When thinking about what to make if I was having a little party for Father’s Day, I knew beer should be involved…and pork.
I wouldn’t call it bartending but I’ve been beer fetching since I was a young girl. Seems like at every BBQ, get-together, or game night, I was my parental units’ official beer fetcher (no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t train the dog to do it).
Beer Braised Pulled Pork Calzones FTW…slow cooked in beer pulled pork, beer braised onions, and Swiss cheese all tucked nicely in a pizza crust to make the perfect manly bite size appetizer. Serve with a little mustard and you’re golden.
And to go with those mini calzones? A little Red Beer. Where I come from it’s the drink of champions (well, more like rec-league hockey players wanting to be champions), consisting of beer (the cheaper the better), tomato juice (sometimes clam-based tomato juice) and a dash of hot sauce. It’s the beer version of a Bloody Mary, which just happens to be my dad’s favorite cocktail.
Use this Beer Braised Pulled Pork recipe. I find that bathing the pork in the beer really helps it break down and become extra tender…plus you don’t want to miss out on the cooked down onions! The pulled pork can be made a day in advance giving you extra time to spend with your dad.
For the Calzone, roll out the pizza dough and use a round cookie cutter. Place a tablespoon of pork in the middle of the circle (don’t forget the onions and a piece of cheese).
Apply egg so the dough will stick together. Bake until golden brown and you’re set for a delicious meal!
Cheers to your dad from your favorite beer fetcher!