Portuguese Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Spicy Portuguese Pulled Pork | @familyfoodie

Happy Birthday #SundaySupper!  What’s more fun than getting together with friends to celebrate a special occasion?  I love a party and love recipes that can be prepared ahead so that you can enjoy my company.  So when I needed a special recipe to celebrate this week’s #SundaySupper Birthday Party, I knew that I wanted something that I could make ahead and was budget friendly for a large crowd. One of my favorite places to find great recipes is the #SundaySupper Recipe Index.  I remembered that Amy, Kimchi Mom, had made beautiful Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches for our Labor Day Party.    The fact that  Amy had taken a recipe adapted from The Best Make-Ahead Recipes by Cook’s Illustrated and added her Korean influence, really intrigued me. You all know I just can’t follow recipes and I love to cook Portuguese inspired dishes.  I decided it would be really fun to mix cultures and add some Portuguese influence to these Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches.  Oh my!  The Portuguese influenced Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches were out of this world!  It wouldn’t be a Party without a special drink. Add a pitcher of Portuguese Sangria and take this sandwich to another level! I am so honored to be celebrating this week’s Birthday Event with all these amazing #SundaySupper Contributors.  They have inspired me to cook better and to spend more time around the family table this past year.  Every contributor is choosing a recipe that has inspired them this past year.  Can you imagine our beautiful table filled with these recipes?

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Portuguese Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches #SundaySupper
  • 4½ pounds pork butt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup red pepper paste or puree
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  1. 6-8 miami onion rolls or potato hamburger buns or rolls (I love miami onion rolls)
  2. Cut the pork in half lengthwise for more surface area for the spice rub.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. This is your spice rub.
  4. Massage the spice rub all over the pork. Make sure you cover the entire surface of the pork pieces. Work that rub!
  5. Wrap each piece of pork tightly in plastic wrap. Make sure it’s wrapped well because, believe me, there will be leakage.
  6. Refrigerate the pork overnight.
  7. To make the sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together the red pepper paste, vinegar, brown sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Make sure the sauce is well blended.
  8. Unwrap the pork and place the pieces in the slow cooker insert. Pour the sauce over the pork. Set on high for 5-7 hours or on low for 9-11 hours.
  9. Check on the pork. You’ll know it’s done when it’s fork tender. Oh yeah.
  10. Once it’s done, with a slotted spoon or tongs, scoop the pork into a 9×13 baking dish. Let the remaining sauce in the slow cooker settle for about 5-10 minutes.
  11. In the meantime, you can pull apart the pork with 2 forks. It should pull apart pretty easily at this point. Cover loosely with foil.
  12. With a large shallow spoon, degrease the sauce. Skim the grease from the top and discard. Once you’ve taken as much grease out as possible, pour the sauce over the pulled pork. Toss the pork until well coated.
  13. Generously spoon pork onto your rolls and enjoy!
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  1. says

    Happy birthday to #SundaySupper, Isabel! I am so delighted to join just in time for such a momentous celebration. Your pulled pork sandwiches look divine and perfect for a big party. I hope you really are sitting around today, drinking that sangria and eating some pork! You deserve a special day of thanks for what you have created. Thank you!

  2. says

    It’s one of those simple Portuguese meals that are really tasty and almost a cultural institution. I always associate these sandwiches with family/friends get-togethers around a big table. Today is a classic football match – Benfica/Porto – and I bet that’s what we’re having at my mother-in-law’s before it starts!

  3. says

    Happy Birthday #Sundaysupper!

    I am so glad and excited to participate for the first time, its just awesome!

    Your spicy pulled pork reminds me a bit of Goan cuisine. Similar spices and ingredients. Slowly I understand how the Portuguese cuisine evolved here in Goa and how the culture was influenced. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

  4. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) says

    Looks pretty yummy!

    I am so happy to be part of this group! Your passion and tenacity is infectious and inspiring. I look forward to more Sunday Suppers and hopefully meeting you in real life someday! (I’m working on the July conference!)

  5. says

    Happy Birthday to SundaySupper and Thankyou Isabel for getting us all together!!So glad I’m a part of this wonderful group :)Your Pulled Pork Sandwiches look delish!

