O special BBQ Memphis style

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the macadamia butter bread

6g yeast
475ml double cream, warmed
450g butter, melted, plus more, for greasing pan
1 (185g) jar whole macadamia nuts
420g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt

For the barbecue sauce

240ml red wine
150g diced tomatoes
160g diced red onion
60ml tomato puree
120ml treacle
110g brown sugar
120ml honey
120ml red wine vinegar
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

For the assembly

1.2kg cooked chicken
710ml barbecue sauce
330g grated carrots
285g roasted almonds
8 slices macadamia butter bread
100g mesclun greens
300g chopped tomatoes
1) In a large bowl, add the yeast and the warmed double cream. Let sit a couple of minutes until the yeast is foamy. Add the melted butter to the yeast mixture and mix well. Add the macadamia nuts. Add the flour and the salt to the mixture. Mix very well (for about 3-4 minutes). The dough will be too soft to knead.

2) Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 6 and grease a 23-by-30cm bread pan with butter.

3) Once you've mixed it extremely well, spoon the dough into the prepared bread pan. Cover with a towel and allow to rise, for about 1 hour. Uncover and bake for approximately 45-55 minutes. Ovens vary, so keep an eye on your bread. Tapping it on the bottom, you should hear a hollow sound. If you don't, put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes more. When completed, remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. *This bread is very tender. Handle with great care!

Barbecue sauce:
1) In a large saucepan, combine the wine, tomatoes, onions, tomato puree, treacle, brown sugar, honey, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently as it thickens. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, checking and stirring frequently. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated when not using. Makes approximately 600ml.

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, barbecue sauce, carrots and almonds. Mix well. On a plate, stack two pieces of bread and slice them diagonally. Do the same with the other breads on three separate plates. Remove the top slices of the breads. Distribute the chicken mixture onto the bread. Top with the mesclun and tomatoes and cover with the sandwich tops.

Serve immediately.

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