Grilled Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Carl got his wisdom tooth pulled last week and due to the emergency nature and impaction, he had to be sedated.  I didn’t tell you about this sooner because, quite frankly, I was recovering from the trauma.

Have you ever been around someone you love who’s been medically sedated?  Someone who is a foot taller and a hundred pounds heavier than you, and who gets really obstinate under sedation?

Yeah, it’s not fun.

He’s had this done once before, so at least this time I was a little prepared when he grabbed the infant in the car seat from me and insisted “he had it” and proceeded to wave it in the general direction of where it was supposed to go in the van while I cringed and tried to guide it from the other side.  But this time they wanted to wheel him out in a wheelchair, out a secret back door so as not to scare waiting patients, and he was having none of it.

Dr: Ok, we’ll just wheel you out now.

Carl: (standing up from the wheelchair they somehow got him in before I was called back) No no, I’m fine to walk.

Dr: Well, we like to wheel people out to be safe. Are you sure?

Me: Just let them wheel you out, it’ll just be easier.

Carl: No really, I’m fine. I feel fine.

Dr: Nah, just sit down, we’ll just wheel you out.  It’s like you’ve just had 20 margaritas in half an hour.

Me: Yeah, don’t worry about it, just sit down.

Carl (to me): What, YOU GONNA MAKE ME? I said I’M FINE.

Me: Uh – umm – yes? Maybe? Maybe I will make you?

Doctor?  CAN we make him? Please?  Surely I’m not the only one who notices his serious list to the left?  Oh wait, right.  Nope, nope, he’s leaning to the left again.

Thankfully, after several more back and forths, he agreed to sit back down and I breathed a huge sigh of relief, since last time he had this done they just sent us down the elevator with the caution to me that “if he starts falling, just make sure you catch him and support him”.  Um yes, I will be certain to cushion his fall with my body and that of my 2 month old baby.  Do you charge extra for these tips?


I need to get my wisdom teeth done later this year and am not looking forward to it.  I absolutely hate the idea of being completely out of control, not remembering several hours of my life, and waking up to a lot of pain.  Carl is sure it will be endlessly entertaining for him to see me like that, but I think he underestimates how disconcerting it is to be sent home with someone who doesn’t even seem like the same person you came with.

In preparation for my turn, I think I need to do a lot of eating, since a pudding, jello, and yogurt diet makes me gag just thinking about it.  Which brings me to sandwiches!

Obviously, right? :)

This sandwich is so easy to whip up when you have leftover pulled pork – I like to cook a large portion in my slow cooker, shred it all, mix it with barbecue sauce, and freeze it in smaller portions for easy use in recipes like this, or Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie, or Pulled Pork Enchiladas.

This savoury sandwich is perfect with tomato soup or a salad, or as a meal all on its own.  Packed with flavour from the barbecue sauce and onions, gooey with melty cheese, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside…when it comes to lunch, few things beat grilled sandwiches, in my estimation. My husband agrees, when he’s not heavily sedated.

Enjoy :)

Total time
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 3
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 - 1½ cups cooked pulled pork, mixed with BBQ sauce to desired sauciness
  • 6 - 8 slices bread
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  1. Sauté onion in pan over medium-low heat with brown sugar and 1 Tbsp butter until soft and translucent, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Toss pulled pork with BBQ sauce. Add to onion for last couple minutes of cooking to heat through.
  3. Meanwhile, grate cheese and butter bread slices on one side.
  4. Top 3 or 4 slices of bread evenly (on unbuttered side) with pulled pork and cheddar cheese. Top with remaining bread and cook in same pan you used to cook onions, over medium-high heat, until golden brown on each side (3-4 minutes per side).
  5. Serve warm.
These are also good with bacon bits added, or roasted peppers.




  1. says

    ah yes, the carnival of wisdom teeth extraction. Always entertaining. I had all four removed when I was 18 and my mom had the audacity to make tiramisu (for the first and only time. Ever)…I could barely open my mouth wide enough for a straw to fit through. Don’t worry though, the process itself is not that bad. Root canals are much more unpleasant.

    Yummy sandwich too! It looks messy and perfectly scrumptious.

  2. says

    My mom was a nurse and she always said there was only two reactions guys had to coming out of sedation: Angry, or sexy. SO funny, my brother in law came our of his wisdom tooth extraction swinging (literally, almost punched a girl) and my husband was hitting on hygienists. SO funny! Oh, and I’ll take a pulled pork grilled cheese every day of the week.

  3. says

    Yikes! My experience under sedation for wisdom teeth removal (and several surgeries since) was not quite so… entertaining. Though I did have some nonsense to babble and I was high as a kite. Pain pills ensured I felt nothing when the sedation wore off.

    Pulled pork…Yum! I have made it in the crockpot before, but for some reason I never thought to freeze any of it after. Good idea!

  4. says

    oh geez…that sounds very entertaining. I had mine out when I was 19, and then I worked two 14 hour days in a row.. The things we do for money in university.

    I would like to hear more about the pulled pork shepherds pie as well.

    • says

      That’s crazy! But you’re right – last time Carl got one out we were starving students and he couldn’t afford any time off :) I’ll have to take a picture next time I make that shepherd’s pie so I can share it!

  5. Katy says

    Hahaha. I’m sorry but imagining this is seriously hilarious. Thankfully Anthony is quite cautious when on drugs etc. because I undoubtedly would not be able to catch him. I keep saying to him that if he keeps hopping around instead of using crutches and he falls I will be unable to do anything.

  6. Kim says

    I think if you get unruly after sedation, Carl will be better able to manage it than the other way around. He can just pick you up and carry you to the car. The sandwiches looks great. I shall have to do this next time I have leftover pulled pork. I also really like it (and I may have gotten this idea from you) put in a dish with mashed potatoes on top and heated for pulled pork shepherd’s pie. Yummy :)

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