I have to start by saying - barbecue lentils is not something I would ever think of making. I came across the idea in an email I received from Food52. I was intrigued. I'm always looking for new things to do with beans and lentils, places to go beyond the patty. And sometimes I really like a pulled pork sandwich.
Side note - I'm pretty sure any of the recipes can be adjusted to produce a sauce in the style to which you are accustomed. Despite being from Georgia, I prefer an eastern Carolina-style sauce (the kind that's more of a vinegar sauce). Unfortunately, a true eastern Carolina-style sauce doesn't work quite as well with lentils, so I went a little thicker, but added extra vinegar to make it sharp. If you like a sweeter, Kansas City-style sauce, add more molasses or brown sugar. If you're not sure what kind of sauce you like, check out this site I found that gives a good breakdown of the basic American barbecue sauces.
I didn't have a sweet potato handy, so I opted to use this recipe instead.
|the cooked lentils
|the sauce - I made it spicy and acidic
I served these "sandwiches" with a side of broccoli and roasted potatoes. I like a pickle with my barbecue sandwich, but I didn't have any. I decided to quick-pickle some red onion slices in red wine vinegar, and topped the sandwiches with those. So tasty!
|my husband's plate
You can see, they were pretty messy. We ended up eating them with forks and knives. Overall, it was a good flavor and a new lentil adventure. I'll make this again.
Have you tried anything interesting with lentils or beans lately?