  6. says

    Happy Birthday #SundaySupper! Thank you Isabel, for what you created and everything you do! It’s been a pleasure to get to you know you and I look forward to what the next year brings!

  7. says

    I am a complete sucker for any sort of pulled pork sandwich – and this one looks like perfection! And a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sunday Sunday…how exciting it must be to see your vision working! I’m happy to be a part of this, Isabel…thank you for welcoming me around the table each week. :)

  8. says

    Happy Birthday Isabel, such a wonderful group of people you have here, you should be beaming with pride in doing such an amazing job in the first year! Love the pulled pork sandwich!!!

  9. says

    Happy, happy Birthday!!! Congratulations to you Isabel – #SundaySupper has become so important. Thank you so much! I am so honored to be part of this wonderful group – and you know every time I make Smashed Potatoes I think of you, and tell everyone around the table about you :) You have inspired me in so many ways…

    I love the pulled pork sandwich – this is on my “have to make” for a crowd list when the weather warms up.

    A toast to #SundaySupper as well as to you and to many more years to come ~ Bea

  10. says

    Oh Isabel! What a fabulous year it has been and I am so glad to have been a part of Sunday Supper from the beginning. It is also very exciting to see your vision of bringing people back to the family table grow so much. It is only the beginning my friend. So many more great things are on the way, I just know it!

  11. says

    Congratulations, Isabel, on this milestone and all of your accomplishments. I am so happy I found you and this amazing group who help and inspire me in so many ways. Your pork sandwiches look awesome, but really I am craving that sangria. Just a couple more months till I can have it!

  12. says

    Oh this looks simply gorgeous! I am a huge fan of pulled pork. I don’t eat a ton of pork…but when it comes to the “pulled” variety, I definitely have a weakness there! Thank you so much for all that you do for this amazing group. It has been the best year ever since I started blogging in 2006. So much fun, and such great people!

  13. says

    These look amazing! I shared your site with a Portuguese friend of mine who, before joining Sunday Supper, I’d bug to teach me some of his favorite recipes. He was delighted! I’m so thankful to you for starting this group. I had always been intimidated by Twitter chats and blogging groups before, but you’ve put together such an amazing community of bloggers. We all can’t thank you enough!

    Also, I need to find miami rolls–I’ve never had one, but I love onion focaccia, so I think I need to start scouring the bakeries around here :)

  14. says

    Your photo and food look gorgeous, Isabel. Delightful mix of a Southern sandwich à la Portuguese and Korean! Not only are you bringing families around the table, you are bringing countries and cultures together. Bless you!

  15. says

    Oh, man, these sandwiches look divine! Perfect for a cold night between football games! Thanks so much for being our dedicated leader for a full year! Your brainchild has blossomed into the most wonderful mission….happy birthday Sunday Supper!!! xo

  16. says

    This looks lovely ! I can just envision the flavors of pork, brown sugar & all the spices !! yummmmmm !! Thanks so much for being the brain behind Sunday Supper Isabel ! Can’t believe its a year & here’s to many more !

  17. says

    These look absolutely mouth watering. I have been craving pork and this looks like the perfect way to cure that craving. Thanks for having me and for starting a movement with such an amazing mission. I believe the few can inspire the many and I hope to continue to inspire families to take more time to eat together with you on this mission.

  18. says

    Isabel, happy birthday to your baby, Sunday Supper! You are my foodie hero – you’ve done so much with this movement in the past year. You should be so proud. I’ve said this countless times but becoming a part of Sunday Supper has been the thing I’m most proud of since I started blogging. I’m truly honoured to have met you and all the rest of our #SS family. Needless to say – your pulled pork sandwich looks AH-MAY-ZING (just like everything else that comes out of your kitchen). If I lived with you, I’d never be missing at the family table 😉

  19. says

    What a great idea to modify the recipe to Portugese flavor. You are so creative, Isabel! Congratulations to you and #SundaySupper Movement and thank you very much to bring all of us here!

  20. says

    Adding your own cultural flavors is the best part of cooking. I love taking a recipe and adding Korean flavors to it or just adding my own spin to it. I love your Portugese spin on this sandwich. Yummy!

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