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Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Chipotle Aioli and Pickled Red Onions

These sandwiches are the perfect summer lunch or dinner, plus the recipes makes A LOT, so it's great to feed a crowd. Or just the people who are living under your roof right now.

You can make the pork in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker or, if you want even MORE flavor and have a smoker I highly recommend you smoke the meat.

These toppings are just suggestions, so feel free to add whatever you like and whatever's in your fridge! This coleslaw would be really delicious, so would this fun twist on coleslaw.

However you serve these, they will disappear FAST because, yep, they're that good.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PULLED PORK:
  • 1 (2-3) pound pork shoulder or butt (for faster cooking use boneless)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (12 ounce) beer (I like to use a dark beer, but use whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • One 28 ounce can of pureed tomatoes
  • FOR THE CHIPOTLE AIOLI
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 chipotle in adobo (from a can), finely diced (if you want it less spicy, you can use 1/2 a chipotle) -- substitutions: 1 teaspoon chili powder OR a few drops of your favorite hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • FOR THE PICKLED RED ONIONS
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

1

You have a couple of options for making the pork:

2

Combine the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Rub all over the pork and store in your refrigerator all night. Then pick your cooking method.

3

OR

4

Add all the ingredients to your Instant Pot and set it for "Pressure Cook" for 2 hours. To speed up the cooking, cut into 1 inch cubes and set your Instant Pot for 1 hour.

5

OR

6

Add all the ingredients to your Slow Cooker and cook on High for the first 2 hours, then set on Low for 4-5 hours.

7

However you cook the pork, it will be delicious!!

8

When the pork is finished cooking, use 2 forks to shred the meat. Keep warm in the IP or Slow Cooker.

9

FOR THE CHIPOTLE AIOLI:

10

Stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl and taste to check the seasoning. If you want more spice, add some more chipotle or hot sauce. I usually end up adding another squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt. Make this a couple of hours ahead of when you'll be serving it -- this will allow the flavors to really develop.

11

FOR THE PICKLED RED ONIONS:

12

Whisk all the ingredients except for the red onion in a small glass measuring cup until sugar and salt dissolve. Place onion in a 12 ounce mason jar and carefully pour vinegar mixture over the onions.

13

Let the onions sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

14

DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Cover and chill.

15

When you use the onions, use a fork to pick them out from the liquid.

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