Cuban Sandwich Sliders with Beer Pickled Peppers and Onions
Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve made sandwiches for a crowd? Yes, yes you do. Of course you do! Because you’re a human, with eyes, who has also been a party to the past 18 months of existence in this crazy world. We are now entering the "it’s possible that we will have the need for food to feed a crowd" phase of this post-apocalyptic world. Which is certainly something to celebrate.
You can make pulled pork just for this sandwich, but you can also intentionally make too much next time you pull pork as an excuse to make these, which is how they came into my life. I was making tacos, as you do, and decided that I would just make as much as I could possibly manage to fit into one pot. It happens.
I did decide that pulled pork must absolutely be made in giant batches and is unequivocally the best leftover food on the planet. Sorry Thanksgiving, but you are now second in my leftovers book, but you have pie so you’re still the overall winner.
Recipe for Beer-Braised Pulled Pork
Cuban Sandwiches with Beer Pickled Peppers and Onions
For the peppers:
- 12 oz of IPA beer
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 2 Tbs salt
- 1 Tbs black peppercorns
- 4-6 sprigs fresh dill
- 1 lbs small sweet peppers, sliced
- 1 red onion sliced
For the sandwiches
- 12 dinner rolls sliced into buns
- ¼ cup brown mustard
- 1 lbs. sliced ham
- 1 lbs. pulled pork
- 4-6 slices swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- In a pot over medium-high heat add the beer, vinegar, sugar, salt and peppercorns. Bring to a simmer, stirring just until the sugar and salt dissolve, remove from heat.
- Add the peppers to an airtight container, add a few sprigs of dill.
- Add the onions to a separate container, add a few sprigs of dill.
- Pour the cooled brine over the onions and the peppers, making sure all vegetables are submerged.
- Chill for at least 24 hours prior to using.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Add the bottom portion of the buns into a baking dish. Spread with mustard.
- Top in an even layer with ham, pulled pork, peppers, onions, then cheese.
- Place the top on the buns, brush with melted butter.
- Place another baking dish on top of the buns, press down firmly. Keeping the second pan on top of the buns, place the entire thing in the oven.
- Bake until the cheese has melted, about 12-15 minutes.