This BBQ Pork Sandwich is the latest in a number of BBQ pork ideas I have here on Krumpli, to date I have, slow cooker, oven and BBQ versions and this one rounds out my kitchen gadgets by being cooked in the InstantPot. The concept of this dish was to avoid the idea of a pulled pork sandwich but a beautifully cooked carving piece of meat with a lightly sweet fragrant BBQ sauce, for me that means using a cut of meat called Tarja here in Hungary or Pork Collar in the UK and my research leads me to believe that it is called Boston Butt in the US but I am ready to be corrected on that (see what I did there). It is a cheap cut of meat that has enough fat to make it interesting but not too much sinew, as with cooking most meat in the InstantPot I am discovering the structure and shape of the meat has just as much influence over cooking times as the weight so for reference I usually buy a centre cut joint. As with all pot roasted meat the one thing you do not get with this BBQ Pork Sandwich is any caramelisation from the high temperatures so this recipe is cut short in the InstantPot and flashed through a really high oven just to get the sugars crystallising a little before carving and serving. It is of course an optional step, if you are not going to do this then cook for a few more minutes in the Instantpot. If you want to see my other BBQ Pork recipes just press the magnifying glass in the menu above and type in BBQ Pork 😉
There is a word of caution on the notes for this BBQ Pork recipe, some of you may find it a little pink, I take this particular cut of pork to 65℃ so that it renders down the fat a little more than the minimum 62℃ would but it is still a long way from the old school 70-71℃ reference that was so prevalent in the past. So please feel free to cook on longer if you wish, my timing still fall within all safe guidelines, although they would not if I were cooking loin which I like very much more pink.
I have to confess that this dish is one that sees my frustration with winter showing through, I do try and cook with seasonal ingredients where ever I can but as we draw towards the end of the seasons I am bored of the repetition of the same old ingredients and yearn for new seasons produce to arrive. So as we sit here at the start of February I am definitely leaning a little more on my stock of pickled vegetables make my BBQ Pork Sandwich a little more vibrant, and by does it work, those sharp tones really bounce so well off the sweet and fragrant notes of the BBQ Pork. Now you can of course use your favourite shop bought sauce and rub for this if you wish, which if course makes it a really simple dish, rub on stuff, let sit, open jar add more stuff, let sit and cook… But you all know that aint my thing and love to make my own sauce and rubs, they just seem to have much more ‘life’ in them than store bought rubs and sauces. I aint no kitchen angel though, I can’t be doing with baking bread on a regular basis, life is way to short as far as I am concerned and our family of two is way to small for me to be dicking around making a loaf every time I want a sandwich. Todays choice was a sesame coated ciabatta style loaf from a local baker and it was a gabizillion times better than anything I would make at home.