Looking for a great pulled pork recipe that will knock the socks off your hungry crew? I’ve teamed up with Smithfield to bring you a delicious recipe for Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce.
I have a confession. I like to defy the odds…or at least the critics. I work and still like to get a great home-cooked meal on the table, I think I can cook anything in my electric pressure cooker and, I really do use my picnic basket.
We’ve actually been doing a lot of picnicking in the beautiful summer weather this year. Some of it has taken place by the lake that’s a short walk from the house, while other trips have been a bit more distant. When Jay told me we were going to the Utah Symphony in the park recently, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and try out a recipe from the Smithfield website for Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce created by local chef Seth Adams for Smithfield.
Chef Adams runs one of our favorite restaurants on Main Street in Park City. It’s a great favorite place to wow out of town guests and I even hosted an event for our Governor there years ago. So I was pretty excited to see that Smithfield had partnered with him to create a few recipes for home cooks. I was even more excited to learn I’d be able to recreate one of his recipes for you!
The sliders were picnic perfect and I am excited to share the recipe here on my site.
Barbecue Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Sauce
I started purchasing Smithfield pork when I lived right by a local Macey’s store (Nope. Not the department store, but the locally owned grocer here in Utah.) I like to chat up the head of the meat department who talked to me about the pork’s superior color and marbling. It’s 20% more tender than other leading brands of pork. And, I love that I can pick up pork with no artificial ingredients, added hormones or steroids without having to visit a specialty grocer.
Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork comes in a wide variety of hand-trimmed cuts, including: Tenderloins, Boneless Loins, Back Ribs, St. Louis Style Spareribs, Boneless Chops, Bone-In Chops, Sirloins, Shoulder Butts and Roasts. For this recipe, I am using a pork shoulder picnic roast.
I followed Chef Adams recipe to a T…Mostly. Here’s the honest truth, I didn’t want to have my oven on all day in our 100+ weather and don’t really use my slow cooker anymore. In fact, I gave it away a few months ago. So, I cooked the pulled pork in my electric pressure cooker (don’t tell Chef Adams, mmmkay?) and reduced the cooking time by about seven hours. Winning!
Honestly though, the result was juicy, tender, flavorful pork that simply fell apart when I opened the pot. Mmmm.
These sliders taste great right out of the pot, but if you want to take this recipe a step further consider toasting the sliders in the oven. I like the slightly toasted texture and I feel it keeps the buns that will be sitting out from getting “soggy.”
You guys, I prepared a recipe crafted by one of Utah’s premier chefs at home and it was delicious! love that I can prepare a restaurant quality meal, right in the comfort of my own home.
Here in Utah, you can find Smithfield products at any Dans, Fresh Market or Macy’s grocery store. For more information and recipe inspiration, visit www.Smithfield.com/PrimeChefs.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.