home on game day, the key ingredient to any successful party is the food. Nothing is more welcome at a party than finger foods and if you want an alternative to a grill, these Tailgating Treats of barbecued pulled pork sandwiches are sure to be a hit no matter where the party is.

Tailgating Treats of barbecued pulled pork sandwiches

Serves 10 to 12

Tailgating Treats Ingredients:

5 lbs. Pork Roast (butt roasts work well)
1 ½ Cups of water
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
¼ Cup dark brown sugar
½ Tbsp. dry mustard
¼ Cup Worcestershire sauce
2 Cups ketchup
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground By black pepper
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
6 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced (about 1 Tbsp. prepared minced garlic)
1 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Directions:

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Pulled Pork

The night before the game, place the pork roast into your slow cooker along with the 1 ½ cups of water. Cover and cook on low overnight (8 hours) or until it will pull apart easily with a fork.

In the morning, or when pork is tender, remove it from the cooker, pull it from the bone and shred into small pieces, removing any fat as you work. Reserve 1 cup of broth and discard any excess.

Return pork to slow cooker

In a separate bowl, combine ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce and whisk together. Add black pepper, red pepper, salt, and garlic and mix thoroughly.

Add sauce to meat in slow cooker and stir until meat is well coated. Cover and resume cooking on low for another 2 to 4 hours or until ready to use. If meat begins to dry out, add some of the excess broth to keep it moist or thin the sauce as necessary.

Serving suggestions:

Serve on toasted Kaiser rolls for a hearty, filling sandwich or use small, deli rolls to make barbecued sliders to snack on while you watch the game. For an added twist, set out a bowl of coleslaw and other condiments so your guests can top their sandwiches with whatever they want. For anyone who likes their sandwiches a little spicy, keep a bottle of hot sauce handy.

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