Pulled Pork Sandwich

Ingredients:

For the Pork:
2 tsp avocado oil
3 pounds pork (Boston butt, trimmed of surface fat)
½ tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ c rice wine
2 ½ c thinly sliced red cabbage
1 onion, sliced
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

For the Cucumbers:
1 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper

For Assembly
Whole-grain hamburger buns

Instructions:

To make the Pork:

  1. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil.
  2. Season pork on all sides with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and brown on all sides, about 4 min per side.
  3. Add browned pork to a slow cooker.
  4. Off heat, add rice wine and place skillet on low heat. Scrape any brown bits from the pan with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add contents of the skillet to the slow cooker, along with cabbage, onion, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce and cook on low for 4 hours.

To make the Cucumbers:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir and dissolve honey and salt into rice vinegar.
  2. Add Cucumbers and pepper.
  3. Chill at least one hour.

Assemble:

  1. Toast buns under a broiler.
  2. Fill with pork and drained cucumber.
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