Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip

A hot pork BBQ dip, made easy with leftover pulled pork.

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip

Summer means BBQ and one of the biggest BBQ holidays of the summer is just around the corner - Independence Day! It's one of my favorite holidays with time spent with friends and family and festivals galore along the Gulf Coast the entire weekend.

For those of us who live here, it often means time spent on the boat out and on the barrier islands, followed by backyard cookouts with all of our favorite summertime foods and songs like Lee Greenwood's classic "God Bless the U.S.A.," droning in the background.

Everybody is all decked out in their favorite patriotic gear, the never-ending supply of red, white and blue foods and drinks streaming in, and, of course, after the sun sets, heading to the beach to watch the always fabulous Biloxi fireworks shows, shot over the Mississippi Sound from Deer Island and the endless designs of light left in the air by backyard sparklers (that even I still enjoy swinging) spun around by our children.

If you're like me, you love all the BBQ menu classics - hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled and smoked chicken, brisket, ribs, and of course, all of the delicious sides that complete the barbecue. Pulled pork is the number one favorite for me but frankly, it can all be overwhelming.

I initially made this dip using Byron's Pulled Pork from Sam's Club, which has gotten harder to find, but not worries because thankfully, if you just want a little pulled pork for some party sandwiches or a dip like this, already cooked pulled pork is available at your local grocery store hot deli or in freezer section. Easy peasy y'all! 

Since everybody seems to start getting the hungries having to wait out through the smell of all that delicious barbecue while it's cooking, I thought that I'd bring you an appetizer that would help to get just a bite to tide them over. I'm a lover of dips and thought this hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip would be a great starter.

The photos do not even begin to do justice to this dip. You have to taste this one and I promise you, your guests are gonna flip over it!

Then I thought... what about a little pass-around bite? Excellent for any party!

I settled on putting a dollop of the leftover pulled pork on crispy bread, added a dab of pimento cheese for contrast, a dash of crumbled bacon, sliced grape tomatoes and a little sprig of arugula, put those on a tray and passed them around. It's a BBQ PPBLT Bite and what a great way to swing that summer BBQ into action and get your guests drooling!

For the pass around appetizer you'll want a package of crostini or bruschetta style bread. I bought the already toasted bread and just brushed it with melted butter. If you buy a loaf of bread and slice it yourself, you'll want to brush with butter and lightly toast it. Spread a couple of teaspoons of warmed pulled pork on the toast, top with pimento cheese, pass under the broiler if you like to melt the cheese a bit, top with a halved grape tomato, season with pepper and press a leaf of spring greens in. Delicious and super easy!

Here's how you can make my Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip in your own kitchen.

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Disclosure: This post is part of a series for the 2015 Byron's Ambassadorship program to help show how to save time and prep making delicious, easily prepared meals using Byron's BBQ from Sam's Club. Participation in this program is voluntary, however, Sam's Club and Byron's BBQ have provided me with compensation and a membership in exchange for this post. Original recipe was developed by me and all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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