Just last week I prepared tamales with roast pork and salsa verde. When I went grocery shopping for the ingredients, the smallest pork shoulder they had was 4 pounds, so I decided to use half for the tamales and half for today’s lunch: slowly roasted pork sandwich with Aji cilantro sauce. Most people serve pulled pork sandwiches with BBQ sauce and coleslaw, but I wanted to make a lighter, fresher sandwich with the pork that was equally delicious. I think I hit the jackpot with this recipe!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
If you would like to prepare the pork ahead of time you may do so but I will warn you, it’s best right out of the oven. If you roast the pork the day before, shred when hot and keep it in its juices to prevent it from drying out. Reheat in the oven covered until warm.
The pickled onions can also be prepared the day before or even several days before.
When preparing the aji sauce, you may find it difficult to find aji peppers especially if you are in the United States. I opted for half serrano peppers and half yellow peppers. You can also use habanero or jalapeno.
At first, I was worried that this sandwich may be on the dry side but it was far from it! The avocado added a nice creamy texture while the pork was warm and tender, the aji sauce spicy but fresh and the pickled onions tart. A great combination of flavors without packing all the calories! You can even serve these as sliders for your next gathering!
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