Today I’m going Southern on you guys and sharing one of my favorite sandwiches, Pulled Pork Biscuit Sandwiches.
My love for pulled pork first started back in Arizona when I was young and I took my first trip to a great local BBQ restaurant called Joe’s Real BBQ. I remember ordering the pulled pork sandwich with a side of macaroni, AMAZING! This pork was so tender, moist, and all on a toasted bun. At Joe’s they don’t put a whole lot of BBQ sauce on the meat, rather they have their sauce out on the condiment bar along with pickles, jalapeños, and pickled onions so you can put on however much your heart desires, which in my case is usually rather heavy on the sauce. So that was the start of my pulled pork love, but it was further deepened when I visited my sister in Texas…Oh my goodness do Texans know their BBQ! I remember stepping off the plane in Austin and the first thing I smelled was BBQ, it was fantastic! My favorite pulled pork though has to be my Mom’s recipe. Since she isn’t here in Colorado to make it for me I decided to recreate it myself.
She makes her pulled pork in the crockpot and not only does it turn out delicious, but it’s also a super easy, hands off meal to make. Pork shoulder is the typical cut of meat used for pulled pork and while I love it, let’s just say it isn’t the leanest cut of meat (probably why it’s so delicious). To make mine a little more healthy I used pork tenderloin. I kept the dry rub mixture she uses mostly the same. The rub uses spices such as smoked paprika, garlic, onion, thyme, black pepper, and a little cayenne. The spice combination gives it a smokey flavor with a slight kick thanks to the cayenne and black pepper. Once the pork was cooked I shredded it and mixed in about 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce.
So, as if the pork isn’t good enough on it’s own, I decided lets take this to a whole new level and put it on a flakey warm biscuit. The biscuit recipe was adapted from Christina over at Desserts For Two. You have to check out her recipes and watch her video, cutest girl ever! I like to reference her recipes because she has spent hours tweaking and testing them so that they are just enough for two people, which is perfect for my husband and I. Because I was trying to make these Pulled Pork Biscuit Sandwiches a little lighter I knew I had to make a change to the biscuits as well. I replaced the shortening with Greek yogurt. The biscuits were slightly more dense, but they still had a buttery flakey texture, which is exactly what I was going for. These Pulled Pork Biscuit Sandwiches make a great weeknight meal or are perfect for serving a crowd (just be sure to double the biscuit recipe). If you are a pulled pork lover like me but don’t want all the guilt that comes with eating it, give this lighter version a try!
Perfect pulled pork made lighter with pork tenderloin and served on a delicious buttermilk biscuit! The pulled pork keeps for several days in the fridge or you can freeze the extra meat for another meal.
Pulled Pork Biscuit Sandwiches
For the Pulled Pork
For the Biscuits
To Make the Pulled Pork
To Make the Biscuits
Assembling the Sandwich
Perfect pulled pork made lighter with pork tenderloin and served on a delicious buttermilk biscuit!
The pulled pork keeps for several days in the fridge or you can freeze the extra meat for another meal.
Annie @Maebells says
Few things in this world can’t be fixed with a big heaping pile of BBQ and a buttermilk biscuit! Comfort food at it’s finest! :) Looks fantastic!
I totally agree Annie! :-)
I love that you lightened up a recipe that I never thought you could! This sounds like the perfect recipe for throwing in the crock pot and eating it for lunch all week long! Love it! Also, I think I had the same experience when I arrived in Austin. I felt like BBQ just permeated the air! Which is probably the best smell ever. ;)
Thanks Justine! The pork makes great leftover, I love freezing half of it for days I don’t feel like making dinner. I totally agree Austin is saturated with the BBQ smell and I absolutely love it! I wish I could find a good BBQ place here in Colorado.
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
Gahhhh everything about this screams DELICIOUS! How awesome that it’s actually a lighter version than a more traditional recipe.
Thanks Bianca! I knew with my love for pulled pork I better make it a little lighter so I could eat it more often!
Matt Robinson says
It’s 8AM here but this sounds so good to me right now! Seriously, especially on a biscuit, what a great idea!
Hey there’s nothing wrong with a little pulled pork for breakfast and the biscuits make it even more acceptable! ;-)
Come feed me barbecue!! :)
Haha! :-) Too bad pork and biscuits don’t ship well!