Peach-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Dijon-Peach Spread
Canned peaches melt deliciously into the braise for the pork shoulder in these satisfying sandwiches. This recipe first appeared in our March 2014 issue with the story A Change of Seasons.
Yield: serves 10-12
For the Pork
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 lb. boneless pork shoulder
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> tbsp. smoked paprika
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 large yellow onion, cut into 6 wedges
- 2 (12-oz.) bottles lager beer
- 1 (1-qt.) jar canned peaches in syrup, drained or use store-bought, 1 cup syrup reserved
For the Sandwich
- <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cup olive oil
- 3 large red onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup peach jam
- <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> cup Dijon mustard
- Sliced multigrain bread, lightly toasted, for serving
- Baby arugula, for serving
- Make the pork: Heat oven to 325°. Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, 10–12 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add paprika, cloves, bay leaves, garlic, and onion to pan; cook until golden, 6–8 minutes. Add beer; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan, until reduced by half, 10–12 minutes. Return pork to pan; add half the peaches. Bake, covered, until pork is tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into pork reads 190°, 3–3 1⁄2 hours. Let cool, then using 2 forks or your hands, shred pork; transfer to a bowl. Slice remaining peaches; fold into pork with 1⁄2 cup pan drippings and peach syrup.
- To serve: Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Cook onions until caramelized, 25–30 minutes. Stir jam and mustard in a bowl; spread over each slice bread. Divide pork and onions between half the bread slices; top with arugula and remaining bread slices.
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