Barbecue Pork Slider Sandwiches

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    Barbecue Pork Slider Sandwiches

    Makes 10 Servings

    $2.14 per serving (As of December 2012)

     

    Even though this hearty meal takes all day to cook in the slow cooker, it takes just minutes to assemble. By adding barbecue sauce to the mix along with naturally sweet dried plums (AKA prunes), these pulled pork sliders are hard to resist. Oh, and did we mention that they’re also surprisingly low in fat thanks to the lean pork loin?

     

    2¼ pounds pork loin, trimmed of excess fat
    1 large red onion, cut into ½-inch dice
    1½ cups barbecue sauce, divided
    1 cup pitted prunes
    20 whole wheat slider buns, lightly toasted
    1¼ cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, optional
    2 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled, and cut into ½-inch dice, optional

     

    1.  Add the pork, onion, 1 cup of the barbecue sauce, and the prunes to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low until the pork is tender, about 7 hours.

     

    2.  When the meat is done, use two forks to pull the meat and prunes into shredded pieces. Add the remaining half cup barbecue sauce and stir to combine.

     

    3.  Divide the pork mixture evenly between the slider buns and top with the cheese and avocado as desired.

     

    Nutrition Information per Serving (2 slider sandwiches): 440 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated), 590mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 29g protein, 15% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 20% iron


    Tip:  The avocado and cheese are just two possible toppers. Fresh cilantro would also be nice. As for side dish options, consider coleslaw and a medley of crunchy vegetables – carrots, bell pepper strips, and celery.

    Barbecue Pork Slider Sandwiches

    Grocery List

    Be sure to check your pantry before heading to the store!

     

    1 large red onion
    2 avocados, optional
    1½ cups barbecue sauce
    1 cup pitted prunes
    20 whole wheat slider buns
    2¼ pounds pork loin
    1¼ cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, optional


    Recipe courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms.