Well I know I have been away a while.
I did get to spend a long weekend on a river in Cherokee N.C. Drinking beer, smoking meat, and sippin some shine. If you haven't had a chance to go to the reservation, do so. Don't forget to stop by Gatlinburg and grab some shine. Go by Sugarlands and help "Tornado" support his 8 kids.... that he knows about.
Now I am Red ,White , and Blue Thru and Thu, and figured what better way to bring in labor day than Cuban sandwiches just like found in Miami. We are a land of rich heritage ( healthy eaters ) diverse in our taste. Our thirst for icy beverages and a raging appetite for caveman style cooked meats on holidays unites us all.
So aside from my rambling I wanted to share this experience which started with a poor cut of pork loin which did not pass standards of grading according to looks. Our local closeout distributor had a load of pork loins which were mis-cut or for other reasons did not pass the ridiculous grading system which causes us to discard large amounts of food annually which is perfectly fine for consumption. This 5 lb loin cost $7.50 U.S.
I grilled this loin over direct coals, rotating all sides, then cooked indirectly until an IT of 150f. Yeah its a skinny one. I let it rest for an hour or so.
Ran it thru the meat slicer as thinly as it would slice.
I created my own MoJo sauce using a small can of chipoltles in adobo, garlic, cumin, lime juice, and local honey.
Now onto the sami.......
I had to use a ciabatta roll as Cuban rolls are impossible to find in the middle of a redneck town. I stacked some thinly sliced ham, pickle slices, sauteed onions, sliced pork loin, MoJo, and swiss cheese.
Brushed with melted butter and slightly grilled. Then I baked them in a 225F oven for 10 minutes.
Now I also added some Sweet Tater fries dusted with my Lays BB'Q clone.
God bless America. God bless our troops and law enforcement. God bless all Americans that work everyday to keep our country running.