#SundaySupper is a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back sunday supper around the family table in every home. This week we are sharing our favorite cookout recipes for #LaborDay weekend!
We are having a very relaxed and lazy Labor Day weekend. The calm before the storm so to speak. We did not plan any last minute trips to the beach or the outlet malls. We are taking it easy and will be firing up the grill and dining al fresco since we have been blessed with some warm, dry weather!
I’ve had plenty of pulled pork sandwiches, but have never attempted to make it home until now. I was inspired by a slow cooker recipe by the folks at Cook’s Illustrated and I thought I’d put a Korean spin on it. The heat mellows out as it cooks, but the unique tangy and sweet flavors from the kochujang (Korean red pepper paste) still linger. And if you happen to have any leftovers, this also freezes really well!
Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Adapted from The Best Make-Ahead Recipes by Cook’s Illustrated
4 1/2 pounds pork butt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup fine kochugaru (Korean red pepper powder)
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup kochujang (Korean fermented red pepper paste)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper
6-8 potato hamburger buns or rolls (because potato rolls are my favorite!)
1 – Cut the pork in half lengthwise for more surface area for the spice rub.
2 – In a small bowl, mix together the kochugaru, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. This is your spice rub.
3 – Massage the spice rub all over the pork. Make sure you cover the entire surface of the pork pieces. Work that rub!
4 – Wrap each piece of pork tightly in plastic wrap. Make sure it’s wrapped well because, believe me, there will be leakage.
5 – Refrigerate the pork overnight.
6 – To make the kochujang sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together the kochujang, vinegar, brown sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Make sure the sauce is well blended.
7 – Unwrap the pork and place the pieces in the slow cooker insert. Pour the sauce over the pork. Set on high for 5-7 hours or on low for 9-11 hours.
8 – Go run some errands, take a nap, and have a glass of wine. Not necessarily in that order.
9 – Check on the pork. You’ll know it’s done when it’s fork tender. Oh yeah.
10 – Once it’s done, with a slotted spoon or tongs, scoop the pork into a 9×13 baking dish. Let the remaining sauce in the slow cooker settle for about 5-10 minutes.
11 – In the meantime, you can pull apart the pork with 2 forks. It should pull apart pretty easily at this point. Cover loosely with foil.
12 – With a large shallow spoon, degrease the sauce. Skim the grease from the top and discard. Once you’ve taken as much grease out as possible, pour the sauce over the pulled pork. Toss the pork until well coated.
13 – Generously spoon pork onto your rolls and enjoy!
Join us this week around the family table for our #SundaySupper and we will share with you our favorite cookout recipes. We hope to inspire you with our recipes!. We will be sharing them all day long and would love for you to share your favorite cookout recipes during our #SundaySupper live chat at 7pm ET on Sunday, September 2nd.
Labor Day Cookout Recipes:
Starters & Snacks
- Lobster Salad with Avocado, Corn and Tomatoes by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Grilled Vegetable Spread by Magnolia Days
- Toast Topper #8: Tomato Confit for #SundaySupper by Yummy Smells
- Honey BBQ Wings and Cool Ranch by Big Bears Wife
- Finger Lickin’ Chicken Drumettes by Noshing with the Nolands
- Baked Shrimp and Pasta Caprese by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Korean chili by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Newfangled Cowtown White Chicken Chili by Shockingly Delicious
- Strawberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by The Weekend Gourmet
- Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Kimchi Mom
- Smoked Pork Butt (A How-To) from Juanita’s Cocina
- Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs by The Messy Baker Blog
- Stuffed Green Chili con Queso Cheeseburger Sliders by Damn Delicious
- Adana kebab by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Portabello Paninis by The Hand That Rocks the Ladle
- Bloody Mary Skirt Steak by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Tuna and Roasted Pepper Packets by Cindy’s Recipes & Writings
- Mint Marinated Beef Kabobs with Garlic Sauce by Sustainable Dad
- Creamy Latin Style Pasta by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Spicy Portuguese Style Sliders by Daily Dish Recipes
- Aromatic Glazed Salmon by Happy Baking Days
- Pork sliders by Basic ‘N Delicious
- Foil Packet Chicken by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Salads & Sides
- Mom’s Savory Pork’n’Beans by Webicurean
- Ranch Potato Salad by My Catholic Kitchen
- Gluten Free Penne hot salad with basil, asparagus, cherry tomatoes fresh mozzarella and chicken with a mustard vineagarete for #SundaySupper by Cooking Underwriter
- Southern Surprise Potato Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking
- #SundaySupper Marinated Ginger Chicken & Spinach Salad by Kwistin’s Favorites
- Roasted Potato & Corn Salad w/ Bacon by GirliChef
- Vegan Caprese Salad by Galactosemia in PDX
- Picnic Friendly Grilled Vegetable Salad by Mama Mommy Mom
- Smokin Hot Caribbean Spiced Corn-On-The-Cob by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Potato salad with Stilton and bacon by Tora’s Real Food
- Tomato Feta Orzo Salad by Family Foodie
- lightened lemon pound cake by The Meltaways
- Root Beer Float Cupcakes by Chocolate Moosey
- Strawberry Cream Squares by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Fresh Mango Pie by La Cocina De Leslie
- Brown Butter M&M Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Lemon Blondies by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake by Baker Street
- Strawberry Pie + White Sangria by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Grilled Banana Splits by Diabetic Foodie
- Easy Desserts: Frozen Chocolate Bananas by Home Cooking Memories
- Ice Cream Sandwich Cake by Comfy Cuisine
- Blueberry Lemon Whoopie Pies for a Holiday Cookout #SundaySupper by In the Kitchen with KP
- Labor Day Cookout Food And Wine Pairings byENOFYLZ