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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pulled Pork & Red Wine Caramelized Onion Sandwich - Gourmet Picnic Food

It's that time of the month again with a 5 Star Makeover hosted by Natasha @ 5 Star Foodie and Lazaro @ Lazaro Cooks. This month's theme is a gourmet picnic food theme to welcome Memorial day weekend. I cooked the dish alongside the so called Cooking Group which is a sidebar of this blog. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with.


This pulled pork is so easy especially if you have a slow cooker. It's tender - melt in your mouth - and so juicy! This is not the first time I made this. I changed spices every time. This time I added Piment d' Espelette I got in Paris during my Europe trip last year. This pepper was recommended by Lazaro. It works well with this slow roasted pork. Red wine caramelized onion is a nice touch for a sandwich. Leftovers from this onion can be used in so many ways! I used in a sandwich, salad, side dish, and even a taco.

this is made from pork loin roast

it's pretty tender but doesn't have "fat" that I need

Since my husband doesn't like dark meat, I tried with pork loin roast. It worked fine with a lean taste. Surprisingly, it was juicier than I thought. We had this for a sandwich and the next day I mixed with taco sauce for tacos. Keith absolutely loved it!

the leftover I mixed it with taco sauce to make tacos
 It can't be perfect pulled pork if I haven't used the meat I like which is pork flank or shoulder. Pork flank doesn't come from the rear end of the hog. It is cut from the shoulder. It contains a lot of fat and connective tissue. It creates moist, succulent meat after many hours of "low and slow" cooking. That's what I want it to be.

that's the meat I want

A marbling line makes it easy to "pull" with a fork. I also made this when I catered for NAAAP-Seattle at a Microsoft building. It's easy to prepare and a crowd pleaser.

The next main component is red wine caramelized onions. The way of cooking it is adapted from Momofuku cookbook by David Chang. You cook onions by piling them up on one another - let the weight work itself out. Pile it up and around occasionally to prevent burning. For this recipe, just salt, pepper, herbs, and red wine; you're done. It will take a bit of time to create a caramelization but it's worth it.

Pulled Pork & Red Wine Caramelized Onion Sandwich
Yield: 15-20 sandwiches

You will need:
Pulled Pork (recipe below)
Red wine caramelized onions (recipe below)
Shredded Romain lettuce
Rustic Dinner rolls
Pickled Cucumber

Ingredients for Pulled pork:
2.5 lb pork butt or shoulder
2 tsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 Tbs Piment d' Espelette
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beef broth

Slow cooker

  • Combine everything together except pork. Rub pork with the seasoning mixture on both sides. Put in a slow cooker and put on low for 9 hrs or so. When it's done, remove the pork and preserve the juice. Use forks to pull meat. Pour juice back in the pork.

Ingredients for Red wine onions:
5 yellow onions, sliced length wise
1 cup red wine
1 tbs kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp fresh oregano
1 Tbs minced parsley
2 Tbs vegetable oil

Wok and wooden spatula

  • Heat up a wok on high heat. Wait until it's about to smoke and add oil. Swirl to coat. 
  • Add onions in a wok. Pile it up occasionally to prevent from burning by using its weight.
  • Add salt, parsley, and oregano, and keep turning onions. When it's getting translucent, add red wine.
  • Let it caramelize for about 15-20 mins. Don't forget to turn onions.
  • Halve the roll and add shredded Romain lettuce.
  • Add pork and juice. Top with red wine onions and close with the top half.
  • Serve with pickled cucumber if you wish.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Hope everyone has a fun week.

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      Priscilla - ShesCookin said...

      Pulled pork - my family's all time favorite! And with caramelized onion, yumm - great minds think alike :) Perfect for a picnic or any day of the week!

      Faith said...

      Oooh, that is a good-looking sandwich! We don't eat pork, but I bet it would be great with pulled beef too...and the caramelized onion is a great touch!

      Bren said...

      what a great looking sandwich! I don't do pork but the onions look amazing! oh yum! Nice work on this month's round up.

      Magic of Spice said...

