this sandwich is lit – bbq cuban panini

bbq cuban panini with pickles

BBQ Cuban panini sandwich.

smoky pulled pork, salty ham, tangy pickles, sweet barbecue sauce… this sandwich has it all. ITS LIT FAM. bbq cuban panini is a mashup of two of my favorite things… bbq pulled pork and cuban sandwiches. plus a tangy sweet barbecue dijon mustard spread. definitely an amazing lunch or dinner, and can be made with leftovers of any pulled pork you have.

ingredients

leftover pulled pork – see my instant pot recipe here!
deli ham (i go for the ham off the bone, sliced thin)
panini bread (the pane turano panini bread from aldi is our go to)
2-3 slices havarti cheese depending on how big your bread is
kosher dill sandwich slices
your favorite barbecue sauce
dijon mustard

instructions

mix together half and half dijon mustard and bbq sauce to make bbq dijon spread. butter each slice of bread generously. build the sandwich by spreading the first slice with the bbq dijon spread. place the cheese first, then pork, ham, pickles, and finally cheese again. spread the other side with sauce and place on top. press in a panini press until golden brown and cheese is melted, or if you’re like me and don’t have a panini press, grill on the stovetop and use something heavy to press the sandwich down. i used a cast iron skillet. hope you love this barbecue cuban sandwich as much as i did… if you try it let me know in the comments!

the pork speaks for itself – instant pot pulled pork

instant pot pulled pork

Instant Pot bbq pulled pork.

…the two year old ate his entire serving (unheard of), and the 8 month old couldn’t stop shoveling it in. enjoy!

ingredients

6-7 pound bone in pork shoulder

dry rub:
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar, 1 ½ tbsp kosher salt, ½ tbsp fresh ground black pepper, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp ancho chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, a few shakes of cinnamon (to taste).

braising liquid: 1 can of beer (i used blue moon), about ½ cup of water, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce

olive oil

instructions

the night before, mix together dry rub and cut pork into 2-3 large pieces. add pork and dry rub to a bowl or gallon sized plastic bag, along with dry rub and a few glugs of olive oil. mix together so all the pork is coated in the dry rub/olive oil mixture. refrigerate overnight. next day, add pork and braising liquid to instant pot. cook on manual mode, high pressure for 90 minutes. let pressure cooker naturally release for at least 10 minutes, then you can manually release steam. enjoy tender, juicy pulled pork 🙂