Robert Irvine’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Missing the taste of summer? This recipe from Dinner: Impossible star Robert Irvine will make you feel like you’re relaxing in your backyard, enjoying a barbecue with friends.

Robert Irvine’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


4 pounds pork shoulder roast
5 to 6 whole cloves
3 tablespoons Smokey BBQ Rub, recipe follows
2 red onions, thinly sliced
16 ounces barbecue sauce

Smokey BBQ Rub:

1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons dark chili powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Stud the roast with the cloves and rub with the Smokey BBQ Rub. Place the roast in a slow cooker and top with the onions. Cover the roast with 2 cups of water and slow cook for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the pork, discard the cloves and layer of fat, as well as any water and grease remaining in the pot. When the pork is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your hands to shred and pull the meat apart. Return the meat to the slow cooker along with the barbecue sauce. Heat for 1 to 2 hours. Serve on your favorite roll.

Smokey BBQ Rub:

Combine the granulated and brown sugars, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, mustard and cayenne in a bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1 cup

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