Do you remember that awesome Filipino pork rib adobo recipe I posted not too long ago? Yeah, it was awesome to say the least, and again that great introduction to an authentic Filipino dish. I’m surprised I had any left over to be quite honest with you. But with that being said, I decided to use that leftover Filipino adobo and make a killer sandwich out of it. This sandwich was heavenly.
Let’s get started.
Ingredients for the pork adobo:
- 6 lbs of pork ribs, silver skin removed, cut into 2 rib portions
- 1/2 cup of soy sauce
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns
- 3 whole bay leaves
- generous pinch of salt
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 head of garlic, minced
- garlic fried rice, optional (but you know you want it)
Ingredients for the sandwich:
- Soft buns, lightly toasted on top and bottom
- shredded pork adobo, warmed
- Pickled red onions
- Thinly sliced Thai bird chilies, optional
Start by adding all of those pork ribs to a large sealable bag or bowl. Next, take the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns, onion, bay leaves, and salt, and mix that into a bowl.
Pour this mixture into the sealable bag, and let this marinate 24 hours, preferably, but you can probably get away with 4 hours. Your call.
At some point in time, massage that marinade into the ribs.
When you are ready to cook, add the ribs and marinade into a dutch oven, or something that can hold all of those ribs, and cook on the stove on low heat for about 4 hours.
The ribs should be close to fall apart tender. Once you hit that stage, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Place however many ribs you want onto a baking sheet, and into the heated oven, and cook for about 10 minutes or until you get an nice crisp on the outside.
Take some of the cooked marinade and cook on medium-high heat on the stove. Bring to a boil, then add to a fat strainer if you have one. The ribs do give off a bunch of fat so you will want to remove as much as possible. Keep in mind you can make this a day ahead, store the ribs separately from the cooked marinade, then on the next day, when the fat has solidified from being in the refrigerator, scoop off and discard, keeping just the non-fat marinade.
Once the ribs have gotten nice and crisp on the outside, remove and pour over that cooked marinade.
To build your sandwich, take a mound of shredded pork adobo and place it onto the bun. Lay over some pickled red onions, and a bit of Thai chilies (optional), and top with the remaining bun. Grab this baby with both hands, lightly press down, and go to town.
You get the awesome Filipino adobo, but then you get this awesome surprise from the pickled red onion and spice from the Thai chilies that really make this sandwich shine. Hope you enjoy!