When I was a little girl, my mother would carbonize any pork that she served us. Pork chops were usually tough, dry, and charred. And they weren’t cooked on a grill, either! Mom was worried about trichinosis, a parasite that can be passed to humans when they eat undercooked meat, particularly pork. That wasn’t going to happen to her babies, so all pork that hit our table was vulcanized, also known as “fully cooked.”
• For Whole Cuts of Meat--Cook to at least 145° F (63° C) as measured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allow the meat to rest* for three minutes before carving or consuming.
• For Ground Meat--Cook to at least 160° F (71° C); ground meats do not require a rest* time.
These guidelines will produce a fully cooked piece of pork that retains its juiciness. Sandwiches made with pork can be tender and filled with flavor. Here are Pork Sandwich Ideas from the Sandwich Name Game at the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum:
Pork Sandwich Ideas
*Orange-hoisin sauce glazed grilled boneless pork chop and Oriental cabbage salad served in between crispy scallion pancakes.
*East Carolina barbecued pulled pork on a Kaiser roll.
*Pork cooked in red sauce, diced into small chunks and served with cilantro and onion on a soft corn tortilla.
*Breaded pork cutlet on a hoagie bun with shredded lettuce and onions with thinly sliced pickles and tomatoes, dressed with mayonnaise and mustard.
*Hot mustard spread on sliced pork served on rye bread.
*Loin of pork, jalapenos, avocado, and tomatoes in a telera bun.
*Naan wrapped around boneless Tandoori pork chunks with yogurt raita, grilled onions, and peppers.
*Sliced pork roast on a Rhoades roll with stuffing and herb flavored mayo.
*Avocado, grilled pork chunks, lettuce, tomato, and pesto mayo in a spinach wrap.
*Grilled boneless pork shoulder steak with lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard on a whole grain ciabatta roll.
*Layers of thinly sliced roast pork with garlic mashed potatoes and peppered cream gravy served on white bread open face style.
*Lettuce wraps with minced pork and a dipping sauce with soy, ginger, scallions, cilantro, and peanuts.
*Horseradish mayo on an Italian roll with roast pork, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and thin sliced red onion.
*Shredded pork roast in barbecue sauce topped with coleslaw on a bun.
*Honey glazed loin of pork served on a soft lavash.
While barbecue sauce is tasty, it’s no longer necessary to drown pork in sauce to add a bit of moisture. When it is cooked correctly, pork is juicy, filled with flavor, and delightful on a great sandwich. Find a special bread. Dress your sandwich up with condiments. A tasty pork sandwich is an elegant first step in creating a sandwich meal for friends or family.
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