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Appetizers to Pair with an Artisan American Whiskey and Pulled Pork on Sweet Potato Biscuits

By on Sep 26, 2011, 3:44 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Small Pleasures Catering | 6 comments

P9160989 Mini Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork in Barbecue Sauce


Small Pleasures was hired recently to cater the VIP reception of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival. The bar was to be provided by Bowen Spirits, artisan creator of a new American whiskey. My client asked if we could create hors d’oeuvre that would pair well with the whiskey. Well, I don’t really drink whiskey, but a creative challenge always makes my job more interesting. And besides, I am a Southerner at heart, so…

My thoughts pretty quickly went to corn, sweet potatoes, pork, barbecue- you know, things like that. We ended up adding three passed hors d’oeuvre to the fruit, cheese and bruschetta display- a Jerk Chicken served with Tamarind Chutney, small plates of Grilled Corn Salad with Goat Cheese and Avocados, and Mini Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork in Barbecue Sauce. Fortunately for me, I had just received a sample of KC Masterpiece’s Southern Style Barbecue Sauce. I mixed it half and half with KC Masterpiece’s Original Barbecue Sauce, to suit my taste-a combination of sweet and hot. And I used the tried and true All-South Barbecue Spice Rub to season the pork shoulder, which I slow cooked on a big barrel grill. The representatives from Bowen’s loved the menu, and I can safely say, it was a hit, greatly enjoyed by all. Recipe follows:

Bowen's Spirits




  1. Your pictures have induced major stomach growling! I am a lousy biscuit maker but may have to try your recipe as I have pulled pork in my freezer. Any special biscuit making tips you can offer?


    October 7, 2011

  2. @ Lynn- my best biscuit making tip is right in the recipe- doing the turns of the dough to create layers. These are not the fluffy Southern biscuits-although you can use cake flour for a lighter dough-about 1/2 cup more flour, if you do so. These are rich, buttery biscuits.

    Gisele Perez

    October 17, 2011

  3. Hii i am using Mini Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork in Barbecue Sauce .Any special biscuit making tips you can offer?……..


    April 14, 2014

  4. Hello Macksmith,

    As I said in my response to Lynn above, the best tip is right there in the recipe- doing the dough turns.

    Gisele Perez

    April 14, 2014

    • Hello Gisele Perez

      Thanks for the great tips I really like, and I’ll definitely try for this weekend.


      April 18, 2014

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