Pulled-Pork Pancakes with JD Maple Syrup

 As a restaurant frequenter and foodie, I love Vancouver in its entirety because it features some of the BEST restaurants. I think I can safely say that brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day. Don’t you love waking up to a delicious meal on the weekends? Although I’m not a regular customer, one of the most amazing brunch restaurants I’ve visited is The Red Wagon in East Vancouver.

Initially a hidden gem, The Red Wagon only became immensely popular after being spotlighted on Diners, Dives and Drive-ins. On your visits, you can almost always expect a lineup, especially on the weekends. A fellow customer who shared the table with us that day commented that he never used to have problems getting a table right away. It definitely was DDD that brought in the flood of curious customers. I’ll admit that I too, had never even heard of the joint until watching DDD on The Food Network. And after drooling over their featured items in the episode, it didn’t take much more for me to join in the hype!

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The Red Wagon offers a modern twist on diner classics, such as their famous Pulled-Pork Pancakes and Crisp Pork Belly Sandwich. Needless to say, those were the two dishes we ordered on our first visit.

Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniel’s Maple Syrup – $12.50

This was really delicious! I can say it did live up to its hype. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the sweet and salty mash, especially when it was with a hint of JD! Can’t promise it’d be a great cure for the hangovers though. The dish was really rich! I share Guy’s sentiments when he commented that the dish was probably thought of at 4.30am in the morning.

On my visit that day, this seemed like the most popular order. Everyone wanted a taste of these bad boys!


Oh gosh, that pulled-pork was just sooooo good!! The pancakes were also super duper soft and fluffy!! Absolutely loved it!!



Crisp Pork Belly – $11

I liked the Crisp Pork Belly but it wasn’t anything that really stood out to me. Nonetheless still a great dish! 🙂

After my visit, I decided to RECREATE the pulled-pork pancakes at home. So, here’s the recipe to the fluffiest pancakes and all-in-all the most sinful breakfast!

Sammie’s Take On….

Pulled Pork Pancakes with JD Maple Syrup

The Fluffiest Pancakes Ever

makes 5-6 fluffy pancakes. adapted from All Recipes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray


  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and FOLD. Do not overmix. Leave a couple little lumps in the batter so that the pancakes turn out lumpy and super fluffy!
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve!
Super lumpy batter for super fluffy pancakes!

Pulled Pork

adapted from All Recipes

I also included a pork rub mixture in addition to the barbecue sauce to add a little spice to the pulled-pork

  • 1 pound pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 can coke / root beer
  • 1/4 (4 ounce) of your favourite bbq sauce.
  1. Rub the mustard over the pork shoulder and set aside.
  2. Make the pork rub by mixing the salt, brown sugar, pepper and paprika together.
  3. Coat the pork with the rub evenly and set it in a slow-cooker. Let it cook for about 7-8 hours on “auto” .
  4. Using 2 forks, shred the meat and stir in barbecue sauce.
Home-made Pulled Pork Pancakes

Jack Daniel Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Jack Daniel’s
  1. Heat up the maple syrup until it simmers then add JD. Stir and remove from heat.


  • Butter
  1. Sandwich the pulled pork between 3 pancakes.
  2. Pour the JD maple syrup over the pancakes. Place softened butter on top and stick a toothpick in.

Now, I just want you to see how soft and fluffy these pancakes are!!

Take a bite if you dare!


Ta daaaa!!! I hope you guys enjoyed this! Thought it’d be fun to recreate a restaurant dish at home… 😉 Of course, I couldn’t do an exact replica of it but it was still delish! My sister really enjoyed this! I’d have to emphasize though, that the turnout of your pulled-pork will be heavily dependent on the brand of bbq sauce you’re going to be using!


Anyway! Till next time folks! Do visit the Red Wagon if you do pop by Vancity!


30 Comments Add yours

  1. foodjaunts says:

    I’m a huge fan of sweet savory mix – I actually just like my pancakes straight up with butter no syrup, but I can see how when you add in that pulled pork it makes it super delicious.. I haven’t seen that DDD episode. This definitely looks like a 4 am meal!

  2. YUM! My friends keep telling me about this place, but I still haven’t been yet!

  3. Pork pancakes? Awesome.

  4. um, these are crazy brilliant! I literally salivated as I read through your post and the pictures? AH!!!

  5. Kiran says:

    Oh my!! I agree with Squish Monster. This is a crazy brilliant and delicious recipe 😀

  6. Tandy says:

    Sounds delicious, especially the syrup!

  7. I love it when pulled pork is all saucey like yours! You did a gorgeous version of it! 😀

  8. Wow Sammie,
    I would love to dig into this right now. Looks awesome!

  9. I’ll take bourbon in my pancake syrup anyday!!! I’m intrigued by the white vinegar in the fluffy pancakes, too! I also see you’ve made friends with the slow cooker! Looks great, Sammie!!

  10. Liz says:

    What’s not to love about this dish???? Thick fluffy pancakes, Jack Daniels’ syrup and pulled pork!!!! Phenomenal combination!!!

  11. Norma Chang says:

    Agree with Liz, what’s not to like about this dish. Would make a great dinner too.

  12. Alice says:

    hi Sam, i never try pancakes with savoury filling
    your version made me drool!
    thks for sharing 🙂

  13. rsmacaalay says:

    I should try this, I never tried pulled pork on pancakes. That looks amazing

  14. Carolyn Jung says:

    My husband, Meat Boy, would be all over that stack. LOL

  15. I love combining sweet and savory so I am all over this dish. Thanks for recreating this in your kitchen so we can make it in ours. Your pancakes are so fluffy and your pulled pork looks so tender. Delicious! Take care, BAM

  16. Joanne says:

    Wow what a crazy mix of sweet and savory!

  17. Ooh, I love recreating wonderful restaurant meals at home! Your version looks like it turned out absolutely fabulous. DELISH!

  18. Juliana says:

    OMG, I wish I could have my fork in these pancakes…they look great…love the idea of sweet and savory all together in one bite…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe and have a great week 🙂

  19. Oh, i feel so hungry just looking at the picture, wish i can have one right now, yum!

  20. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’d love to go to the Red Wagon – it’s just such a long way from home. I’ve never had pork with pancakes before. I usually don’t mix pancakes with anything more than maple syrup. I can see I’m going to have to become more adventurous xx

  21. Sammie says:

    haha. Thank you!! Yeah, it was really good! When I watched that video I was totally drooling over it. Gotta say the idea was definitely quite unique! 🙂

  22. This is right up there with the fried chicken and waffle dishes, yum! Something about that sweet and savory duo that makes me soooo want to try these. Your photos pushed me to the “must try” category.

  23. I am instantly hungry now! Everything looks so amazingly delicious!!!! YUMMMY!

  24. Everything about this sounds amazing. And, That restaurant sounds awesome. I would LOVE that crispy pork belly. YUM. What a perfect brunch meal.

  25. Lisa says:

    OMG, Sammie…I could have these for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! I LOVE the JD maple syrup..what a melange of flavors, and that luscious pulled pork.., sweet and savory, going on in these bad boy flap jack stacks!

  26. I love pulled pork, but I’ve never had it with pancakes!!!! This is insane, and I would love to have it for breakfast, or dinner, or whenever it is. 😀 Savory + sweet all in one. Now you don’t have to pick either. 😉

  27. Carolyn Jung says:

    A breakfast made in heaven! I’m sure my husband will be salivating over this meaty goodness coupled with fluffy, tender pancakes.

  28. Wow this looks amazing, thanks for sharing this. gonna give this a go.


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