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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

 

I 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.

 

Bowen's Spirits

 

Mini Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork in Barbecue Sauce

Pulled Barbecued Pork

  • 4.5-5 pound pork shoulder (I could only find bone in, but if you can find a boneless you only need about a 3 pound roast )
  • @ 1/2 cup All South Spice Rub
  1. Rub the pork shoulder all over with the All South Spice Rub
  2. Prepare the coals. When they are ready, pour them into one side of the barrel grill. Place the pork shoulder on the other side, i.e. out of the direct line of the smoke, and let it sit for 3-4 hours, adding more coals to keep the fire going. The temperature should remain low, however. Cook until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  3. When the pork is cool, pull the meat off the bone, then cut and shred into small pieces.

 

Sweet Potato Biscuits

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoons double acting baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sweet potato, roasted and mashed
  • 10 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  1. Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Toss butter cubes into flour mixture, and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
    Place flour butter mixture into the bowl of a stand mixture. Mix at low speed until the butter is cut in and the dough is crumbly, resembling coarse wet sand.
  3. Mix and sweet potato and buttermilk together, then mix slowly into the flour mixture, adding a bit more butternilk, if needed.
  4. Dump the dough out on to a floured board and knead lightly until the dough comes together smoothly.
  5. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle then fold the rectangle into thirds. Give the dough a 90 degree turn and roll out into a large triangle again and fold into thirds. Repeat turning and folding one more time. (This step gives the biscuits a flaky layered quality.)
  6. Roll the dough to a 1/2- 3/4 inch thickness. Cut the biscuits with a 2 inch round cutter. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and refrigerate for @ 20 minutes.
  7. Brush the tops of the biscuits with heavy cream. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 10- 12 minutes until tops begin to brown slightly.

Yield: @ 50-2 inch biscuits

 

    6 Comments

  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?

    Lynn

    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?……..
    Cateringonthemove

    macksmith

    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.

      macksmith

      April 18, 2014

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