Hi Everyone! I’m back with my final pulled pork recipe for the week. Earlier this week I featured Pulled Pork Nachos
and Pork Loin Tacos
on my blog. With these three recipes, my family and I ate an entire pork loin. And it wasn’t a struggle!
I wanted to make pulled pork sandwiches because they are a family favorite and an easy meal. We only eat them when I have spare pork loin because it takes a lot of time to make juicy pulled pork to go in those buns.
I’ve been trying to make the perfect marinade for pulled pork for a while and I finally got it right this time. I’ve always made it too sweet. I was looking for a sweet, but smokey sauce to simmer my pulled pork in. After many, many, many tries – I’ve finally created the PERFECT pulled pork marinade. Sweet, but smokey.
I adjusted my recipe to incorporate liquid smoke. I also added apple cider vinegar and honey for sweetness. After mixing all three ingredients in a pan, I added the pork to infuse the flavor. It had everything I was looking for!
I have made pulled pork sliders before, but this time, my husband loved it! I was so excited to get good marks from him.
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of liquid smoke
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs onion powder
1/2 cup of honey
1 lb pulled pork
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 cup of beef broth
1. Add pulled pork and broth in a pan and stir for 5-10 minutes until warmed through. Add more or less depending on how much pork loin you have. The pork loin should soak up the broth and make it juicy.
2. Whisk together Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, honey, garlic powder and onion powder in the same pan as the pulled pork loin and simmer until flavors are combined.
3. Add marinated pork loins to buns.
4. Add optional toppings (lettuce, slaw, pickles etc.) to buns and enjoy!
I love cooking and creating fast, kid-friendly meals during the week. On the weekends, however, I like to eat out and try different things. I get a lot of inspiration from local restaurants. I always try to order something new and different but every once in a while I gravitate toward staples. This particular evening, my family and I ended up at “It’s a Southern Thing” in Durham. I love eating in Durham because there are so many great restaurants and this was no exception.
There were so many things that stood out on the menu. I decided to get the Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, which was a terrific choice. My husband got the Smoked Pork Chops. I wasn’t sure how much the kids were going to eat or how big the portions were, so I ordered a kids burger with fries and let the kids split it. That actually worked out. The split portions were just enough for two kids. The kids will probably talk about me later in life for never letting them have their own meals.
For my meal, they did a great job on my chicken and dumplings. It was very flavorful. I must say, that they nailed it. I sampled my husband’s meal and it was very good and nicely presented.
One of my favorite things was the décor. The sign coming in was a bit cheesy but it added to the charm. There was also a nice, relaxed vibe. The place was full of booths, cushions and wood. We ate in the overflow room which had a lot of space and was kid-friendly. The service was excellent too! We got tons of check-ins, drink refills, and attention.
I’ll definitely be back – so many temping things on the menu to try next time! This was definitely an interesting take on southern comfort food. If you are ever in the Triangle, I highly recommend checking this place out.