In Louisiana, we love our po-boy sandwiches. You can call it a po-boy or a poor boy. If you’d like, you can even spell it po’ boy. It doesn’t matter, because a po-boy by any other name or spelling is still just as delicious. And this Bae of Pigs Po-Boy is awesome! I’ve never given any thought as to why it’s called a “po-boy”, so I did a little digging to see what I could find out.
According to nola.com, the po-boy was born in New Orleans in 1929. The po-boy was created during a transit strike in which 1,800 unionized streetcar drivers and motormen left their jobs and protested in the streets. Benny and Clovis Martin were streetcar drivers, but they also owned a restaurant in New Orleans. They picketed, along with the other workers who were on strike, for months. When you’re on strike for that long, money starts to dry up, right?
The Martin brothers vowed they would feed the hungry, striking streetcar workers free of charge. According to poboyfest.com the brothers publicly stated “Our meal is free to any members of Division 194. We are with you till hell freezes, and when it does, we will furnish blankets to keep you warm.”
They started making for the strikers a meat sandwich, on a new thinner and crispy bread, which was easier to slice longways into two equal pieces. They called this sandwich a “poor-boy” because the people they were serving them to didn’t have any money.
Of course, I’m always on the hunt for awesome restaurant creations and challenging myself to recreate them based on the menu descriptions. The Bae of Pigs Po-Boy is an amazing po-boy that Pop’s Poboy’s in Lafayette, LA often has on their menu. How often do you find a boneless pork chop sandwich on a menu? Almost never! And add to that pork chop sandwich some green tomato chow chow and a creolaise sauce on a foot long delicious New Orleans French bread? And what do you have? An amazing party in your mouth called the Bae of Pigs Po-Boy! Hence the reason I’ve decided to try to recreate it.
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