North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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  1. says

    this makes me long for home like you can’t imagine. I’m from NC and you just can’t find good bbq where I am now. thanks for posting it!

    • says

      I might have to go to bat for TX here! I grew up there and LOVE the BBQ down there! There’s nothing like it here in OH!

  2. says

    I was wondering if you have tips for people trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup from their diets while eating frugally?

    I ask because in this recipe alone the mayo and BBQ sauce have it…please help!!! It’s a daunting task.


    • says

      I used Miracle whip which does not have HFCS. I have tried a BBQ sauce without it, but Kraft does have it. I think it was Montgomery Inn brand??? Just read all the labels or look in the natural/organic section of your store. This recipe didn’t use that much BBQ sauce…just enough to coat the pork.

  3. says

    Oh I can’t believe you posted a pulled pork recipe without my eastern NC expertise!! hahaha!! lol… Actually all we use down here in my part of the state is a sauce made of cider vinegar, salt, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce! Don’t tell anybody you used a tomato based barbecue sauce, they’d hurt you! haha!! just kidding! Your pic is great, boy i’d love a sandwich like that for lunch!! 😉

  4. Jenelle says


    I work very diligently to keep my budget in check AND keep HFCS out of my family’s diet. I have found the best way to do this is to simply make as many things as I can myself. We now make our own Mayo (just eggs and canola oil, and it only takes a few minutes to whip up) and my husband has started making our BBQ sauce. The added bonus. It all tasts 100% better then anything you could ever buy in a store. Here’s the BBQ sauce recipe:

    one up of Jack Daniels, reduced down to 1/4 or 1/8 (or you could use apple juice)

    one can of tomato sauce
    1/2 cup of ketchup*
    1/2 cup of molasses
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 cup Flavored Rice Wine Vinegar
    1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
    Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder and Onion powder to taste. So something along the lines of
    1 tsp Salt
    1 tsp Pepper
    1 tbsp Garlic powder
    1 tbsp Onion powder

    Reduce the Jack down, pour in all the rest of the stuff, let it simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.

    Viola, really good bbq sauce.

    *Most Ketchups have HFCS. I have found a wonderful organic one at Trader Joe’s and it is only $1.25 a bottle!

  5. says

    Love this meal–and the photograph!

    I bought Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce at Kroger recently. Not only was it cheap, it contained no HFCS.

    It’s tough because even if you make your own sauce, chances are that your ingredients still contain HFCS, too.

  6. says

    WoW! That photo looks fabulous! Don’t even get me started on the sammys…I’m from the South and this makes me long for NC and some good ol’BBQ. Love that this is such an affordable option to take out BBQ places!


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