For the second year in a row now I’m working with the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association to create unique pork-based recipes. In case you’ve missed any of my previous posts you can click here to check out the different dishes I’ve come up with so far.
With summer in full swing I’ve been spending as much time outside as possible and I’ve also been on a bit of a grilled pizza and flatbread kick, which is how the idea for these Pulled Pork Flatbreads came about.
I started off by making some pulled pork in my slow cooker. There are a million different pulled pork recipes out there, but I kept this one nice and easy for you guys with just a pork shoulder, a cup of BBQ sauce and some BBQ seasoning. Super simple and super delicious. Believe it or not it actually takes more effort to make the red cabbage coleslaw that I topped my flatbreads with than it takes to make the pulled pork.
Once my pulled pork was done I piled it on my flatbreads along with BBQ sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, grilled them for about 10 minutes until the cheese was melted and then added the coleslaw.
If you really want to take the flatbreads to the next level you could also add some macaroni and cheese to them. I have a super easy mac & cheese recipe over on my Cornbread Waffle Pulled Pork Sandwiches post, which coincidentally also combines pulled pork and red cabbage coleslaw.
If you’re having trouble finding a pork shoulder, or you’re in a bit of a hurry you could always just buy pulled pork straight from the grocery store rather than making your own in the slow cooker, but if you go that route you’re also going to miss out on your kitchen smelling absolutely amazing for four to eight hours while it cooks.
If you can’t find a pork shoulder or pulled pork — or you’d just prefer a cut of pork that’s a little healthier — you could also grill a pork tenderloin or pork sirloin, cube it and substitute it for the pulled pork on the flatbreads.
The American Heart Association has actually certified that both pork tenderloin and pork sirloin roast meet the criteria for heart-healthy foods, indicating that they contain less than five grams of fat, two grams or less of saturated fat and 480 milligrams or less of sodium per label serving, among other criteria. Obviously you aren’t coming to this blog for tips on eating healthy, but if you can make food that tastes awesome while still staying somewhat healthy that’s a win win right?!
If you go the pork tenderloin or pork sirloin route just grill it until the internal temperature hits 145°F, which is the safe internal temperature for cooking fresh cuts of pork. Oh, and don’t be afraid of a little pink in the middle.
If you’d like to learn more about pig farming or find the answers to pretty much any pork-related question you could possibly have head on over to PorkCares.org.
Pulled Pork Flatbreads Recipe
- 1 pork shoulder approximately 3 lbs.
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/3 cup BBQ seasoning
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/8 cup lime juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 carrot grated
- 1/2 red cabbage chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 6 flatbreads
- 1 1/2 pounds mozzarella cheese
- 6 cups BBQ sauce
Season the entire pork shoulder with your choice of seasoning and place into slow cooker.
Top with 1 cup BBQ sauce and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours or until pork shoulder can easily be shredded with a fork.
Shred pork shoulder with a fork and stir to coat with sauce.
In a bowl whisk together 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/8 cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Add cabbage, carrots and cilantro and toss to combine.
Top flatbreads with BBQ sauce, shredded mozzarella and pulled pork and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Top with coleslaw, drizzle with more BBQ sauce if you'd like and enjoy!