Monday, August 6, 2012

Pulled Pork Sliders on Homemade Buns

Bless my husband for putting up with my whimsical ideas.  I decided to explore the idea of home made sandwich buns several months back.  After a few attempts I finally achieved what I believe is a good bun.  Not only are they soft, but they freeze well too.  I like slider buns, but my husband prefers the larger hamburger buns.  This recipe will make 9 slider buns, or six larger buns.  This is a lengthy process but you will appreciate the results.
Pork Sliders on Homemade Buns
Begin by placing 2 pounds of pork meat in a slow cooker
2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 tbs salt and 1 tbs pepper.
Cook on high for at least four hours.

Home Made Buns                
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Egg
2 Tbs Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Cups Flour
2 Tsp Active Dry Yeast
1/4 Cup Warm Water

Place yest and warm water in a bowl for five minutes to activate the yeast.  Whip egg and milk together in mixing bowl.  Add yeast and dry ingredients kneading all items together.  Dough should be stiff and easily from a ball. If too moist add more flour until texture is proper.  Leave dough in bowl and cover with a warm towel until doubled (approximately 30 minutes).  Remove dough from bowl and lay on a well floured surface.  Knead until all air bubbles are removed.  With a rolling pen that has been floured make a round form 1 1/2 inch thick.  Pick a glass that is either 3 inches across (for sliders) or at least 5 inches for larger guns.  Dip glass in flour and place as close to edge of dough as possible.  With a knife trace the edge of the glass.  Remove glass and place the etched bun on a pan coated with cooking spray.  Continue process until all dough is used.  Take remaining  dough and roll again to form more buns.  Place tray in a warm room (or oven that is heated to no more than 150) and let raise until doubled (about 20 minutes).  Cook on 350 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and brush butter on buns.

                                                   Pulled Pork

                                                    2 Lbs Cooked Pork
                                                    1/2 Cup Ketchup
                                                    2 Tbs Brown Sugar (more if you prefer sweeter sauce)
                                                    1 Tbs Mesquite Smoke Flavoring
                                                    1 Tbs Worchestire Sauce
                                                    2 Tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
                                                    2 Tsp Red Pepper Sauce (optional)

Pork should be cooked so that it falls apart easily.  Remove from crock pot and shred with two forks.  Remove all broth from the pan and set aside.  Once pork is nicely shredded place back in crock pot and add all of the remaining ingredients.  If too dry add a couple spoons of broth. Continue simmering pork in crock pot on low for one hour.

Garnish sandwiches with your choice of avocado, jalapeno or Home Made Relish.

                                                    Homemade Relish

                                                    1/4 Cup Dill Pickles (diced)
                                                    1 Jalapeno (diced)
                                                    2 Large Garlic Cloves (crushed)
                                                    1/4 Cup Diced onion

Mix all ingredients and let set in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

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