Ever since the day after I last ate at the Loveless Café I have wanted to make Cornbread Griddle Cakes. Among it’s Supper Platters the menu for the Loveless Café includes Pit-Cooked Pork Barbeque – with Cornbread Hoe Cakes. Though I felt somewhat indifferent to the Hoe Cakes in a place that is famous for its scratch-made-biscuits, I wanted to try the Pit-Cooked Barbecue. It wasn’t until my plate arrived that I realized the Cornbread Hoe Cakes were an integral part of the entrée and were intended as a cradle for the pork.
I admit I hardly even got a taste of the corn cakes that day, there was so much barbecue piled on top. By the time I ate my sides and my share of those famous biscuits, generously piled on a plate at our table, I had little room left for a taste of the barbecue let alone the cornbread cakes underneath it all. But I took my leftover barbecue home and the cornbread hoe cakes went with it.
It wasn’t until I warmed my leftovers the next day at lunch that I really discovered those griddle cooked corn cakes. The most surprising thing was that they were even edible after resting under that barbecue in the take-home box all night. The good news: not only were they edible but really delicious! I determined it was time I learned to make them myself.
Next thing I knew I had the latest issue of Southern Living in my mailbox. Flipping through the pages I found a barbecue tutorial and a recipe for pork filled Griddle Cakes served with a Fresh Cherry Salsa. I don’t think I ever thought of serving pork barbecue on (or in) corn cakes before and here they were, right in front of me, twice in one week.
Not that I followed the recipe in the magazine. I had to do some research whereby I unearthed another recipe or two and sort of worked out a happy medium of elements I liked in each one. The result was a recipe for some delicious cornmeal pancakes (hoecakes, griddle cakes or whatever you like to call them) that made a great base for my own Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork. They would also be a nice simple supper side dish on their own.