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Pulled "Pork" BBQ Sandwiches

The sauce in these sandwiches may taste like an old family recipe that has been simmered for days, but the simple ingredients and short cooking time make it easy to whip up whenever you have a craving for barbecue.



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2 Tbs. olive oil
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1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
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12 cloves garlic, minced (about ¼ cup)
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1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
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1 Tbs. horseradish
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2 tsp. molasses
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2 tsp. cider vinegar
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1 tsp. lemon zest
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2 8-oz. pkgs. seitan, shredded
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6 sandwich rolls


  1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, and cook 3 minutes. Add horseradish, molasses, vinegar, lemon zest and ½ cup water, and simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Fold in seitan.
  3. Fill rolls with with barbecue mixture, and top with coleslaw, if desired. Serve with hot sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

27 g
Total Fat: 
7.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1.5 g
35 g
0 mg
602 mg
3 g
8 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

what was used in place of the meat?

Seitan. Recipe calls for 2 8-oz packages of seitan.


What kind of horseradish do you use? Fresh or prepared???

I ended up using 1 Tbs of bottled horseradish. Not sure if the taste came through. This was o.k. It had more of a tangy tomato flavor than a BBQ flavor. I'd probably add an adobe pepper (for some added spice and depth of flavor) and cut back on the lemon zest next time. It was a little bit too much of a hint of lemon. I'd also maybe add some liquid smoke just to give it a nice smoky flavor. So I guess if you like your BBQ more on the tangy side this would be perfect. I like more of a smoky, tangy, with a hint of sweet flavor for BBQ dishes.

I added 1 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke; 1/4 teaspoon of cumin and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. It had a much smokier flavor and offset the lemon zest, which I found too lemony.