Pappas BBQ: The Sweet Caroline
Pulled Pork never tasted
Lots of restaurants that advertise pulled pork in Houston do not have a smoke ring in the meat or bark because they cook it in a slow cooker. Pappas has a smoke house and thus their pulled pork has both a pink smoke ring and bark on the ends of some of the shreds. The sandwich is served with a nice cole-slaw (the same they sell as a side dish) and a mustard barbecue sauce that is a little sweeter than traditional South Carolina style sauce, but I won't quibble. The meat is sweet, tender and smoky. The coleslaw is creamy and crunchy. The bun holds it all together, but just barely. It was tasty, satisfying and the flavor stayed with me for about an hour after I ate it.
My only concern is that the great Balladeer Neil Diamond make take offense on a couple of levels. For one there's obviously the song "Sweet Caroline" which is his personal copyright. For another, he is Jewish, and pork is not on the menu for Jews who keep Kosher. Personally, I know a number of Jews who only keep Kosher on the high holidays who have tried this sandwich and loved it. However, if I were working for Pappas BBQ I might consider rethinking the name. Just saying. No hating here at all folks.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium: The Pork Belly
|Dogfish Black & Blue|
|Get in Mah Belly!!!|
For all my fellow BeerKnurds: I enjoyed a Dogfish Beer Black and Blue with the sandwich and the blackberry & blueberry flavours & mild bitterness of this Belgian Ale went quite nicely with the Pork Belly Sandwich.
Zao an, Y'all!!!