By Carl Hanson

We love traditional pulled pork sandwiches. Maybe top 'em with a little coleslaw and some BBQ sauce -- YUM! But every once in a while, we want to pull our pork in a slightly different direction. Here are a lucky 13 ways to go!

"Carnitas, avocado, and cheese are layered between thick slices of bread and grilled with more cheese on the outside of the bread in this ultimate Tex-Mex grilled cheese," says Julie Hubert.

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"There's nothing like a juicy pulled pork sandwich, especially one inspired by a famous taco," says Chef John. "If you simply season aggressively and cook the meat over smoky coals up to a certain temp, you'll be rewarded with tender, moist, and very flavorful meat. Slather it with the grilled pineapple salsa for the full 'al pastor' experience."

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Beer plus bourbon equals the boilermaker of pulled pork sandwiches. It's spicy, smoky, and sweet, all at once.

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Swap out tortilla chips for tater tots and top with pulled pork, pepperjack cheese, pickled peppers, and barbecue sauce. "A mashup of the BBQ pork nachos that are on so many menus in Memphis and the South-of-the-Border influenced Totchos that have blown up," says Leslie Kelly. "Serve with extra barbeque sauce for dipping."

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These pulled pork sandwiches combine the best of Southern cooking with the flavors of Italy. Tender pork is combined with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and pesto sauce for filling sandwiches hearty enough for your biggest eaters.

Here's pulled pork pizza with pickle slices and lots of mozzarella! "A very easy way to make a delicious BBQ pork pizza in minutes!" says HARTMR.

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"Milk braising beforehand seems to give the meat a little extra succulence," says Chef John. "The subtle sweetness from the orange is also very nice."

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"Here's how I build a Cuban, or Cubano, sandwich," says Chef John. "I like to use pulled pork. Carnitas would work too. These ingredients and amounts are open to your own personal preferences, but here's the general idea."

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"For a spicy kick, mix 1 part Frank's RedHot Buffalo sauce and 1 part of your favorite mustard-based BBQ sauce," says Emily.

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"This new American classic-part Chinese pork bun, part corn dog-looked good, tasted great, and felt oh-so-right in my hand," says Chef John. "Not only did the warm muffin feel good, but also I was eating cornbread with barbecue pork and my fingers were absolutely spotless!"

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In this recipe, boneless pork ribs jump into the slow cooker with pork shoulder roast and simmer slowly with Montreal-style steak sauce and other seasonings.

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Here's how they do it in the Land of Enchantment. This recipe turns your savory pulled pork into a hearty stew featuring Hatch chile peppers, potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes.

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Pulled pork meets lasagna! "I smoke a 6-10 pound Boston butt ahead of time," says cullinanpat, "slicing off some for a dinner and then pulling the rest for pulled pork sandwiches and of course Barbecue Lasagna."

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