The Upstater Pulled Pork Sandwich is what happens when a classic Southern sandwich lands in upstate New York. It’s unique…and absolutely delicious!
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Despite my initial hesitation, it’s safe to say that I’ve come to really enjoy upstate New York. Sure, I’m a long way from my family. And yes, it does indeed snow a lot here. (I don’t care what anyone says, that first snow of the year is always magical!) But this area of the country is unique and quite fun in it’s own right.
There’s horse racing every summer in Saratoga and beautiful leaves every Fall. There’s also a ton of craft breweries scattered around upstate New York and Vermont, and I’ve really gotten into visiting these breweries to try different beers. Oh, and there’s also apples and maple syrup. My wife and I have talked about moving back South at some point in the future, and when we do, I know I’m going to seriously miss the apple orchards and maple farms that are pretty much right around the corner from my house.
So what happens when a classic Southern sandwich lands in upstate New York? I think it’s safe to say that apples and maple syrup are involved! My wife and I created this Upstater Pulled Pork Sandwich a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out to be quite tasty. So tasty that I knew it needed to end up on Spiced. I recognize that you might be a bit thrown off by the combination of pulled pork, apples and maple syrup. But give it a shot! The flavors actually come together quite nicely. This sandwich is a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet…and it’s a really fun twist on a classic!
Instead of barbecue sauce, the Upstater Pulled Pork Sandwich is topped with a sweet and spicy cream cheese spread. Layer on some pickled red onions, thinly sliced green apples and some fresh arugula, and all of a sudden you’ve got a unique and delicious sandwich that looks like it belongs on a restaurant menu. (I like to make my own Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork, but you could certainly pick some up at the store or your local BBQ joint if you’re pressed for time.) Enjoy!
The Upstater Pulled Pork Sandwich
For the Pickled Red Onions
For the Pickled Red Onions
- In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar and hot water. Stir until sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the thinly sliced red onion; stir and ensure that the liquid is fully covering the onions. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
For the Upstater Sandwich
- Mix the cream cheese, maple syrup and cayenne pepper together until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly on both halves of each of the 4 ciabatta rolls.
- Using a mandolin, carefully shave the Granny Smith apples into very thin slices. Set aside.
- Divide the pulled pork evenly across the bottom halves of the ciabatta rolls. Top each with shaved green apples, several slices of the pickled red onions and fresh arugula.