Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fun With Pulled Pork

Superbowl Sunday deserves better snacks than just opening a bag of chips and pouring store-bought salsa in a bowl. This day is THE snack day. Jim 'N Nick's wildly successful Taco Tuesday was the inspiration for these home-made snacks and a quick call to the neighborhood Jim 'N Nick's to order a couple of pounds of their slow-smoked pulled pork, some tangy bar-b-q sauce, scratch-made coleslaw and a dozen of their amazing cheese biscuits gets things started. On the way to the Jim 'N Nick's to pick up your to-go order, dash into the grocery store to pick up some tortillas, cheese, cilantro, onions and jalapeno peppers, oh, and some cold beer.

Once home, dice the tomatoes, onions and peppers, mix together with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar and some salt and chopped cilantro to make a quick and fresh salsa. Fill the tortillas with some of the pork, sprinkle on some shredded cheese, top with the coleslaw, drizzle with a little bit of the bar-b-q sauce and then top with a spoonful of your fresh salsa to make amazing pulled pork tacos.

Quesadillas are easy to make by placing a flour tortilla in a skillet set over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the entire surface of the tortilla. On one half of the tortilla, spoon on some of the pulled pork, drizzle a little bar-b-cue sauce over the pork and then top the pork with some of the coleslaw. Cook open-faced until the cheese begins to melt then gently fold the tortilla in half, and continue to cook while pressing down gently to compress the top cheese into the coleslaw and pork filling. Remove from the skillet onto a cutting board and cut the half-moon shape into four triangles. Top each triangle with a little sour cream and some of your fresh salsa.

Another fun and easy game day snack idea is to cut Jim 'N Nick's cheese biscuits in half crossways so that they have a top and a bottom (like a little bun). Put a bit of pulled pork on the bottom half of the biscuit, top that with some coleslaw, drizzle on a little bit of the bar-b-q sauce and cap it off with the biscuit top.

Open some cold beers, set out a tray of your pulled pork snacks and enjoy the game!

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