In Which You Look So Skinny We Offer You A Sandwich

Your Catholic Grandmother From Memphis’ Favorite Recipe

By Tess Lynch


Use this dish as a conversation starter at dinner parties; open with my favorite line, “Is pork actually white meat?”

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches (To Be Enjoyed With Beer)

3 lb pork butt (better) or shoulder roast (bone in)

1 jar minced garlic

kosher salt and pepper, flour for dredging

olive oil

1 maui onion

gulden’s mustard (spicy brown)

light brown sugar

chicken broth

juice of 1 lemon

white wine vinegar

white sesame-seed hamburger buns

bbq sauce as condiment

Salt and pepper meat, then cut cross-hatches on fatty side. Rub approximately 1/3 jar of minced garlic into cross-hatching on fatty side of roast; smear about a tablespoon of the garlic over other side. Dredge with flour and brown in olive oil on both sides and ends in a heavy pot with a lid. Preheat oven to 320; pour off excess olive oil, put pot with
roast in it aside.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp gulden’s mustard and 2 tbsp brown sugar. When a mixed well, add 1 tsp minced garlic. Coat roast, fatty side up, with 2/3 mustard mixture. Reserve rest of mustard mixture. Slice onion and add to pot. Add 1/2 can chicken broth to pot, and cook uncovered 3 hours in heated oven. Cover roast after 3 hours for another 1 1/2-2 hours. Pour off liquid and reserve; coat fatty side of pork again with remaining mustard


These are not the sandwiches I made. I ate all of those. But they looked similar.

Uncover and put back in oven to cook for another hour. While pork continues to cook, reduce reserved cooking liquid over high heat and use gravy separator to pour off fat. When liquid thickens to gravy consistency, add lemon juice and 1 tsp – 3 tsp vinegar
to taste, simmer 5-10 minutes over low heat. Pork should sit for 15 minutes before pulling off bone with fork for sandwiches; ladle sauce over pork on white buns and add bbq sauce as desired.


Tess Lynch is an author, inventor, and bacon enthusiast living in Los Angeles

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