When I first saw this recipe, I thought “Why would anyone want to put coffee in a pork sandwich?”
With football season upon us, I think these sandwiches would be great for a tailgate party or for snacking while watching a good game on TV.
When the Olive Leaf opened three years ago in my hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, I was curious to see what all the unusual place offered. Along with recipes, The Olive Leaf has dozens of types of vinegar and olive oil. Plus, shoppers can taste them to see what they like best.
“It can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning,” owner Troy Kirkman says. “I often tell customers that the experience is like walking to a paint or carpet store. There are just so many choices. However, we assist our customers in finding the product they would like to start using depending upon the cooking application.”
Espresso Balsamic Pulled Pork Sliders
2-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast
1 cup onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon rosemary
½ cup + 1 cup The Olive Leaf's Espresso Balsamic Vinegar
¾ cup Ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
Place chopped onion and peppers in bottom of crockpot. Place meat on top and sprinkle with rosemary. Pour ½ cup balsamic vinegar over meat. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup balsamic vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. When meat is ready, remove from crockpot, shred with two forks and then return to crockpot. Add sauce and cook on low for 1 additional hour. Serve on slider buns.
For more information: Contact The Olive Leaf at (812) 323-3073 or visit the website at www.oliveleafbloomington.com.
Located at 879 S. College Mall Road in The Shoppes in Bloomington, Indiana, The Olive Leaf is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
The Olive Leaf also offers online ordering at www.oliveleafbloomington.com