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BBQ Pork Panini

Once a year, or so, I go on a big trip.

BBQ Pork Panini

By big I mean international or at least cross-country.  This year my trip is to England to see my best friend and her family.  I tend to need a lot of preparation for international trips, which means I do not have a lot of time for baking and cooking complicated meals.  That does not mean I want to eat fast-food or junk.   What I do is think of fast meals that I can have ready in minutes with ingredients I have in the freezer, or that I can purchase ready prepared.

BBQ Pork Panini Now, if you know me then you know I love all things pig, particularly if it is pork ribs or shoulder that have been smoked.  Furthermore, it should come as no surprise that I keep a little stash of frozen smoked pork in case of emergency.  (And, yes, there are emergencies where smoked pork is the solution.)  For this recipe I used shredded pork rib meat and used it in the most delectable, and easy, panini.  You will note in this recipe I use mayonnaise rather than butter on the outside of the bread.  I did this for two reasons.  First, I detest mayonnaise inside most pressed sandwiches because it makes them soggy.  Second, mayonnaise helps brown the outside of the sandwich and it adds a lot of flavor.  If you are wary of this trick you can use butter, but consider trying it.  It is delicious.

BBQ Pork Panini    Serves 2

1 cup shredded BBQ pork, ribs or shoulder preferred
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
4 slices sourdough bread, cut 1/2-inch thick
4 ounces (of 4 average slices) sliced sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons mayonnaise

In a small saucepan over medium heat add the shredded pork, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce.  Heat until the meat is steamy hot and evenly coated in sauce.  Set aside to cool slightly.

Heat a panini press, or a large skillet, to medium heat.

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On two slices of the bread evenly divide half the cheese slices.  Top each with the pork, then the remaining cheese.  Top with the bread.  Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the outside of the bread then place into the heated panini press.  If using a skillet use a second sillet, with a heavy can, to press the sandwich.  Cook until golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 5 minutes.

Cool for three minutes before eating.

BBQ Pork Panini

Enjoy!BBQ Pork Panini

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18 Responses to “BBQ Pork Panini”

  1. This looks amazing, and I swear you read my mind, because this is on my list to make as an option for dinner this weekend and now I don’t have to search for a recipe!

  2. at first i thought that was a waffle sandwich with pulled pork and i almost started freaking out…even more so now that i know it’s a panini!

  3. At first I wss like, “Oooh bbq pannini!” but now I’m thinking about Heather’s idea of a waffle sandwich with bbq.

  4. Very cool! I have cooked a lot of paninis but I have never thought of making them into a BBQ sandwich. I will have to give this a try.

  5. What a great idea to use mayo instead of butter. This is definitely my kind of panini. We speak the same language!

  6. RavieNomNoms says:

    YUM! I love pork and to put it in a panini? Delicious

  7. Parsley Sage says:

    Oh man. I just food perved all over your page! This panini looks outstanding. And very neat trick with the mayo! I’ll have to try that next time :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. You know I’m on board with this one! I just posted a version of the Grilled Cheese Truck’s Cheesy Mac & Rib sandwich, with BBQ pork, mac & cheese, caramelized onions and sharp cheddar. It’s a beast, but a tasty one. :-)

  9. I love paninis, they are my go to dinner for busy nights. This one looks fantastic, I will have to make this :)

  10. Miss says:

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait until I pick up my pork from the butcher next week, this will be first on my list!

  11. Tiffany says:

    I’m not a big mayo fan either, but you are right, it works wonders on a grilled sandwich! This Panini looks amazing!

  12. Christina says:

    This looks so good! I would make it with butter instead of mayo because I don’t like mayo, but I totally get why you used it for browning!

  13. This is just obnoxiously delicious looking.

  14. I have a daily emergency that can be solved with smoked pork. Good idea!

  15. Anything with pork in it you know is going to be good. If you add bread even better!

  16. Memoria says:

    Your panino looks amazing!! I love panini; I need to make them more often. I will bookmark this recipe pronto! Thanks!

  17. Kita says:

    Is it wrong to call this panini absolutely gorgeous?

  18. Jason Phepls says:

    When you fly over NH on your wya to England can you drop a couple of these on top of my place?

    Jason

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