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Best Pulled Pork Bap with Homemade Apple Coleslaw Recipe

Best Pulled Pork Bap with Homemade Apple Coleslaw Recipe

In this recipe, we will be making a gorgeous, sweet & smokey pulled pork, a homemade apple coleslaw and putting those things together in a really satisfying bap. We might even be baking our own bread, but that’s entirely up to you!

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Introduction

I’ve been making a lot of bread recently. And I’ve also been using a lot of pork. It was inevitable that I would make a pulled pork sandwich sooner or later.

I actually really like pork. I think it’s a really underrated meat. It’s very, very versatile and goes wonderfully with just about everything. In the past few days alone I have used it for sandwiches, stews, as simple steaks and even as breakfast.

You couldn’t do that with beef!

You could? Well, so could I. But most people probably wouldn’t.

About the dish

Pulled pork sandwiches are perfect for sunny, summer days. And we’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of those recently!

A well done pulled pork is sweet, smokey and salty. You can add a little vinegar to the mix and we will. But the tartness can come from elsewhere in the sandwich. In this instance we’re going to add mustard to the mayo, mixing it with apple and celery to make the perfect coleslaw for pulled pork. That’s going to help us balance everything out.

You could eat this as a standalone lunchtime meal or you could do it for dinner. It would go really well with these triple cooked chips if you want to make it your main meal.

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About the Best Pulled Pork Bap with Homemade Apple Coleslaw Recipe

I’ve made a few sandwich recipes now. And I always find myself giving the same advice. I think that’s because it’s such simple stuff, but it really makes a difference.

Take a look at the picture below and you’ll see what I mean. If we didn’t toast that top, yes, we’d still have a perfectly delicious sandwich. But would it be the same? Now, the bread itself brings crunch and bite to the meal. It helps to make everything stand out! This is especially important when we’re working with something like pulled pork. Because pulled pork really likes to be served alongside a little crunch.

And that’s also where the coleslaw comes in. Instead of using regular coleslaw, we’re going to make the mayo and stuff it full of apple and celery. The sweetness and tartness of the apple work perfectly with the crunchy, earthy celery. Pair them with the fatty, delicious mayonnaise and that coleslaw is a perfect foil for that salty, delicious pulled pork.

I have actually braised the pork in beer in this recipe. Cider would be a more common choice. Either work perfectly. The beer actually gives it a little extra depth, but the cider is a really natural pairing. Play around. Try both. Try champagne if you have some to spare!

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Best Pulled Pork Bap with Homemade Apple Coleslaw Recipe

In this recipe, we will be making a gorgeous, sweet & smokey pulled pork, a homemade apple coleslaw and putting those things together in a really satisfying bap. We might even be baking our own bread, but that’s entirely up to you!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Lunch, Snack
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Pulled Pork

  • 400 g Pork Shoulder
  • 1 Brown Onion
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika Powder
  • 1 tsp Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar or more
  • 1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • Salt
  • 400 ml Stock

Mayo

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 splash White Wine Vinegar
  • 50 ml Oil any neutral oil
  • Salt

Coleslaw

  • 1 Apple
  • 1 stick Celery
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt

Sandwich

  • 4 slices Bread or 2 white rolls
  • Butter
  • Rendered Bacon Fat or extra butter
  • Lettuce
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt

Instructions
 

Pulled Pork

  • Loosely chop the pork into big pieces. Maybe 8 or so large chunks.
  • Season them with salt and add them to an oiled pan on high heat, browning on all sides.
  • You don’t need to cook them all the way through, instead remove them from the pan and set them aside.
  • Reduce the heat to low-medium and finely dice an onion. Add that to the pan and season with salt. Cook through for 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Make a little gap amongst the onion and add 1 tsp fennel seeds and 1 tsp cumin seeds. Cook for about a minute and then mix in with the onions.
  • Make another gap and add the 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp smoked paprika powder. Cook for another minute, then stir in with everything else.
  • Finally, add the grated ginger and stir in, allowing it to cook through for a final minute or so.
  • Add the meat back in and then the stock, vinegar and brown sugar. Allow the mix to braise on a low heat for 3 – 5 hours.
  • Once it has reduced to a very thick, sticky sauce, break up the meat and mix everything together.
  • Reduce further if necessary or if ready, check your seasoning. Add a little black pepper and optionally some lemon or lime juice.

Mayonnaise

  • Mix together a whole egg, 1tsp mustard and a splash of vinegar using an electric whisk.
  • Continue to whisk while very gradually adding 50ml oil, bit by bit. Allow the mixture to properly thicken and combine before adding more.
  • Once all the oil is combined, season with salt and lemon juice.

Coleslaw

  • Julienne an apple and slice up a stick of celery.
  • Mix them with a good tablespoon or so of mayonnaise and season with salt, lemon juice and optionally more mustard.

Sandwich

  • Cut four slices of bread or slice two buns in half.
  • Butter each slice on both sides and toast in a medium-hot pan until golden brown.
  • Add another layer of butter to the inside of each slice, then add some finely diced lettuce.
  • Add a thick layer of the coleslaw and then the pulled pork.
  • Top with the remaining slice of bread and serve.
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