Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw

Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw |
  • Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw
Posted on October 19, 2015

Did you hear that we had a few snow flurries flying around New England this Sunday?

If you’re friends with even just one New Englander on Facebook, you’re probably well aware of this fact. Our pre-mature “snow storm” was a hot topic of conversation on social media. Because New Englanders love to talk about the weather. Which consequently, I’m making a very strong case for here as well. We just can’t seem to help ourselves.

We also really like to obsess about the state of Tom Brady’s balls. But I refuse to play into those conversations. Seriously. I just don’t care. Sorry/not sorry.

Anyway, let’s talk about something more upbeat than snow and deflated balls. Let’s discuss squash. I know I’ve said many times how much I adore all varieties of squash. So I apologize if I’m starting to sound a bit like a broken record. But my love for squash knows no boundaries. And now, I’ve even turned it into my new favorite sandwich topping.

Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw |

I wasn’t sure if putting roasted squash on a pulled pork sandwich would be weird or awesome, but one bite was all I needed to convince myself that it was a pretty genius idea. And just in case I was wrong, I took a few more bites to make sure. I’m just trying to be very thorough here. #itsatoughjob

The softness of the roasted delicata squash provides a really great contrast in texture to the pulled pork and coleslaw. And the sweet, nutty flavors pair perfectly with the little bit of heat and smoke coming from the barbecue sauce. I know after just one taste of my Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw, you’ll be totally hooked. And next thing you know, you’ll be putting squash on ALL THE THINGS!



Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw

Yield: Makes 6-8 sandwiches

Shredded Pomegranate-Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Roasted Squash and Coleslaw


  • For the Pork
  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs bone-less pork roast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke

  • For the Squash
  • 1 delicata squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Coleslaw
  • About 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 3 cups shredded coleslaw mix

  • For Serving
  • 6-8 Kaiser or Brioche buns


  1. Cook the pork. Place the pork in the insert of your slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, stir together the chili sauce, pomegranate juice, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Pour this sauce over the pork. Place the lid on your slow cooker. Cook on high for about 6 hours, or on low for about 10 hours. The pork is done when the meat is extremely tender and falls apart easily.
  2. Once the pork is cooked, use two forks to shred it into pieces. I do this right in the insert of my slow cooker. Allow the shredded pork to rest in the accumulated juices from the slow cooker for about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, roast the squash. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Cut the delicata squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard the seeds. Trim off and discard any woody ends. Cut the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices. Toss the sliced squash with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the squash out onto a large rimmed baking sheet and transfer it to your pre-heated oven. Roast for 10 minutes. Then using a pair of tongs, flip the squash pieces over. Return them to the oven and continue roasting for another 12-15 minutes, or until the squash is tender and starting to brown in places. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Make the coleslaw. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and celery seeds. Add the coleslaw and toss to combine.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches. Warm or toast the buns, if desired. Then place a few tablespoons of coleslaw on the bottom half of each bun. Top with some of the pulled pork and a few slices of the roasted squash. Top with the remaining half of the bun. Serve immediately.


  • Snow flurries?! Yuck! It flurried here last Halloween, so I’m hoping it’ll stay away this year. These sandwich looks gorgeous, Liz! I love the pomegranate and bbq combo. So creative!


    • It’s true. And I’m not happy about it. I’m not ready for snow yet!

  • I steer clear of the deflated ball convo too, mostly because I don’t pay enough attention in life to know what all the hubbub is about, ha! These sammies are rocking my world! Pomegranate bbq pork?! Yuuuhssssuuuuuh! And bring on that coleslaw and squash!


    • Yeah, this one is right up your alley! 🙂

  • SNOW ALREADY? GAH! I would die.
    It’s raining here. SURPRISE!
    In other news. squash on a sandwich? I AM IN LOVE.


    • I did die a little inside. Ugh! I’m going to drown my sorrows in squash.

  • Hahahahaha. I’m still laughing at Tom Brady’s deflated balls. Then again, I am on like 4 different cold medicines so I’m kinda a wack job right now. I DID hear about your snow flurries, because it was 32 degrees here Sunday morning, so I wondered about what the heck could possibly be going on up in your area. Thank you google for keeping me informed and allowing me to be a stalker. 🙂 Anyways, enough balls and stalking. These sammies are all sorts of OMGeeeee Gimme, Liz. I LOVE the addition of the roasted squash – totally genius and now I will be wanting to throw roasted squash on top off all the things! This is Fall Sandwich PERFECTION! Pinned!!!! Xo (p.s I’m still laughing). 😉


    • If I can make you laugh than I’ve done my job!! You are too cute. Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • I can’t even with the snow…..I can with this sandwich. OBSESSED with putting squash on it!!!


    • Thanks Nicole! I know you’ll love it!

  • Wow Liz, this looks like a killer of a pulled pork sandwich! I love the roasted squash! Awesome fall idea!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann. I’m pretty smitten myself!

  • I couldn’t believe when I saw a few friends posting about the snow flurries on facebook! Then again, it got pretty darn cold by us and we’re way down south! These sandwiches!! My goodness they sound delicious!!


    • I know. It’s WAY too early for snow! I hope you try out the sandwiches. I know you’ll love them!

  • This is a crazy unique way to use squash. I absolutely love everything about this scrumptious sammie.


    • Aww…thanks, luv!

  • In my opinion, Tom Brady deflated his balls…or had somebody else do it! That sounds bad either way. 🙂 I LOVE that you piled roasted delicata onto your pulled pork sandwich — awesome idea! With the pomegranate juice too, these are just blowing my mind!


    • Ha ha ha! You made me laugh, Marcie! Love it! So glad you love the sandwich. I hope you try it out!

  • Liz, I’m all for focusing on the food, rather than on deflated balls too! 🙂 oh my gawd, I love that you put squash in this shredded pomegranate barbecue pork sandwich!!! oh my gawd, I want one!!! love me some squash .. this is seriously a great idea! love this!


    • You crack me up, Alice! I know you’ll just love this sandwich. I hope you give it a try!

  • You evil thing!! It’s not like you needed to convince me to squash it all. Love the flavors of this sandwich.


    • So you’re saying I don’t need to twist your arm? 🙂

  • I love that you put squash on a pulled pork sandwich! That totally makes sense to me. And pomegranate! I’m swooning over all the fabulous seasonal flavors here. Stay warm, girlfriend!


    • Thanks, luv! XO

  • We had a few white things falling from the sky this past weekend, too but thankfully, didn’t stick on the ground at all (yet!). Love this sandwich! Pulled pork is one of my favourites and love your spin on it 🙂


    • Thanks, Jennifer! Hoping that no snow “sticks” for at least another month!

  • Love the fall flavours in these sandwiches!


    • Thanks so much, Kevin!

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