Solar Cooking: BBQ Pork Sandwiches

by Texas Homesteader ~ 
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I love my solar oven and I use it often, both in the summer and winter seasons. I love BBQ pork sandwiches in the summertime. Today seems like the perfect day to indulge!

I use my solar oven often especially when it's hot outside. It keeps cooking heat outside where it belongs! Today I'm cooking BBQ pork. #TexasHomesteader

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The weatherman forecasts yet more triple digit temperatures all week for our part of Northeast Texas. So I’ll be cooking outside whenever possible to keep that cooking heat outside and not in my kitchen.

As with all my cooking endeavors, I use a base recipe and just eyeball most of the ingredients. Substitutions are the norm for me.  LOL. 

Preparing The Meat

I pulled out two packets of ground pork from the wild hogs hunted and harvested by RancherMan earlier this year. These packages from the processor weigh about 1 lb each, give or take.

I crumbled the meat into the black enameled covered pan that came with my *solar oven. Using the solar oven to cook our food in the hot summer months keeps cooking heat OUTSIDE where it belongs!

*About My Solar Oven: For those of you asking, I have a Sun Oven brand solar oven and I LOVE IT!  If you’ve been waiting to get a solar oven of your own – now’s the time!

Anyway, now that the meat is crumbled I poured in about 1/2 cup of strong coffee. WHAT??!! Yep, that’s right – coffee. To me it just adds a nice rich flavor to my BBQ. Then I added a few generous shakes of Worcestershire sauce and a splash of Claude’s Pork Marinade. 

I seasoned the meat with a sprinkle of chili powder and threw in a couple of whole cloves of garlic and some dehydrated onions from our garden.

Now this wild hog meat is pretty lean. What little fat will get cooked from it is pretty liquid even when chilled. There’s no thick unhealthy fat with this lean pork! 

So I’ll allow some of the juices to rehydrate the onions, adding a little extra flavor to our BBQ pork meat.

Solar Cooking Ease

Then I placed the covered black enameled pan in my solar oven around 2:30 in the afternoon and pointed the reflectors toward the sun.

I adjusted the oven about every hour or so to track the sun & keep the temps around 300 – 325 degrees.

Solar oven used to cook bbq for sandwiches. #TexasHomesteader


Now I let the meat cook until around 5 o’clock. Cook time in a solar oven depends upon how often you move the oven to track the sun, whether or not there is cloud cover partially obscuring the sun, etc.

My BBQ pork meat was fully cooked in about 2 – 2.5 hours.

I use my solar oven often especially when it's hot outside. It keeps cooking heat outside where it belongs! Today I'm cooking BBQ pork. #TexasHomesteader

I brought the pan inside, drained what little fat was present and took the garlic cloves & sent them through the garlic press and stirred them back into the cooked pork.

Now I add some Homemade BBQ Sauce and bring out some soft hamburger buns.

Honey Sweetened smoky homemade BBQ sauce. #TexasHomesteader

A healthy dollop on the bun and a few freshly-sliced onion rings and some zesty jalapeno slices from the garden and we’re good to go.


I love solar cooking!


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11 thoughts on “Solar Cooking: BBQ Pork Sandwiches

  1. Charlotte Burkholder

    I’ve never used one , it would be neat to see! I bought my husband a Dutch oven last year, haven’t used it much yet but the time we did the food was delicious. Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again! Remember to leave your host a comment to increase the chance of being featured.

  2. Michelle

    Really cool!
    If we didn’t have so many darn bugs right now I’d be all over this!

  3. Julia

    How neat to see this in action! We melted some chocolate without an actual oven this summer. My daughter had fun with it!

  4. Vickie

    Solar cooking – what’s not to love? It keeps the kitchen cool and doesn’t cost money to use! Just make sure you bring it in every evening or the neighborhood dogs (or in my case bears) might sniff it out and want to investigate! Hahaha!

  5. Mel

    That’s amazing, I’m in Australia and our weather is in triple digits for many months of the year I really need to look into one. I hate cooking inside and the house being so unbearable. We do a lot of bbqing but this looks like a great alternative

  6. Rachael

    That’s crazy! I’ve used solar ovens in girl scout camp, but not for something of this size and scale. I want one now…

  7. Candy C.

    Solar oven cooking is pretty popular around here, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to heat up the house. I really should get one…

  8. Elise

    I love the idea of a solar oven but I didn’t know they would cook at such high temperatures. Now I’m gonna have to seriously look in to this!

    P.s. Your barbecue sandwiches look delicious!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Elise, I was really surprised since I got mine in November that it really doesn’t’ much matter how hot or cold it is outside, the solar oven will heat up beautifully. The first bread I made in it was made on a chilly winter’s day! ~TxH~


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