Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls

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A Southern classic combined with an Asian favorite makes this delightful mash-up. Homemade Pulled Pork (in a tangy barbecue sauce!) is made in the slow cooker, then creamy coleslaw, made with yogurt instead of mayo, is tossed together. Roll the pulled pork and coleslaw into eggroll wrappers, fry, then serve with the creamy coleslaw dipping sauce. Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls are a tasty appetizer to enjoy at a sports watching party!

Pulled Pork Coleslaw eggrolls on white serving platter

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When I was a kid, I lived with my head in the clouds. I was (and still am) a huge dreamer.

So every two years when the games rolled around? I dreamt of competing for my country.

I desperately wanted to be a gymnast after watching the U.S. women in the ’92 games. When we arrived at the gymnastics gym, I was told with no uncertainty that I was too tall.

I was in the second grade at the time, and I don’t recall being a giant… but apparently, they knew I’d grow up to be the 5’7″ Amazon I am today.

Excuse me while I laugh a little. You can, too.

Bowl of pulled pork along side packages of ingredients

Their naysaying didn’t kill the dream, though. While I never took gymnastics lessons, I played every sport I could. Basketball? Softball? Soccer? Track and field? Swimming? Volleyball? You name it, I probably played it.

My gymnastics dream was never realized, obviously, but whenever my parents, sister and I visited our family in Pennsylvania, we held gymnastics competitions in their backyard.

My sister, cousins and I practiced our beam routines, complete with a rope swing, which obviously made it way cooler, and our floor/dance routines.

Floor/dance was my weak point, as I still have no real grace when it comes to being on my feet. But the balance beam that my uncle built in their backyard with the rope swing? I was so good at it. We all were. And I recently stumbled upon a photo from that time and smiled at the sweet memories of cousinly competition.

Step by step pictures putting together pulled pork eggrolls

I obviously never made it to the summer or winter games, though I’ve continued pursuing athletic goals my entire life. Hell, I still do, even though I prefer competing against myself these days. That’s probably for the best… even though I watch the beach volleyball players and am transported back to my years playing that sport and wonder… 😉

And every two years, I’m riveted as the games play on my TV. I adore watching the competition and learning about the athletes and how they arrived in their sport. I love the rich and oftentimes surprising backstories, the comeback tales, and watching records be shattered.

And I’m really excited for Opening Ceremonies to start this year’s games tomorrow.

Cut in half eggroll on white platter

I was approached by the folks at Sprouts Farmers Market, who asked if I’d like to be a part of a collaboration with them and other bloggers.

The idea? Make a delicious appetizer or side dish to enjoy during the Opening Ceremonies and throughout the entirety of the games. Every dish should represent a country competing, and we were asked to choose what country we’d like to cook on behalf of.

I, of course, chose the U-S-A.

Overhead view of eggrolls on serving dish with sauce

When I started thinking about what American dish I could make as an appetizer, I realized one of the many things I love about this country is that it’s a melting pot. Many of us come from different cultural backgrounds. We all don’t look the same. But we all bring something different to the table. We’re Americans.

So instead of choosing a quintessential ‘American’ recipe, I wanted to combine two of my favorite cuisines into an all-American appetizer.

And that appetizer is Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls.

Hand dipping Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggroll into sauce

I’m a Tennessee girl, born and raised. When I think about the ultimate Southern comfort food, I think about Memphis-style barbecue. Specifically, pulled pork and creamy coleslaw. Together.

When I think about another cuisine I love just as much as Southern, my brain immediately goes to Asian food and flavors. I can’t choose a favorite, though, because it’s all so tasty.

So I combined Pulled Pork and Creamy Coleslaw with a traditional eggroll. When we lived in Nashville, one of my sweet friends, originally from Laos, taught me how to make eggrolls one weekend. They were beyond delicious, and I wish we all still lived in the same place because Sam’s eggrolls and wontons and papaya salad are all so delicious.

I hope this rendition of her eggroll does Sam proud, even if my rolling skills aren’t as good and my eggroll filling is a little bit different than hers. That said, cabbage and pork are two of her ingredients, so I’m not that far off. 😉

Platter of pulled pork coleslaw eggrolls with bowl of dipping sauce

This appetizer takes some time and foresight to put together, so I suggest making the pulled pork a day in advance. If not, i suggest giving yourself plenty of time the day of to get everything together.

It’s well worth the trouble, though.

And I have no doubt that these Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls will be devoured as we watch the Opening Ceremony tomorrow evening.

Hand dips Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls in bowl of dipping sauce

Tips and Tricks for the BEST Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls

  • Please be aware that rolling eggrolls is going to be time-consuming. What I like to do is set everything out in front of me–with the correct measuring scoops–before rolling the eggrolls. If you have helpers, give everyone a specific task (so someone is scooping in the pork, someone does the coleslaw, someone else rolls them, then someone else mans the fryer.) If you’re flying solo, roll out ALL the eggrolls and place on a large sheet pan before frying in batches. Be prepared for this to take longer than expected.
  • I fried my eggrolls in vegetable oil, but feel free to do yours in another unflavored oil if you have it on hand.
  • Make-ahead tip: Cook your pork a day ahead and make the coleslaw sauce/dipping sauce, too, and refrigerate both overnight. The day of, all you have to do is throw together the coleslaw, then roll out the eggrolls and fry them.

