The Deen Bros. Lighter Smokey Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Smokey Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

By Jamie and Bobby Deen

581 Fewer Calories
53 g Less Fat

3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (1 1/2-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed of all visible fat
2 teaspoons canola oil
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 reduced-calorie hamburger buns
Coleslaw and pickles (optional)

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a small roasting pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Combine 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar, the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture all over the pork, pressing to adhere.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning frequently, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the pork to the roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 145°F for medium, about 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, ketchup, yellow mustard, maple syrup, Worcestershire, dry mustard, onion powder, ground red pepper, and the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup, 6 – 8 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl.

Thinly slice the pork across the grain. Add the pork to the sauce in the bowl and toss until well coated. Divide the pork mixture evenly among the bottoms of the buns. Cover with the tops of buns. Serve with coleslaw and pickles if desired.

Per Serving (1 sandwich): 333 Cal; 36 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 26 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 8 g Sugar; 49 mg Calcium; 4 mg Iron; 604 mg Sodium; 90 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  BBQ Pork Sandwich
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of the Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Could this be modified to make bbq pulled pork in the crock pot?

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