Do you like leftovers? We like most of ours, but sometimes it can get “old” eating leftovers (even if original recipe was fantastic!). Such was the case a few weeks ago, so I “morphed” the leftovers from a pork roast into a BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagie with Spicy Slaw… YUM.
We were enjoying our leftovers from a recipe I made for Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Raspberry Sauce, but since there was quite a bit of pork still waiting to be eaten (there’s only 2 of us), I decided to morph the leftover pork into a completely new meal, for variety’s sake. Enter these delicious BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagies with Spicy Slaw. The spicy slaw recipe is from a previous recipe I posted for a Fried Chicken, Spicy Mayo and Slaw Sandwich.
I took the leftover pork slices (and the original cranberry-raspberry sauce from my previous pork tenderloin recipe) PLUS lots of BBQ sauce, and threw it all back into my slow cooker and let it cook all day (at least 5-6 hours). Note: ANY leftover boneless pork chops or pork roast will work fine! You can always BUY precooked BBQ pork if you want to skip this part, but this is how I did it.
After the meat and sauce had cooked for 5-6 hours I shredded the pork (with two forks) and added even more BBQ sauce…
I happened to have sauce left over from the pork roast I had previously cooked, but if you have leftovers from “any old” pork roast or chops (without sauce)… you can always put leftover pieces or slices into your slow cooker with some water or broth, cook it for several hours, shred the pork, THEN add BBQ sauce (picture is from a separate recipe for example):
Once pork is shredded, coated with BBQ sauce and reheating, all you need to do is prepare the spicy slaw mixture and refrigerate it until ready to serve up the hoagies (easy!…
Spread some hoagie rolls with butter, then lightly grill them until golden brown (this will help the bread to not get soggy once you add the BBQ shredded pork)…
Top the toasted hoagie rolls with hot shredded BBQ pork, then add the cold, spicy slaw…
Serve… and enjoy!!!
Hope you enjoy them… it’s a great way to use up leftover pork, without having to toss it or have it dry out in the refrigerator!
- Shredded pork (quantity-as much or as little as you wish)
- BBQ sauce (enough to fully saturate the amount of shredded pork you will use)
- 4 Hoagie rolls (one per sandwich)
- 4 Tablespoons Butter (to spread on rolls before grilling)
- 1 garlic clove , finely chopped
- 1/2 small red onion , thinly sliced, chopped
- 1 jalapeno , finely chopped
- 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
- 1/2 cup Bread and Butter pickle slices , plus 1/4 cup pickle juice from jar
- Cook pork or leftover pork in slow cooker for several hours until completely tender. Using two forks, shred the pork. Put back into slow cooker and add sufficient BBQ sauce to completely coat meat. Heat thoroughly (can also heat the shredded BBQ pork in microwave, if desired).
- Make spicy slaw while pork is heating: Mix all slaw ingredients in a small bowl; toss to combine, then cover and refrigerate until ready to build the sandwiches.
- Spread each half of the hoagie rolls with butter. Grill until they are golden brown.
- Place grilled roll on serving dish. Spread hot BBQ shredded pork on top of one half of the roll. Spoon some cold spicy slaw evenly over the pork. Place top bun on the hoagie, and serve!
Cook time varies. Cooking time shown is based on having pre-cooked pork available when you start this recipe. Once you have the precooked, shredded pork coated with BBQ sauce and hot, you can have the sandwiches finished in about 10 minutes.
My other advice is to try and make the spicy slaw several hours before serving. The flavors really develop well, the longer it is refrigerated!