Pulled Pork Sandwich
8 Hrs, 30 mins
3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Hot Paprika
1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1 3-4 Pound Boneless Pork Shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
2 Teaspoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar, plus more to taste
3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
6 Martin's 12 Sliced Potato Rolls
Barbecue Sauce and Prepared Coleslaw, for serving
Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the paprika, mustard powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet; add the pork and cook, turning, until browned on all sides, 5 minutes. Remove the pork and transfer to a plate; whisk 3/4 cup water into the drippings in the skillet. Transfer the liquid to a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker.
Add the vinegar, tomato paste, the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 cups water to the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the pork, cover and cook on low, 8 hours.
Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board. Strain the liquid into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Season with salt. Roughly chop the pork and mix in a bowl with 1 cup of the reduced cooking liquid, and salt and vinegar to taste. Serve on rolls with barbecue sauce and coleslaw, if desired.