Five spice puts an exotic spin on the pulled pork sliders. I thought it would be hard to find, but to my surprise, I found it in the spice section at a specialty market and in the international section of my grocery store. For those not familiar with the five-spice powder, it's a blend of toasted fennel seeds, ground star anise, toasted Szechuan peppercorns, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves. It's very aromatic.
My aunt cooked her pork until it was tender enough to serve in slices. I simmered the meat longer, so it could be shredded with a fork. My Hawaiian version is topped with crushed pineapple, mayo, and crisp lettuce. My California version, which I have pictured, has a smear of mayo, creamy avocado slices, and lettuce.
When I prepared these for a party last week, I made heaps of them because if your family is like ours, when we have get-togethers, no one goes hungry. My dad used to say, "We always cook for a battalion!"
4 lbs. country style pork ribs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 T grated ginger root
1 T five spice powder
1 pkg. King's Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
2 avocados, thinly sliced
iceberg lettuce, shredded
mayo to taste (optional)
In a dutch oven, combine soy sauce, water, sugar, ginger, and five spice powder over high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add meat. Heat until boiling, then lower heat to medium and allow meat to simmer slowly for 1-1/2, or until meat can be pulled apart with a fork.
Assemble the sliders:
Cut the rolls in half like a bun. Spread on mayo to taste. Add meat, avocado slices, and lettuce.
Recipe by Gale