This is ManBQue member Deadliest Catch’s take on this classic West Side favorite, the jibarito. It’s a unique Puerto Rican sandwich with a twist, swapping out the bread for crispy golden fried plantains. It was invented right here in our fair city at Borinquen Restaurant, a Humboldt Park place that still serves up the original. The first sandwich was made with skirt steak, so feel free to tag it in for the chicken if you’re in need of red meat. Or turkey, as you’ll surely be flooded with buckets of it soon enough. All fine options – but this particular version won honors at July’s ManBQue.
Fair warning: prepping the plantains will make your house (or in this case, the ManBQue host’s house) smell like fried food. Which, if you live in Kentucky, will actually increase the value of your home.