      First of aside from everything being amazing, I want to speak of those onions...I could eat these beauties by the spoonful!
      Perfect picnic food or anytime food...gorgeous sandwich :)

      Pacheco Patty said...

      Great timing on this post Tanantha- this is just perfect for the holiday weekend. I love the pile of caramelized onions and with the pulled pork, you've really put together one flavorful sandwich;-)
      What time does the picnic start? I'll bring my own plate and napkin;-)

      Anonymous said...

      This is an awesome pulled pork sandwich - I love the addition of Piment d' Espelette and the pulled pork looks like it's just perfectly succulent. The red wine caramelized onions are a wonderful addition, excellent!

      Lori Lynn said...

      I like the romaine, caramelized onion, and pickled cucumber. All sound like perfect accompaniments to your delicious pulled pork adding layers of freshness, sweetness, and tartness. Very nice!

      Angie's Recipes said...

      That's a gourmet picnic sandwich indeed! I love red wine caramelized onions!

      Marisa said...

      Hey Tanantha! This sounds like a delicious sandwich and I like how versatile it can be. Those red wine carmalized onions look sooo good on top. That is definitely the icing on the cake for me.

      Lazaro Cooks! said...

      You can never go wrong with Piment d'Espelette.

      This pork sandwich is right up my alley, my kind of grub for sure.

      Christy said...

      Now, even picnic calls for gourmet food!!:) It should be a new hype; everything is possible at anytime and anywhere!;)

      Monet said...

      My goodness...I want to come to a picnic with you. This sandwich looks HEAVENLY. Thanks for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow. The weekend is almost here! Hugs from Austin.

      Parsley Sage said...

      Ohmigoodness! That's a super delicious looking sandwich. I love pulled can just toss it in the crock pot when you head out to work in the morning and when you come home you've got a glorious meal just waiting for you :) Well done!

      Jay said...

      this is one gorgeous dish...looks inviting dear..:P

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      LeQuan said...

      I'm really picky about my meats, and I don't eat pork very often, which is why you see a lot of seafood on my blog, but I know I'd definitely love this pulled pork sandwich. I'm a fan of the leaner meat so the more melting of fat, the tastier for me. Haha. Absolutely love the red wine caramelized onions. What a wonderful addition to add texture and burst of flavour. Having the leftovers in tacos was a great idea. Wonderful dish all around, Tanantha.

      Table Talk said...

      I'm in the land of pulled pork barbecue, and think adding caramelized is a fine idea :-)

      Trix said...

      Heck yeah - now THAT is a picnic sandwich! Love pulled pork, yours looks soooo succulent, and the red wine caramelized onions is an awesome touch!

      angela@spinachtiger said...

      I'm with you on the pork shoulder. I can't eat pork loin. It's just tasteless to me, but you figured out how to bring it home for a great picnic. Nice pictures too.

      Victoria said...

      Love these gourmet sandwiches! Pulled pork is great, and I'm sure even with the leaner meat is still nice and juicy, and the addition of those fabulous onions really makes this a special sandwich :)

      Jessica said...

      Oh yum!!! I will picnic every day just to eat this sandwich! Absolutely love your pulled pork and it looks so falling apart good!

      Baking Serendipity said...

      Gourmet indeed :) This sandwich is seriously impressive and delicious sounding! Can I come along on your picnic? :)

      Apron Appeal said...

      I just love my apron too! I also love caramelized onions on sandwiches. The only problem I'm running into right now is that I'm a bit of a bread snob so finding the right bread has been causing me a little more grief than usual - everyone is putting soy into their bread, I can't eat soy (allergies). yesterday I had to resort to make my own. It was worth it though to have my onion sandwich.

      Chef Dennis said...

      I just loved pulled pork and yours is over the top with those lovely caramelized onions!

      hope all is well in your world!

      lostpastremembered said...

      We made David Chang's pork buns this weekend with slow cooked pork belly... he is a genius, isn't he? Love the pork and the onions... must get a slow cooker to make this!!!

      Daily Spud said...

      I adore caramelised onions - I could eat them with this or just about any sandwich I reckon!

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