We love pulled pork, so we tend to incorporate it (somehow) into every event we cater. And while we’re on the topic of confessions, let’s just be open about it and lay it all out? Pork is cheap, which means we could buy the organic grain fed product without “cry me a rivering.” That’s one. Secondly, pulled pork really doesn’t require much skill to pull off (pun intended) – all you need to do is season it with your favorite dry rub, give it a quick sear & then blast in the oven covered with aluminum (and braising liquid) until it turns into shreddable goodness. Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I took the easy way out, once again. Sorry.
After handling the pork, we move onto choosing a base. I like to use ciabatta because it’s light, neutral and provides a good chew – necessary when serving pulled pork sandwiches. Toast the bread, then cut it, and lightly brush with garlic/lemon butter. The slaw consists of napa cabbage, purple cabbage, cilantro and a mayo-less Red-White-Blue style vinaigrette. For this one, we kept it simple – olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, pepper, paprika.
Put that all together, and serve with a cocktail napkin so they can stay classy while munching on some good old pulled piggy.
Recipe and photo provided by Hovel Mouradyan of Kitchen12000.