Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi

Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi

Ever since I picked up a slow cooker, I have been addicted to pulled pork! The slow cooker turns out perfectly cooked pulled pork every time that is nice and juicy and tender. What's more is that it is dead easy to make pulled pork given that you can simply put the pork into the slow cooker in the morning and let it work its magic while you are at work. Recently I have been trying new flavours with BBQ pulled pork and while I was enjoying some Vietnamese caramel shrimp banh mi recently, I got the crazy idea to try a Vietnamese pulled pork banh mi.

The first step in creating the Vietnamese pulled pork banh mi was coming up with the 'BBQ' sauce. I particularly enjoy the Vietnamese savoury caramel sauce like the one used in Vietnamese caramel shrimp and I wanted to use that as the base of the BBQ sauce. From there I added some typical Vietnamese flavours including some salty fish sauce, some tart lime juice and some birds eye chilies for a kick of spicy heat. Once I had the BBQ sauce made it was a simple matter of throwing the pork into the slow cooker along with some of the BBQ sauce to cook while I went off to work.

Armed with my Vietnamese pulled pork it was a simple matter of making the banh mi sandwiches. Of course the next step was to make some quick Vietnamese carrot and radish pickles . From there I assembled the sandwiches with the pulled pork in a baguette with lots of fresh ingredients and a touch of mayonnaise. The Vietnamese pulled pork was amazingly tasty with an excellent balance of sweet, salty, tart, and spicy hot. The juicy cucumbers and pickles worked really well with the tasty BBQ pulled pork cleansing the palette leaving you ready to enjoy more of the BBQ pulled pork in the next bite.

Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi

Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi

Servings: 4
  • 1 baguette (cut into 4 sandwich sized lengths and sliced in half)
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 pound Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork (see below)
  • 1/4 cup pickled daikon radish
  • 1/4 cup pickled carrots
  • 1/2 cup cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (loosely packed)
  • 2 birds eye chilies (sliced, optional)
  1. Assemble sandwiches and enjoy.

Vietnamese BBQ Pulled Pork

Servings: 4
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 2 birds eye chilies (sliced)
  • 1 (3 pound) pork butt
  1. Heat the sugar in a pan on medium-high heat until it melts, caramelizes and turns a light golden brown.
  2. Carefully add the water and heat until the caramel dissolves.
  3. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and chilies and simmer to reduce by half, about 6-10 minutes.
  4. Put the pork in the slow cooker, pour 1/2 of the 'bbq' sauce over it and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  5. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, let cool and then shred with a pair of forks.
  6. Skim the fat from the juices, place them in a sauce pan along with the remaining 'bbq' sauce, simmer to reduce to 1 cup and mix into the shredded pork.


vanillasugar said...

you kill me kevin. i do remember that vietnamese caramel sauce and now these. so good.

Maria said...

I really love trying new things and I think I'd swoon over this little sandwich. Such great flavors here!

Kathleen said...

Kevin, this looks sooooo FABULOUS!

LimeCake said...

I always had the impression that pulled pork is incredibly time-consuming and difficult to do. This looks so fantastic!

Justeen @ Blissful Baking said...

this looks like a fantastic sandwich! i've always wanted to try banh mi at vietnamese restaurants, but always end up getting pho instead!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That banh mi is splendid! Perfect and so appetizing.



Allison Day said...

This looks ridiculously good. I'm drooling over that picture. I adore a good banh mi (and now I'm craving one, thanks to you) and pulled pork is always good in my book. ^_^

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Anonymous said...

These sandwiches sound sooooooooo goooooooood! a perferct thing after Christmas cookies overdose :)

daphne said...

pulled pork hey.. first time i have heard of it even though i ate quite a few of these banh mi! gosh! but u r right, these rolls are addictive!

Fuat Gencal said...

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Raw_Girl said...

So pretty!

So glad you're back from your vacay and posting again.

Joanne said...

Pulled pork is one of the best thing in life to be addicted to. This sounds wonderful!

Chloe Snacks said...

this looks great! i love pulled pork and this sandwich looks amazing thanks for sharing. beautiful picture as well.

The Culinary Chase said...

Kevin, I love pulled pork and especially like the Thai version you show. YUM!

Medifast Coupon said...

You can never go wrong with pulled pork! Adding new flavours to it only enhances it! Great idea and so easy to do, impressive!

Recipe360 said...

it looks so..fresh. A lot of raw veggies on there looks amazing. what makes a ban-mi a ban-mi exactly? Why is it different from your average sub?

Jennifurla said...

You always have such gorgeous pics followed by flavorful recipes, very idea! Happy New Year.

esther said...

I did this as well! It's a good take on a banh mi, though I'm not sure if it's technically considered a banh mi without pate! =D

springwaltz said...

is there an alternative to cooking the pork in a slow cooker? because i don't own one of those and i love banh mi sandwiches... :(


This sandwich looks amazing !

Gloria said...

Kevin always yours recikpes are amazing and delicious is a joy stopping your blog!I whish you a wonderful and nice Happy New Year, gloria

Foodiemom said...

Glad I found your blog. I am a fellow Torontonian and I too am addicted to pulled pork and have been experimenting with it since the spring. Slow cookers rule. Our newest take on pulled pork has us making a rub and cooking the pork in a chocolate porter a la Beer Bistro. I definitely will try this.

Happy new year and happy cooking.


Kevin said...

springwaltz: You can roast the pork in a preheated 250F oven until it is fork tender, about 6-8 hours, depending on the size of the pork. This will give it a slightly crispy edge and if you do not want the crispy edge you can cover the pork while it is roasting.

Mo Mom said...

I made these last summer for a party. Thank you they were beter then the ones at the resturant
That had inspired us to make it!

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