While Jazz Fest may be famous for bringing together a diverse array of musical styles and cultural influences, it is also undeniably all about the food. Luckily two full weekends of festing allows for plenty of face-stuffing. One of the most popular Jazz Fest dishes is also one of Chef Emeril Lagasse’s personal favorites: the Cochon de Lait Po-Boy. This melt-in-your-mouth pork sandwich features a tangy coleslaw and creole mayonnaise. Emeril’s version of this classic Louisiana dish is easy to make at home in a crock pot any time of the year.
Emeril’s Slow-Cooked Cochon de Lait Po’Boy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours
Yield: 12 – 14 sandwiches
- One 6 to 7-pound Boston butt pork roast, preferably bone-in
- 8 large cloves garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise
- Crystal hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons sweet pimentón (sweet Spanish smoked paprika)
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon Emeril’s Original Essence
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ cup beef stock, chicken stock, or water
- 2 large loaves Po’Boy bread, for serving
- Tangy Coleslaw, for serving (recipe follows)
- Creole Mayonnaise Spread, for dressing sandwiches (recipe follows)
Place the pork in a shallow baking dish. Using the tip of a paring knife, make 16 narrow but deep slits in the meat, evenly spaced on all sides, and insert a piece of garlic deep into each slit. Sprinkle a few drops of the hot sauce into each hole. In a small bowl, combine the pimentón, salt, Essence, and cayenne. Sprinkle the seasoning blend evenly over all sides of the roast and rub into the meat.
Place the roast in the crock of a 6-quart slow cooker (fat side up) and pour the stock around the roast. Cook on the “high” setting until the roast is tender and falling apart, 7 to 8 hours. (As the meat becomes tender, break the roast into several smaller pieces.)
Remove the roast from the slow cooker and transfer to a large heatproof bowl or platter. Remove any excess fat and/or bones and discard. Using two forks, pull the meat into shreds. Ladle on enough of the accumulated cooking juices from the slow cooker to keep the meat moist. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Serve the meat hot, on lightly toasted French bread, garnished with the Tangy Coleslaw and slathered with the Creole Mayonnaise Spread.