Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwich with a Surprising and Healthy Ingredient!

by Robyn Wright on July 15, 2015

in Food

Okay, I have got a great summer recipe to share with you today but with a very surprising ingredient. Not only is this a surprising ingredient but it is good for you! I’m talking about Sunsweet Pitted Prunes! Yes, prunes!

In the main recipe the Sunsweet prunes are in the BBQ sauce and will add a wonderful sweet taste for you and no one would ever guess that prunes are part of the sauce.

I actually eat Sunsweet Pitted Prunes every day. Each afternoon I eat 2 to 3 Sunsweet Pitted Prunes with a little schmear of almond butter on them. Trust me that this helps keep things moving along in your system. Know what I mean? Honestly, it really is an amazing and tasty little snack and I encourage you to give it a try.

Now for the fabulous recipe for Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches that you, your family, and your guests will devour and love! Sunsweet’s grilling tip is to marinate the meat before grilling to tenderize and flavor the meat for at least three hours in a sealed container.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches RECIPE

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients for Pork

  • 3lb pork shoulder roast, boneless
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1/8 tsp liquid smoke (1/2 tsp for Dutch oven)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (6 cups for Dutch oven)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for BBQ Sauce

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 9 oz bag Sunsweet® Pitted Prunes
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tsp olive oil


Heat a heavy-bottomed frying pan over high heat 3 to 4 minutes, add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Season the pork roast with salt on all sides and brown in the pan, 3 minutes per side. Put pork in a crock pot. Add the onions, broth and liquid smoke. Cook the pork 10 to 12 hours on a low setting. Alternatively, put the browned roast in a Dutch oven with 6 cups of broth and 1/2 tsp liquid smoke and bake, covered 3 to 4 hours at 325°F. When meat is cool enough to handle, remove fat and shred the meat. Toss with Sunsweet® Prune BBQ Sauce (recipe to follow) and serve piled high on toasted buns or slider rolls.

BBQ Sauce
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tsp of olive oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat. Cool and remove the cinnamon stick and place sauce in a blender. Blend until smooth. Sauce keeps for two weeks when refrigerated.

Sunsweet Prunes

Look for the individually wrapped Sunsweet Ones at your grocery store and grab some almond butter too. I personally like Trader Joe’s salted creamy almond butter. You will thank me for this after you eat these for several days in a row!


Do you eat Sunsweet prunes alone or mixed in with anything else like in this recipe? Share with us all!


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1 tannawings July 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

This soundss good and the prunes would add a nice sweet flavor. I actually love prunes and have to waych I dont eat too many at a time ha!!! I like plums too and prunes are even better.

2 Robin July 16, 2015 at 6:35 am

Sunsweet prunes are tasty on their own, and I never thought about turning them into a more substantial snack. I like your almond butter idea!

3 ginette4 July 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

oh wow Robyn, you always post the best recipes..I’m drooling right now..ha ha ha

4 Susan Smith July 16, 2015 at 10:10 am

I like Sunsweet prunes by itself, I like that they are wrapped so I can just throw a few in my purse for snacking later on.
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5 Julie Wood July 17, 2015 at 5:47 am

I really like the homemade barbecue sauce. I bet it tastes better than the bottle. This is a really yummy recipe. We love Pulled Pork sandwiches. I made a bunch of these sandwiches over the 4th and everyone loved it. I will have to try this recipe! I did not know that they made Sunsweet prunes like this! I need to get some.

6 dpapsis2 July 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

I was surprised to learn our 4 year old likes prunes! Homemade barbecue sauce is fun to make and more tasty too.

7 melinda gail July 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Looks delish

8 Monique July 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

This one, I don’t think I can do. I’m not a fan of pulled pork. My son and husband are.

9 Danielle Gosha July 25, 2015 at 10:35 pm

That actually sounds really good! I never would’ve thought to put prunes in my bbq!

10 angelmom037 July 27, 2015 at 9:16 am

I love making pulled pork and crock-pot meals. They are such a blessing on busy weekdays. I am going to try this one. Thanks!

11 Karen Drake July 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the recipe, it sounds really good. I have never made homemade pulled pork before and I am excited to try it.

12 Lisa Brown September 4, 2015 at 6:33 am

Worcestershire sauce and prunes, love it. I think dried fruit in any dish is delicious. The liquid smoke is a great addition for flavor.

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