Snack Tray: BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

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BBQ pulled pork sliders

Snack Tray: BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Here is an all-American, heart-healthy dish to make for the giggling kids at your teenager’s sleepover or for a Saturday book club meeting.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

for the pulled pork
1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2-1/2-3 pounds lean, cut pork loin roast (all visible fat discarded)

1/2 cup unsweetened, plain applesauce

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup water

1 small onion (coarsely chopped)

for the bbq sauce and sandwiches
1/4 cup unsweetened, plain applesauce

2 tablespoons sugar-free peach preserves

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

12 whole-wheat slider buns

12 slices thinly sliced green apple (about 1 apple)

12 slices thinly sliced red onion (about 1/2 an onion)

For pork: In a small bowl, combine thyme, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, paprika and pepper. Rub evenly over pork. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/4 cup vinegar, honey, chicken broth and water. In crock-pot, scatter onions to cover the bottom of dish. Place pork on top of onion and pour applesauce mixture over pork. Cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Remove meat from crock-pot and discard remaining cooking liquid. When cool enough to touch, shred pork by hand or with two forks, discarding any fat or bones. (Optional: Remove onions with serrated spoon.)

For sauce: Whisk together applesauce, preserves, chili powder and vinegar to make BBQ sauce. Toss sauce with pulled pork. Fill each slider bun with about 1/4 cup pork, apple slices and red onion slices. Serves 6


From American Heart Association News

Roslyn Daniels