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Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 3 lbs pork shoulder
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 hamburger buns

Special equipment needed:
- Slow cooker

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, honey, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
2. Place pork shoulder in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it.
3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until the pork is tender and falls apart easily.
4. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.
5. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker and mix it with the sauce.
6. Toast the hamburger buns.
7. Assemble the sandwiches by placing a generous amount of pulled pork on the bottom bun and topping it with the top bun.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high
Low or high setting on slow cooker
Serving size:
8 sandwiches

Nutritional information:
Calories: 614
Fat: 18g
Carbohydrates: 73g
Protein: 44g
Sodium: 1413mg
Sugar: 41g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Pork shoulder can be substituted with pork butt or pork loin.
- Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Soy sauce can be substituted with tamari or coconut aminos.
- Dijon mustard can be substituted with yellow mustard or whole grain mustard.

- Add sliced jalapeños or pickled onions for extra flavor and texture.
- Use the pulled pork as a topping for nachos or baked potatoes.
- Serve the pulled pork with coleslaw or potato salad on the side.

Tips and tricks:
- For extra crispy buns, toast them in a pan with butter.
- If the sauce is too thin, remove the lid from the slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes to thicken it.
- Leftover pulled pork can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Storage instructions:
Leftover pulled pork can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat the pulled pork in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the pulled pork sandwiches on a platter with a side of coleslaw and pickles.

Garnish the sandwiches with chopped cilantro or green onions.

Serve the sandwiches with a cold beer or a glass of iced tea.

Suggested side dishes:
Coleslaw, potato salad, or baked beans.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the pork is tough, it needs to cook longer.
- If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of water or broth to thin it out.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F before serving.
- Store leftover pulled pork in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.

Food history:
Pulled pork sandwiches are a classic Southern dish that originated in the United States.

Flavor profiles:
The sweet and spicy sauce is a combination of tangy, smoky, and slightly spicy flavors.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the pulled pork sandwiches with a side of coleslaw and pickles for a classic Southern meal.

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Taste: Spicy, Sweet, Tangy, Savory