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Grilling: Cubanos

Joshua Bousel blogs about grilling on his blog, The Meatwave, and appears weekly here on Serious Eats during grilling season. —The Mgmt.

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

20100603-cubano-small.jpgOne of the greatest parts of cooking large quantities of huge hunks of meat is the almost inevitable leftovers. When I have the grill or smoker going, I can't help but add more meat than I know I'll actually be able to eat, just to ensure more enjoyment in the weeks ahead. This is exactly what I did with my pernil a couple weeks back. That large bag of roast pork sitting in my fridge meant one thing was for sure: Cubanos were in my future.

A sandwich of sandwiches, these Cubanos came pretty close to perfection. A double dose of pig in ham and roast pork met some creamy Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and yellow mustard, all piled up on Italian rolls (couldn't get my hands on true Cuban rolls), then taken over medium heat on the grill and weighed down with a hot brick to press the sandwiches to a manageable height. The creamy cheese and tangy snap of the pickles were perfect contrasts to the meats, creating an explosion of flavor and texture in each bite.

Unfortunately all that leftover pernil is no more, making me think next time I need to add an extra shoulder or two to keep the goodness going.

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