Monday, April 2, 2012

Grilled Pork Pie with Creamy Creole Coleslaw

First order of business, as many of you had guessed, the Kingsford Hickory Infused Propane announcement was an April Fools prank.  You just can't replace the flavor that charcoal grilling adds to food, "specially designed infuser plate" or not. 

I kind of feel bad about pulling your leg.  To make it up to you, here is a recipe created by world champion pitmaster, Chris Lilly, on behalf of Kingsford Charcoal.  It was a perfect way to use up some of the leftover pulled pork in the freezer.  My notes are at the end.

Grilled Pork Pie with Creamy Creole Coleslaw
Reprinted with permission from Kingsford Charcoal

Pitmaster Note: In the South, barbecued pork could be its own food group. This recipe takes a modern spin on the most popular barbecue cuisine, by filling a crisp pie pocket with barbecued pork, grilling over hot charcoal and topping it with a creamy creole coleslaw.

Makes: 8 single serving pies
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Soaking Sauce

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 3/4 pound chopped barbecued pork

Creamy Creole Coleslaw:

  • 5 cups green cabbage (1/2head shredded)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup purple onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons celery, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons Creole mustard
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce

Cut butter into 1/2 inch cubes and refrigerate. Measure the water and refrigerate. In a small mixing bowl add flour and salt and mix well. Add in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly add water, mixing continuously, until a dough ball is formed. Seal the dough ball in GLAD® Cling Wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Sprinkle countertop or cutting board generously with flour. Remove dough from the refrigerator and place onto the floured prep area, roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut the dough into five to six inch diameter circles. Removing extra dough from the prep area to re-roll and make more pie shells. Immediately peal, lift and flip the dough circles making sure they don’t stick. Yield should be eight pie shells.

In a small sauce pan combine the soaking sauce ingredients and stir well. Bring the sauce to a light boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside.

Preheat the grill using Kingsford® charcoal, until the internal temperature reaches 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the chopped pork and 1/2 cup of soaking sauce (reserve the remaining sauce) in a medium bowl and mix well letting the pork soak-up the sauce. Spread three tablespoons of sauced pork onto one-half of each dough circle, but make sure the outer edge of the shell is uncovered. Lightly moisten the edges of the dough with water. Fold the dough in half creating a half moon with filling. Gently press the pie edges together and crimp them with a fork.

To create the creamy creole coleslaw, combine the cabbage, tomato, onion, bell pepper, celery and sugar in a large bowl and mix well, until the sugar dissolves. In a separate bowl combine the dressing ingredients and mix. Pour the dressing over cabbage mixture and stir together. Chill until ready to serve.

Prep the charcoal grill grate with a grill brush and a light coat of oil. Transfer the pies to the grill and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit over direct heat for two to three minutes on each side, or until the dough turns a crispy golden brown. (Note: Do not use the grill lid when grilling the pies.) Remove from the grill and serve topped with creamy creole coleslaw and drizzle with remaining soaking sauce. 

My Notes
I completely messed up the first time I made these and the outside of the dough was burned before the inside was done cooking.  I made two mistakes to cause this.  I had the coal tray raised rather high on the Smoke Hollow charcoal grill, there needed to be more distance.  I also closed the grill lid instead of leaving it open like they recommended.  Color my face red.

So the second time I made two batches.  One batch I cooked on my Smoke Hollow grill with the charcoal tray lowered all the way down giving maximum distance between the coal and grill grates.  The second batch I cooked indirect at 350f on my Big Green Egg (platesetter legs down, spacers, then a pizza stone).   Both worked this time.

Spreading the chopped pork mixture.

Crimping the edges.

Direct method.

Indirect method.

The indirect ones had a smoother texture.  I put them on the direct grill just for a minute for the marks.

The direct grilled had a more rustic appearance but the dough was crispier.


  1. Oh, I do love the rustic look of the direct heat ones. But I think I'd love either...and with that coleslaw. mouth. is. watering!

  2. Great gag Chris - you got me. Welcome to my list of used-to-read blogs

  3. Mmmm, looks delicious! You really had me believing the hickory infused propane story. Maybe you should invent it? I agree, nothing beats charcoal for flavor.

  4. How did I make it through April Fools without any pranks? This sounds absolutely delicious. I love the BBQ filling and the creole slaw sounds perfect...esp. since us NC folk like to top our bbq with coleslaw. Love it!

  5. I'm sure you disappointed a LOT of folks with that post, Chris. If I were you...I'd watch your back for the next few days. :P

  6. Never thought of making a pulled pork pie before. I have to say I'm very impressed with this idea :)

  7. lol.. hickory infused propane! LOL That's a good one!! Sorry I missed that post! hahaha

    The pie and coleslaw look wonderful! I do need to try and make these pies.. they aren't the first ones you've showcased. Plus, I want to say I made a pie on the grill too!!

  8. Love the step by step pictures!They look like empanadas....delicious!

  9. Wow, you had me at Hickory know I love me a good propane tank! And look at you working with pastry! This one is right up my alley...bakin' on my propane grill...that's how I roll! This one is printed and on the docket for seriously, why don't you come up with flavored infused propane for idiots like me - there's millions of us out here...right?!?

  10. Very creative Chris. I would have never believed these would come from a grill until I saw it with my own eyes.

  11. I had so much pulled pork this past week and weekend I can't even begin to tell you who made me though. It is on the menu soon and I may have to do this one. My son would love it!

    Looks good Chris!

  12. I read the hickory propane post and was like huh? Thought it sounded odd. Your pies rock! You always amaze me with the things you grill. I have a whole new appreciation for it.

  13. The pies look awesome. And boy do I feel stupid calling all over town looking for that new propane. I guess I shouldn't have sold all by kettles.

  14. Like a pulled pork empanada! Love it!

  15. Grilled pies - I love it! I've made pizza on the grill before, but not this ... a new project! And pork with cole slaw ... well, that's just about a perfect combination ... :)

  16. Did you do this for me and my savory pies book? I betcha did! GREG

  17. These pies sound DELICIOUS! That pulled pork sounds great on it's own, but tucked into these awesome pockets? I'm loving it.

  18. I am taking your creamy coleslaw recipe with me. The idea of adding hot sauce is really attractive.

    Every time I miss grilled meals you come to my mind. The hardships of apartment living.

    Happy cooking week!

  19. Love them! These babies wouldn't last long in my house.

  20. Just added another item to my to-do list... those look awesome :)


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