Logan Square style pulled pork

MoreKnown pulled pork sandwiches made with ginger ale and love.

MoreKnown pulled pork sandwiches made with ginger ale and love.

Let me start by apologizing to my regular vegan readers. Avert your eyes and wait until I come up with a delicious non-meat version of this. For the rest of you, get ready for the best homemade pulled pork sandwich ever made.

I’m calling this one Logan Square style pulled pork because I haven’t heard of many people outside of this neighborhood who make it this way. That’s not to say everyone ’round here makes it this way. Some Squarvians (that’s what I’m calling us, get over it) prefer a more traditional approach. What makes ours different? A slow cooker and ginger beer.

Your carnivore friends will love each of these slow-cooked pulled pork sandwiches. The original idea for this came from a friend who swears by using good ‘ol ginger ale instead of water in the slow cooker. Based on the results, I am convinced that this is the best way.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

What you’ll need

pulled pork prep

Start with boston butt, onions, and ginger ale.

  • Pork Shoulder (they call this a Boston butt)
  • 12 – 20oz Ginger beer or ginger ale
  • 2 or 3 onions
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Bread that makes you salivate
  • A slow cooker

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours

Prepping to cook the pulled pork
Chop and peel the onions into halves or quarters. Drop them into the crock pot. Toss in the pork. Pour over the ginger beer. That was easy.

Cooking the pulled pork
Turn your slow-cooker to “Low” and let it cook for 6-8 hours. It’ll depend on the size of the cut and the size of your cooker. You’ll start to smell it once it is close.

Finishing the meal
Pulled pork before the barbecue saucePulled pork w sauceOnce it is cooked, drain the liquid from the slow cooker and put the pork onto a cutting board. Use two forks to pull the pork apart from itself, giving you that traditional texture you’ve always looked for in the best sandwich ever.

If your cut includes a bone, throw it away. I can’t believe I had to tell you that part. You’re not going to eat the bone. Not unless you’re part of KFC’s ridiculous marketing program (or a citizen of Night Vale).

Once the meat is shredded, toss it back into the slow-cooker and add your barbecue sauce. Go light on this at first. There is a ton of sugar in these types of sauces and you don’t want to overdo it. Taste it. Once you’re satisfied, serve it on the kind of bread that makes your mouth water.

For extra flair, and the true neighborhood style, allow your guests the option of incredibly expensive (but delicious) craft beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Guaraná soda. Also, insist on a cash-only business model.

Congratulations, you’ve made your first Logan Square style pulled pork sandwiches!


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