If Johnny Cash were a panini, he’d be this panini. Rustic, rough around the edges with a melty inside, twangy and a bit of a mess. Simple but rich; Easy yet cultured. Johnny Cash would throw a few back with this panini then kick his chair out from underneath him, hike up his britches, wipe his mouth on his sleeve and fill the streets with huge metallic acoustics while making no excuses.
When your food inspires you, it’s okay to anthropomorphize and compare it to a behemoth of a man you’ve never met. When crispy, salty, sweet, tangy, creamy warm your hands and belly, you are allowed to dedicate your panini to a country legend. It’s alright; this is acceptable. It is encouraged to listen to Johnny Cash while enjoying this panini and no one will judge if you tell ol’ Johnny you shot a man in Reno even if both you and Johnny know that underneath your momentary panini-induced rough around the edges persona, you’re just melty on the inside. And that’s why you and Johnny get along so well.
The barbecue sauce I used for the pulled pork was not homemade; nay, it was given to me. The folks at Outta the Park were kind enough to send me bottles of their Original and Hot & Spicy barbecue sauces and now I’m hooked. I love that they use all natural ingredients without artificial flavors, colors, MSG or high fructose corn syrup. When barbecue sauce shows up at my doorstep, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is or how clean my teeth are, I’m opening it and trying it. Johnny Cash would do the same, and so would you.
Outta the Park sauces have a perfect balance of smokey, salty, sweet and make a mean crock pot pulled pork as it turns out. Barbecue sauce is a thing in my house, and Outta the Park is now a member of my barbecue happy home. Pork shoulder roast + 1 bottle of barbecue sauce + 1 crock pot = fed and satisfied for days. The only thing that required any time in this recipe was browning up the onion, which can certainly be achieved between episodes of Modern Family. I used Emmentaler swiss cheese and thick slices of gluten-free bread which I baked using a gluten-free bread mix. And that’s how the boys get fed, folks.