September 17th, 2014 3:00 PM
What: "Big Bad John" sandwich
Pork loin sandwich stuffed with corned beef and Mollie's sauce, wrapped in bacon & topped with cheese on a pretzel roll.
Where: Mollie's Public House, 31 Forest Ave, Riverside
How: Owner Brian Carroll told me it all began with his love of pork. "I love pork loin. I think it's a nice versatile cut of meat." After some experimenting in the kitchen, the Big Bad John was born, a sandwich with a taste so amazing it earned Chef Carroll the moniker of "evil genius." The sandwich was named in honor of Brian's father John, whose nickname growing up was Big Bad John because of his passion for his '57 Chevy and love of racecars.
Why: It may not be dainty or beautiful, but the Big Bad John is a meat lover's fantasy meal. The unassuming outward appearance of this sandwich is the opposite of its taste. The juicy pork loin acts as a succulent canvas for the other bold components. Full of flavor, the homemade corned beef inside brings out the salty quality from the bacon. The cheese helps hold it all together, and the pretzel bun stands up to the hefty piece of meat. Not only is the outside of the pork loin crusted with seasonings to add even more flavor, it is entirely wrapped in bacon ensuring you get some bacon in every bite. Brian calls the sandwich "one of Mollie's most obscure dishes," but I challenge you to try it. I predict it won't be obscure for long!
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