Jamaican Hot Dog
Cuban Sandwich

What in the world? Well, you see when folks get confused and put all sorts of different things together that you wouldn't have thought to put together, in the cooking world they call that "FUSION". This is our version of fusion, you see. We use Jamaican coco bread and roast our pork with Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk rub. Then we substitute a hot dog for the ham, and there you have it, the Jamaican Hot Dog Cuban Sandwich! Yes, we know this probably offends purist afficianados of the cuban sandwich (and there are some!) but this thing tasted damn good and we thought we'd share it.

First we need to make some Jamaican coco bread. There are number of different recipes on the web for coco bread, but we'll use the "authentic" recipe from the Jamaica Travel and Culture web site. This is basic breadmaking, but we'll show you a few of the major steps:

Jamaican Coco Bread
  • 2 packets yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3½ cups white flour
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • Preheat your cooker and pizza stone to 425°. (Note: If you find that the bottoms of the coco breads get too crispy, you can preheat the cooker to 350° and bake the breads longer.

    Mix the yeast, sugar and water together. Beat the egg and stir it into the mixture. Stir in the milk and salt.

    Stir in 2 cups of the flour. Slowly add more flour, stop when the mixture becomes stiff.

    Knead the dough until it is smooth — this should take about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl that has been brushed with some of the melted butter. Roll the dough around the bowl until it is entirely coated in butter. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 1 hour.

    Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thick. Using a pizza cutter or dough scraper, cut the dough into rectangular pieces twice as wide as your sandwich is going to be. Butter the top surface and fold the dough over on itself in half. Let rise another 30 minutes.

    Place folded pieces on the pizza stone. Bake until golden brown, around 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool.

    Next we'll need some roast pork for our sandwiches. This one is pretty easy if you want it to be. You can make our version of Mojo Pork and use some of the leftovers, or you can make Lechón Asado, or you can make a simple roast pork with some Jamaican-inspired rub such as Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk. We chose to go the easy route:

    Dizzy Pig Jamaican Roast Pork

    This is about as easy as it gets! Take any piece of pork that you would like to roast. We took a small piece of pork loin, covered it with Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk rub, and then roasted it over a hickory smoke fire on a raised grid at 325° F until the internal temperature was 140° F. We had it for dinner and used the left overs for the sandwich. Slice it relatively thin for the sandwich.

    Next we'll need the hot dogs. And it doesn't get much easier than this. Just slice a "bun-length" hot dog in half lengthwise and then grill it over a hot fire. We hope you don't need any more instruction than that, but here's some photos, just in case:

    Now we have the coco bread, the roasted pork and the hot dogs ready. It's time to make our sandwiches:

    Jamaican Hot Dog Cuban Sandwiches
  • Jamaican coco bread
  • melted butter
  • sliced pickles
  • roast pork
  • grilled hot dog, sliced in half lengthwise
  • swiss cheese
  • Preheat your cooker to 425° F., placing a large foil covered pizza stone inside to preheat. You will want to press the sandwich with either a foil covered brick or a large cast iron frying pan, so place them in the cooker to preheat also.

    Then it's time to assemble the sandwich. Take one of your pieces of coco bread and slice it in half. Also slice some of your pork into thin slices, about 1/8-inch thick.

    Brush with the insides of both pieces of coco bread with butter. Add a layer of pickles to cover the bread. Add a healthy layer of sliced pork. Add the hot dog slices and then top with the swiss cheese. Finally, spread mustard on top of the cheese and add the top pieces of coco bread.

    When ready to finish the sandwiches, open your cooker and brush some melted butter on the foil. Place one or two sandwiches on the buttered foil, then brush the top of the sandwich(es) with melted butter. Place your pre-heated frying pan or foil-covered bricks on top of the sandwich(es) and press down firmly. Let the sandwiches cook until the cheese melts.

    There you have them! Jamaican Hot Dog Cuban sandwiches!

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