I made these Bibimbap Sopes a couple of weeks ago and it opened up a whole new world of pulled pork for me. Out of that single batch of pork we ate tacos, sopes and sandwiches. I ate the last dregs of it over some rice for lunch and the only reason I haven't made it again already is because Shack has been working on a frozen lake far too north for me to even acknowledge his exact location. We weren't expecting him until the weekend at the earliest but he called to say he was on his way home AND it just happened to be Valentine's day so guess what I made? He had spent ten days eating wings, poutine, wings, fries and more wings at one of the two or three truckstops that were available to them so, to be honest, I could have just made him a sandwich with nice italian cold cuts on really nice bread and he would have been thrilled.
I could have done that but everyone knows that the way to a man's heart is through his pork gland.
As much as we all loved it the last time, I found myself wishing that it was, perhaps, just a little less sweet and a tiny bit spicy so I tweaked it a little bit. This time, I cut way back on the honey and added just a bit of corn syrup instead (you could still use honey) and threw in a bit of gochujang. The amount of gochujang is up to you. I might add more the next time but I just wanted it to be a little bit spicy so this worked for me today. Maybe next week, I will be in a 1/2 cup of gochujang kind of mood.
For the actual sandwiches, I just made the same asian slaw that I made to go with my spicy chicken but I upped the vinegar to make it a bit more tangy so it could stand up to the pork and swapped the nuts for some sesame seeds.
I love lots of pulled pork variations (and I still adore Shack's pulled pork with mustard mop with all of my heart) but there is something about this stuff that just makes you want to keep eating these sandwiches - they are sweet, spicy, salty and a bit acidic - just like me.
Korean Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Buns (we like old school, soft white hamburger buns but use whatever works for you)