Guests at the Iowa Lawn Party on May 31 at the Jasper Winery in Des Moines were treated to a unique pork slider recipe.
The Iowa Pork Producers Association sponsored a booth and a pork slider contest at the event held in conjunction with the Des Moines Winefest.
A dozen recipes were entered for the Iowa Pork Slider Challenge and judges selected a slider recipe called “The Pig Ate My Granny” submitted by Matt Gardiner, an auditor for a Des Moines CPA firm. In addition to ground pork, Gardiner’s winner included apples, bacon, onions Gouda cheese and barbecue sauce. Nearly 500 of the sliders were served at the lawn party.
The slider entries were judged on creativity, affordability, ease of preparation and the use of Iowa products by a local chef, a Des Moines Register reporter and an IPPA staff member.
Gardiner won $100 and dinner for two at the Iowa Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair, among other prizes. “The Pig Ate My Granny” also was featured at a Des Moines restaurant last week.