Chicken BBQ Sandwich
- Pulled Pork and Carolina Sauce:
- 3 pounds bone-out Boston butt
- 1 tablespoon Cajun spice
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cups medium-dice mixed carrots, celery and onions
- 2 bay leaves
- Chicken stock, for covering pork
- 1/3 cup stone-ground mustard
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce of choice
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Six 4-ounce chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- Six 4 1/2-inch brioche buns, halved and warmed
- 2 cups prepared coleslaw
For the pulled pork and Carolina sauce: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Sprinkle the Boston butt with the Cajun spice, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and put in a deep roasting pan. Add the diced vegetables and bay leaves, and then cover with chicken stock. Wrap with plastic wrap and tightly cover with foil. Roast until tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Remove the pork from the stock and let cool. Remove the fat from the stock and measure out 1 cup of the stock and cooked vegetable mixture. Let cool slightly, and then put in a blender. Add the mustard, hot sauce, white balsamic, brown sugar, cumin, paprika and some salt and pepper and puree until smooth. Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Shred the pork with two forks and measure out 2 cups for the sandwiches. Put the pork in a pan and toss with 1/2 cup of the sauce. (Reserve the remaining pulled pork and sauce for another use.) Warm the mixture over medium heat, stirring and tossing, until hot. Lower the heat and keep warm.
For the chicken: Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper. In a large pan over high heat, add the oil. Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
To assemble the sandwiches: Stack the bottom brioche buns with the chicken, sauced pork and coleslaw, and then finish with the top buns.
Blending Hot Liquids: When blending hot liquids, remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid; that prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times, then process on high speed until smooth.
Recipe courtesy Robert Irvine's Eat! and Robert Irvine's Nosh