Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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I cannot begin to describe how delicious these sandwiches are. The meat is FANTASTIC on its own, but when combined with the barbeque sauce, slaw, and this incredible, garlicky aioli, it gets even better. You could also serve this meat in tacos, quesadillas, pretty much anything you want because it’s so tender and juicy and just ugh. SO good. And couldn’t be easier. Put some spices and brown sugar on your meat, cover in beer, set it and forget it. It’s that easy. It’s one of the best thing for a cold night and we’ve been having quite a few of those around here lately, so this is a definite go-to.

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Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

For the pork:

 2lb pork loin end rib roast
1tsp paprika
1tsp onion powder
1tsp pepper
1tsp chili powder
1tsp salt
¼ cup of loosely packed brown sugar
1 beer (I used ¾ of a Newcastle)

For the sandwich:

Ciabatta (or your favorite roll – I think something more sturdy works best here)
Bag of coleslaw
Coleslaw Dressing
BBQ sauce (optional)

For the garlic aioli:

 5-6 cloves of garlic
2 heaping spoonfuls of good quality mayonnaise
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp paprika

To begin, mix the paprika, onion powder, chile powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Take out your pork and sprinkle the seasoning over evenly. Set your pork in the crock pot. Add the brown sugar on top lightly patting it over the surface. Pour in the beer. Set crock pot to low heat and cook for 8-9 hours.

You can go ahead and make the garlic aioli now so it has time to meld in the fridge. Finely chop the garlic cloves. Mix the mayonnaise, garlic, paprika and pepper together. Put in the fridge until needed.

You can also mix together the bag of coleslaw and the dressing – use as much or as little dressing as you like. I like to start with a spoonful and add until I get the desired consistency. I don’t like my coleslaw dripping in the dressing, but feel free to add as much or as little as you prefer.

After the pork has cooked for 8-9 hours, take your tongs and a fork and shred. It should be quite easy to do. When the pork is shredded, I like to leave it in the broth in the crock pot for another 15-30 minutes just to let all of the juices go back into the meat.

To assemble the sandwich: take the ciabatta (or roll of your choice) and broil the roll until  crispy. On the bottom half, spread the garlic aioli. On top of that, put the shredded pork. If adding BBQ sauce, put that on top of the pork. Finally, put the coleslaw on. Put the top of the roll on and dig in. This will be a messy one so make sure to have LOTS of napkins handy.

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