Hi Friends! Taking a quick break from the chaotic world of business ownership. Seriously…it’s a bit ridonkulous. Between the operating licenses and re-programming the cash register and doing price comparisons with other local businesses and redesigning the wall menu (and take-away menu) and logo/sign design and writing an employee handbook… it’s nuts. I am utterly exhausted.
But the NICE thing about owning a food establishment—eating is now “market research”. So when the Hubs’ sister recommended this pulled pork from Sam’s, we decided to buy some and taste test it out. On the fancy-schmancy rolls that our prospective food vendor gave us as samples, no less.
It’s actually pretty tasty—especially when you add some extra Sweet Baby Ray’s to it. And a couple pickle slices. YUM.
However…when your household consists of only two people…do you have any idea how long it takes to go through 64 oz of BBQ pork? Yeah. Like, two weeks. We’ve been eating BBQ pork for TWO WEEKS.
I’d had my fill of BBQ sandwiches, but you can’t just let it go to waste. So, I did what I do best… KITCHEN IMPROV!
Ingredients: (serves two)
two handfuls of tortilla chips (one handful per person)
8 oz pulled pork (with 2 tbsp of extra BBQ sauce mixed in)
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4-1/2 fresh tomato, diced
1/2 cup shredded 2% fiesta-blend cheese
2 tbsp bacon crumbles (optional—this is just another thing we bought as “market research” for the shop to go with one of the other sandwiches we’re testing out.)
A smattering of pickled jalapeno slices
Heat the BBQ pork in the microwave for about 1:30 minutes. Meanwhile, chop your cilantro & tomatoes, and cover your plate with the tortilla chips. I like to spread them out so that you don’t end up with “naked chips” toward the end.
Use a fork to drop your heated BBQ evenly across the chips, and then immediately cover with cheese. Heat the plate for an additional 20-25 seconds if you like to get the cheese really melty.
Then scatter your cilantro, tomatoes, bacon and jalapenos across the top.
And voila! A delicious, fun, quick & easy meal. And quick & easy is DEFINITELY necessary when you’re also filling out credit applications for food service vendors with one hand while you stuff your face with the other. And it’s a great way to get some fresh greens and veggies into your system…especially when you’ve been eating pre-packaged pulled pork for two weeks. :)
(As a note—we’re not 100% sure if we’re going to be offering this pulled pork at the Shoppe, as the pieces of meat in it were kind of small and overly shredded, making the texture almost mushy, even though the flavor is delicious. The texture was actually perfect for these nachos, though. So we may just step it up and get some pre-smoked pork butt & shred & sauce it ourselves. We were trying to keep it simple, but I don’t necessarily want to sacrifice quality for convenience.)
And as always, I’ll throw it out there, if you’re interested in following the progress of our ice cream shoppe, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! (I update Facebook most—I’m still getting the hang of the whole “tweeting/instagrammy” thing.)