Essential Tools for Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls

Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls on platter and dipped in sauce

Other Dishes I’d Serve at a Viewing Party with these Eggrolls

Here’s how you can make them for your at-home view party, too!

Hand dipping Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggroll into sauce
Yield: 16 eggrolls

Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours

A Southern classic combined with an Asian favorite makes this delightful mash-up. Homemade Pulled Pork (in a tangy barbecue sauce!) is made in the slow cooker, then creamy coleslaw, made with yogurt instead of mayo, is tossed together. Roll the pulled pork and coleslaw into eggroll wrappers, fry, then serve with the creamy coleslaw dipping sauce. Pulled Pork Coleslaw Eggrolls are a tasty appetizer to enjoy at a sports watching party!

Ingredients

Pulled Pork

  • 2 ½ lb. pork shoulder roast, boneless
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue dry rub

Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup cooking liquid from slow cooker (make sure to skim the fat off the top!)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon barbecue dry rub

Coleslaw

  • 16 oz. Tri-Color Coleslaw

Coleslaw Sauce (Half will be poured and mixed into coleslaw, the other half will be used as a dipping sauce)

  • 2/3 cup whole fat yogurt
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Eggrolls

  • Pulled pork in its barbecue sauce
  • Prepared Coleslaw
  • 16 eggroll wrappers
  • 1 egg, whisked to create an egg wash
  • Coleslaw Sauce for dipping

Instructions

Prepare the Pulled Pork

  1. Place the boneless pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Season with the barbecue dry rub.
  2. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, or until the pork is fork tender and falling apart.
  3. Remove the pork from the slow cooker.
  4. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker into a glass measuring cup. Skim the fat off the top. Reserve for later.
  5. In the slow cooker, add the ketchup, reserved cooking liquid, apple cider vinegar, honey, Worcestershire, soy sauce, hot sauce, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and barbecue seasoning. Stir until combined.
  6. Shred the pork, removing the fat from the meat. Throw away the fat, and place the pulled meat into the slow cooker with the barbecue sauce.
  7. Cook the pork in the barbecue sauce for an additional hour.
  8. Continue to the next steps immediately, or store overnight in the refrigerator.

Prepare the Coleslaw Sauce

  1. In a glass bowl, combine the yogurt, jalapeño, honey, white vinegar, celery seed, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour half into a serving dish to become the dipping sauce.

Prepare the Coleslaw

  1. Place the 16 oz. Sprouts Tri-Color Coleslaw into a large glass bowl.
  2. Pour half of the coleslaw sauce over the cabbage mixture.
  3. Toss until combined.
  4. Set aside to immediately make the egg rolls.

Make the Eggrolls

  1. Start with a clean, flat surface. Set a wrapper down and arrange it to where it looks like a diamond (as opposed to a square.) In the corner closest to you, add about 1/4 cup of pulled pork. Spread it evenly on the half of the wrapper closest to you. Top the pulled pork with coleslaw, spreading evenly over the meat and patting flat. Paint the corners that are not touching the pork and coleslaw with the egg wash.
  2. To roll the eggrolls: Lift the corner closest to you and roll away from you, tucking in the corners as you roll. Once you have rolled half of the wrapper, fold in the right side toward the center, then do the same with the left side. Finish rolling, and place seam-side down on a clean plate. Make sure you roll them tightly!
  3. Repeat this process until all the eggrolls have been made.

Fry the Eggrolls

  1. Fill a heavy-bottomed pot (like a Dutch oven) with 3-4” of cooking oil. Heat the oil to 350°F.
  2. Gently place the eggrolls to the hot oil, frying no more than 2 or 3 at a time. Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil as you fry, too. You don’t want it to get too hot or too cool, and the temperature can go down if the pot is crowded.
  3. Fry until the eggrolls are golden brown on all sides. This should take 2-3 minutes tops. When the eggrolls are golden brown, remove from the oil with the spider strainer and place on paper towels to drain and cool.

Serve the cooked eggrolls with the coleslaw dipping sauce, and enjoy!

    Notes

    Please note the total time is a combination of the cook time for the pork in the slow cooker, as well as the fry time for the eggrolls. The eggrolls will only fry for 2-3 minutes, so please keep your eyes on them closely.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    16 eggrolls

    Serving Size:

    1 eggroll

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 844mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 24g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    8 Comments

    1. Aw man… what an Amazon! Though compared to the gymnasts that make it, you probably are a full head above them! We love smoking a whole pork butt no matter the size of the crowd we are having because the reworked leftovers are some of our favorite dinners. I’ve never dne eggrolls with it before though. They look delicious!

    2. Holy, moly, Girl, these are awesome! You make them look soooo easy! My daughter is currently in gymnastics but who knows, maybe she will be a “giant,” too 😉

    3. I would have loved to have made it as a swimmer! But, I wasn’t tall enough to make a big impact as I got older! But, I LOVE the idea of these pulled pork egg rolls!

    4. Oh my goodness, I wanted to be a gymnast too! My hopes and dreams were crushed when I did a gymnastics camp and towered over every other seven year old there. 🙂 These egg rolls look amazing, by the way! Love pulled pork in anything!

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