It was Mother's Day just a couple of Sundays ago
. Happy Belated Mother's Day to all my readers who didn't get my wishes on my Facebook page. I had a wonderful time on Mother's Day. It was a nice day in Flint, Michigan so we pulled out the grill. The meal was simple because I'm a mom also and I was trying to rest, relax and enjoy the day too. Grill chicken, fried fish, coleslaw, and spaghetti. Yes, spaghetti is a side dish in these parts. We ate good, reminisced, and watched movies. It was a hard holiday because we just lost my brother and I know it was especially hard on my mother, but we made it through.
Believe or not, there was some food left over. Mostly coleslaw and chicken. Got me to thinking about a sandwich that's big in the south. I was born and raised in Michigan but I lived in North Carolina for seventeen years. One of the dishes that is famous there is their BBQ. They do a pulled pork sandwich that is vinegar based and has coleslaw on it. To be honest I never really was fond of the sandwich. I remember when I first moved there and my ex-boyfriend was bragging on this sandwich. He had my mouth watering. I couldn't wait to try it. I envisioned me humming with birds as that hot BBQ hit my tongue and the cold sweet but slightly tangy coleslaw felt like a marriage made in heaven in my mouth. The disappointment! The vinegar based BBQ and coleslaw was not good, not good at all. I know some of you Carolinian's want to faint right. Thinking there's got to be something wrong with my taste buds, but it's not. The sandwich just wasn't good to me.
So, you maybe wondering why did this revamp come about if I hated the sandwich. I don't know why. I don't have a clue, but sometimes you just gotta roll with. I took a piece of the boneless and skinless thigh that was left over. I shredded it and added some of the sauce we made. I grabbed a Pretzel Bun, placed a piece of cheese on the bottom bun, added the shredded BBQ chicken, and put the coleslaw on top, and added my top bun. Viola. I liked this version of the sandwich.
Of coarse this sandwich as in all my recipes is versatile. For vegans you could use Jack Fruit or a shredded mushroom blend. For my meat eaters there's always pulled pork or brisket. For my seafood lovers you might could even try shrimp. Let me know if you try this version of the North Carolina famous BBQ sandwich and if you liked it or not.