A couple of weeks ago I kind of went on and on about a certain eatery in Hawaii that served this guava bbq kahlua pork quesadilla. I may or may not have mentioned that I loved it so much I just shoveled it into my face and got the insanely awesome guava bbq sauce all over my bathing suit.
At the time I was actually posting a recipe for Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork.
I couldn't help but talk about our Hawaii quesadilla experience then because the basis for the quesadilla was kahlua pork. When we decided we wanted to recreate the Guava BBQ Kahlua Pork Quesadilla, we knew we had to start with the Kahlua Pork before we could move on to the quesadilla.
Well friends, with the Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork we took care of that part.
Yum and Yum.
That meant that I could move on to the Guava BBQ part of the Guava BBQ Kahlua Pork Quesadilla.
This sweet, slightly smokey, and just spicy enough guava bbq sauce is delightful. This recipe was years in the making people. Right when we got back from Hawaii I actually tried to find a recipe for guava bbq sauce.
That was a big fat no go. I couldn't find one.
At least not right away.
Then after a lot of searching, some mixing, and a little pinching of that and pinching of this, I finally concocted a recipe that was quesadilla worthy. Well, pretty much lick off the spoon, my fingers, and right off my face good.
Now that I have both the Kahlua Pork and the Guava BBQ Sauce you know what that means?
Okay, so you totally know what it means. I have been talking about it non stop this whole post. I am being more than transparent about my love for that once-ate-that-one-time-I-went-to-Hawaii quesadilla.
Now I don't have to go back to Hawaii to have my favorite quesadilla. Don't get me wrong, there are a million other reasons to go back to Hawaii, it just doesn't need to be the quesadilla.
Guys I am so excited.
You should be too. This quesadilla is like super grand.
Now that I have brought the Guava BBQ Kahlua Pork Quesadilla back into my life I feel like I need to pass on that love.
Enjoy Peeps. Don't worry about the napkins. You won't want to waste some of the sauce on some stinkin' napkin.
Guava BBQ Kahlua Pork Quesadillas
Kahlua Pork recipe (can use left overs from original dinner)
1 cup cold water
1 cup guava paste
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons minced onion
1 Tablespoon ginger paste
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
salt and pepper
monterey jack cheese, shredded
cheddar cheese, shredded
Use left overs of this Kahlua Pork recipe.
Prepare Guava BBQ Sauce by putting all of the ingredients but the salt and pepper into a sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer on medium high heat. Whisk the mixture frequently. Once it is at a simmer, add in salt and pepper to taste.
Reduce the heat to medium low. Let it low simmer for 10-15 minutes. If the mixture gets too thick, add small amounts of water to thin out.
Cool the barbecue sauce.
To assemble the quesadillas, start with 1 tortilla. Spoon 2-3 spoonfuls of sauce on the tortilla and spread it around. Sprinkle with cheddar and monterey jack cheese. Add a layer of Kahlua pork. Sprinkle with a little more cheese. Drizzle with a bit more bbq sauce. Top with the other tortilla.
Melt a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the quesadilla in the melted butter. 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. The tortilla should be golden on each side and the cheese should be melted.
Serve immediately. Serve with a side of Guava BBQ Sauce.
Follow along with Just Another Day in Paradise