Happy Friday, y’all. Okay, well maybe it’s not your Friday, but it is ours. My husband worked all weekend at the hospital, and now he has the next two days off, so if feels like Friday. We celebrated the “weekend” with another round of “Happy Hour at Home”. 😂 🍹
This one was so good, and so easy. I love it when the stars align and things come together like that, don’t you?
A Little Planning Ahead Makes Happy Hour at Home Easy
We had leftover smoked pork sirloin in the freezer that my husband cooked on the smoker last weekend. Whenever he smokes something, we try to make enough to give us plenty of leftovers for things exactly like this. I mean, if he’s going to take the time to smoke something all day long, we might as well get a few meals out of it, right? It was amazing in these little pork sliders.
BBQ Smoked Pork Sliders with Coleslaw
There isn’t really a recipe for this, it was just an idea that came to me when he texted me from work to say what a busy and stressful day it had been at the hospital. Right then, I knew “Happy Hour at Home” was going to be necessary. 😆
I was trying to think of what would be yummy, yet also relatively easy, and remembered the pork in the freezer. A quick trip to the store (mask ON, of course… you too? Good.) for the buns and slaw, and that was all it took to pull this together.
This Q39 sauce is from our favorite BBQ joint in Kansas City. Whenever we are in town (for First Fridays at the West Bottoms) we make a point to have dinner there, and always bring home a couple of bottles. It is just the right amount of spice vs. sweetness.
I warmed some of the smoked, sliced pork sirloin with some of the sauce. You could make this with pulled pork, brisket, chicken… really any kind of meat. If you don’t have anything on hand at home and want a quick fix, you can buy already prepared pulled pork in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Costco sells one that is particularly good.
Add some slaw…
I thought about making coleslaw, which is super easy, but then I saw this kit at the store and decided to take a little help to make it even easier. If you have a favorite slaw recipe, feel free to make your own version.
After mixing the dressing into the shredded cabbage and giving it a taste, I decided it needed just a smidge of freshly ground pepper. Unfortunately, the pepper grinder had a different idea. 😩
The top of the grinder popped off and the entire bottle of whole black peppercorns went into the slaw, and on the floor. Millions.
I spent the next 10 minutes picking the little black peppercorns, one at a time, out of my slaw…
Kings Hawaiian Slider Buns
These buns. 🥰. Just go buy them. Like now. I have no words to say how good they are.
They were perfect for these pork sliders, but literally any kind of sliders would be great on these. Plus they are just so cute.
Music, Sunshine, Cocktails, Good Eats & Great Company…
All the components of the perfect happy hour…. right in your own home.
We turned on some good music on the outdoor speakers, and carried our concoctions outside. Since we were at home, we were able to kick our feet up on the table (which is generally frowned upon in restaurants…) and truly relax.
Cocktail umbrellas just make drinks feel more fun, right? Something about them adds a “vacation-y” vibe that aids in the relaxation. Or maybe that’s the rum….. 😂 🤣
Speaking of cocktails, let me tell you about this refreshing Fresh Peach Mojito.
I had this amazing syrupy goodness hanging out in my fridge that I made a couple of days ago with some of our 25-pound haul of peaches, and while I was making the sliders, my hubby was whipping up a “surprise” in the basement bar.
This peach simple syrup is just water, sugar and a diced fresh peach, simmered together until thickened, then cooled, and poured into a mason jar.
It will last in your fridge for a couple of weeks, and can be used to make all kinds of peach-y concoctions. It’s great in cocktails, but try a little in your iced tea, too, if you like sweet tea.
Since I was still busy picking a bazillion whole peppercorns out of the slaw, I was super happy to see hubs come up the stairs with these in hand.
A couple of sips were had before I remembered to take a picture…
But wow, these were the perfect to drink to go with the sliders. The sweet peachy-ness was so refreshing with the slight zing in the Q39 BBQ sauce and tangy coleslaw.
Fresh Peach Mojitos
For the Peach Simple Syrup:
- 1 large fresh peach
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
For the Cocktail:
- 2 fresh limes juiced
- 4 ounces white rum
- 3 ounces peach simple syrup
- 1/2 fresh peach 1/4 to muddle, 1/4 for garnish)
- 3 sprigs fresh mint (about 10 leaves) (reserve 1 for garnish)
- club soda
Peach Simple Syrup:
- Peel and roughly chop the peach, then combine water, sugar in a pot on the stove.
- Simmer gently until sugar is dissolved.
- Allow to cool before running through a strainer to remove pulp.
- Store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.
For the Cocktail:
- Place 1/4 of the fresh peach and 2 sprigs of mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
- Muddle well to mash the peach and release the flavors from the mint.
- Add the simple syrup, lime juice, and rum with a few ice cubs to the shaker.
- Put lid on shaker and shake well.
- Using the strainer lid on the cocktail shaker, pour mixture into a tall glass filled with ice, and top with seltzer.
- Stir gently to combine, and garnish with wedges of peach and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
Happy Hour at Home
We’ve been enjoying Happy Hour at Home lately, because we still don’t feel comfortable going out to restaurants/bars. But, another great bonus of Happy Hour at Home is the cost savings!
This plate of sliders would likely have been at least $15. Add $10 for each drink (tonight we only had one, but sometimes we have 2), and that’s another $20-$40 in drinks alone. After a tip, this spread would have been in the $65 range. I didn’t add this up, but I’m guessing it was less than $20 for sure.
Wishing you many “happy” hours,