BBQ Pork Chop Sandwiches with Ranch Slaw

I took out pork chops for supper last night and had planned to make them in a basic way.  Sauce em, bake em, and serve em with a simple side, like cauliflower.  But then my beau and I realized we had planned to go to a movie in the park last night.  I was game to let the pork simply sit in the fridge for another day…but then we decided going to a movie was just too much.  We both had busy weekends and Albert was going to be gone for a full week for work starting tomorrow.  No, we did not need to spend Monday out.  We needed to get back to a routine.  (FYI: It rained a bit last night, too, so this turned out to be the best decision ever.)

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But I still wanted to make the evening special so we decided to watch a movie at home instead.  We downloaded When Harry Met Sally (what we had planned to watch in the park) and ate our supper picnic style.  We both got a workout in after work so I had meats and cheeses to snack on while we showered and cooked the main course.

Instead of simple pork chops as I originally planned, I decided to make the meal more picnic-friendly, and the way to do that with pork chops is to turn it into a sandwich.

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I covered the pork chops with BBQ sauce and baked at 350 for about 8-10 minutes/side.  To turn it into a sandwich, put it on a [toasted] bun with a slice of pepper jack cheese (that I placed on the chops just before they were done so it would melt a bit in the oven) and some slaw made by simply tossing shaved cabbage (aka slaw mix) with ranch dressing.

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For something with so few ingredients, this turned out to be a good sandwich.  The only thing I didn’t love about it was the bbq sauce.  The one I bought was too sweet – I should have used my old standby, Johnny’s, for the best flavor.  The other issue is that the pork chops I bought were HUGE and too big for the buns.  That said, if I used my standard sauce and thinner chops, this would be a solid meal that would come together in about 15 minutes.