mouthwatering. [smoked pork loin sandwich w. homemade bbq sauce & coleslaw]

May 28th, 2013 by | comments


Hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day! I drove home to spend the day with my parents, as it was also my mom’s birthday. We spent the day relaxing by the pool and cooking some delicious food.

We hadn’t used our smoker in a while, so we decided to smoke a pork loin and make these sandwiches. Though time-consuming (since we made the coleslaw and BBQ sauce from scratch), the sandwiches were spectacular. The smokey meat paired wonderfully with the vinegar based BBQ sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!


smoked pork loin sandwich w. homemade bbq sauce & coleslaw
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  • Pork loin recipe:
  • 1 boneless pork loin (5 lbs.), with fat left on
  • The Salt Lick Original Dry Rub
  • Kosher salt
  • Trader Joe's Par Baked Panini Rustic Rolls
  • Coleslaw recipe:
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage (about ½ head cabbage)
  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage (about ½ head cabbage)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • ½ cup grated yellow onion
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • BBQ sauce recipe:
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. dried crushed red pepper
  1. For the pork: Rub entire pork loin with The Salt Lick Dry Rub and kosher salt. Place in large bag and refrigerate 2-3 hours, or overnight.
  2. Heat smoker to 225 degrees, then cook pork loin 2-4 hours, or until pork reaches 155-160 degrees (check meat at 2 hours).
  3. Remove meat from smoker when done. Double wrap the pork in foil then wrap in an old towel. Place meat in a cooler (without ice), until ready to serve.
  4. When ready to serve, remove meat from cooler, towel and foil and slice into thin pieces.
  5. For the coleslaw: In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, celery seeds, salt, pepper and cayenne, and whisk well to dissolve the sugar.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Toss with the dressing until evenly coated. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Place in the refrigerator, covered, to chill slightly before serving.
  7. For the BBQ sauce: In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk well to dissolve the sugar. Dress the pork sandwiches with sauce, to taste.
  8. Sandwich assembly: Toast the inside of both sides of the rolls. Next, place 2-3 pieces of thinly sliced pork on bottom half of the bread. Top with coleslaw, then drizzle desired amount of BBQ sauce on top. Close sandwich with the top bun. Serve.
Coleslaw and BBQ sauce recipes from Food Network.




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16 thoughts on “mouthwatering. [smoked pork loin sandwich w. homemade bbq sauce & coleslaw]”

  1. Mouthwatering doesn’t even do that justice — that sandwich looks amazing. I’m trying that cole slaw, and the BBQ sauce. If I had a smoker I’d definitely make the chicken too …

  2. We smoked meat yesterday too! It’s just so darned good. Your sandwich looks outstanding. You can’t beat homemade BBQ sauce! Hope you had a great day and happy b-day to your mom!

  3. So glad to have found your blog. The sandwich looks and sounds wonderful – the only way to eat a BBQ pork sandwich is with a delicious coleslaw! I love your photographs too and am looking forward to reading through more of your posts.

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