Y’all living and being in the south we love our BBQ don’t we? I can tell you the best thing my Dad ever got was his Big Green Egg smoker/grill. I believe if he could he would make every meal for him and Mom on it. I mean is there anything better than the smell of the grill on a late Sunday afternoon, friends and family around and a cold beer in hand? I can’t really think of much better, except maybe figuring out a way to make it plant based. I found a brand that does just that, No Evil Foods has really up’d the game in the plant based meats. You really can give them a lot of flavor and it has the texture of meat. So I was really happy when I found out they do a version of Pulled Pork. I thought to myself, why not make a BBQ pulled “pork” sandwich with slaw? Yeah, let’s make that.
I am not really a cole slaw kinda girl, I do make a pretty mean slaw a few different ways. This is a make in advance kinda deal, because honestly the longer that it sits the better it gets. A few standard ingredients are all you need:
- bag of cole slaw mix
- vegan mayo
- horseradish sauce
- rice wine vinegar
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- lemon juice
- shredded carrots
Add your bag of slaw mix to a bowl with a splash of rice wine vinegar and olive oil. I always feel like there are never enough shredded carrots in the premixes so I add a handful of carrots to the mix. Let’s talk about the apple for a minute. A lot of folk add, sugar to their slaw. I’ve never seen the point when you can add it naturally and the apple is another layer of flavor and crunch. A granny smith is really great in this however, I only had fuji on hand so that’s what I went with. Take your standard box grater and grate the apple, skin and all. If you like your slaw really wet, keep the juice in the apple if not, give it a little squeeze and then toss it in with the slaw mix. add a heaping spoon of horseradish, I like it spicy but if you don’t like it so much then go with a little less. Add in a couple teaspoons of mayo, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well. Cover and put in the fridge.
First things first, take your bun and season them. I know sounds super weird but y’all I’m telling ya it’s a game changer; a little butter a little salt and pepper pop in the oven with a couple slices of cheese on top. When you take the No Evil “Pork” out of the package and break it up you can see that it already has a little bit of sauce on it, and if you like it less saucy then fine, leave as is and add a couple splashes of water to the pan so nothing sticks to the bottom; but I’m a sauce fend and needed more of that deliciousness. You are really just heating everything through, which makes this a great weeknight meal if you are in a hurry or if you are making something quick for lunch. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about making a little bbq bowl with some black beans, corn, rice spinach and maybe some avocado on the side….yeah that sounds pretty tasty; but let’s get back to this sandwich shall we. Don’t forget those buns y’all, things in the oven burn quickly! Plate your buns and pile on all of your delicious stuff, the bbq pulled “pork”, some slaw, top with some pickles even add some hot sauce if you want some spice. You can of course serve this with a million and one different sides, I kept it pretty simple and just went with some chips. Don’t forget the napkins y’all, like all good BBQ it’s messy!