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A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair

Who knew there was a new way to make a sandwich?
 
Making its debut this year at the Illinois State Fair is the buca-wich, a 6-inch hoagie roll with filling stuffed into a grilled hole in the middle.
 
“It’s the only way to walk and eat,” said Shelly Newton of Des Moines, Iowa, a first-time vendor here who runs the stand with her husband, Terry. It’s on Illinois Avenue across from the Midway rides.
 
The Newtons have a handheld pole grill that toasts the inside of the hoagie. The roll is then filled with your choice of crawfish (with peppers and onions), Cajun steak, meatball (with red sauce), Italian sausage, peanut butter and jelly, tuna salad or chicken salad. A buca-wich with the first four fillings is $7; the cold fillings are $5.
“Buca” means “hole” or “pit” in Italian, Shelly said.
 
For fair-goers looking for gluten-free options, the buca-wich stand also sells gluten-free Cajun steak nachos and Italian sausage nachos ($7 each).
 
The buca-wich is one of the many new or unusual food items for sale at the 2012 Illinois State Fair. A few of the others:
 
* Deep-fried Thin Mint and Samoa cookies are on the menu at Coliseum Corner, next to the Coliseum.
“They’re the same cookies made by the same company that makes them for the Girl Scouts,” said owner Abbas Zolghadr of Springfield.
 
Each cookie is wrapped in thin dough and fried for 20 to 30 seconds. The Thin Mints are drizzled with chocolate and the Samoas (chocolate-caramel-coconut cookies) get a caramel and coconut garnish. A bowl of three is $3.
Zolghadr said he got the idea from a vendor at the state fair in Texas. They were popular there, so he added them this year to his longtime concession stand. “They taste wonderful,” he said.
 
* On Main Street, across from Ethnic Village, you can get freshly made churros from a booth called Xocoatl (pronounced “sho-ko-al”).
 
“It means chocolate in Mayan,” said Juan Covarrubias of Chicago, a first-time vendor at the Illinois State Fair. “We’ve done Taste of Chicago and other fairs. We want to see how it does here.”
 
Sometimes referred to as Spanish doughnuts, churros are long strips of fried pastry dough. At Xocoatl, they can be filled with strawberry or vanilla cream or served with the classic sprinkle of cinnamon. Price: $3.
 
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    CCinNJ
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 00:16:20 (permalink)
    It sounds like a concept borrowed from the puka dog.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 00:23:03 (permalink)
    Absolutely, and it was discussed here at length. 
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 00:45:21 (permalink)
    Maybe next year they will put the "inside" to good use...

    Thanksgiving stuffing buca....Caesar salad buca.

    If they do...I'm going to go find them.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 02:01:52 (permalink)
    pukadog been around. Several years ago a 6 bun toaster was about $1500. Sorry not a good ROI. I was going to make one but lost interest.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 16:12:34 (permalink)
    Yea, those machines are not cheap, that's for sure, I backed away from them once found out the price. But if you did it right, you could crush it every day and serve unique food, but the roll has to be the key to everything. Like Subway, crappy meat served on a good roll. Everyone buys it.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 17:17:13 (permalink)
    JacksSnacks built his own model...years ago.

    Those things remind me of my straightening iron. That gets hot enough to toast anything....if I'm not careful.

    BBQ buca using cornbread yeast rolls.

    Cheesesteak buca in a pretzel roll.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 17:21:18 (permalink)
    I've seen the same concept as the puka dog in either Germany or the Netherlands... I can't remember which. The buca folks are making a larger hole however, and more variety of product. That's a fresh twist that I think will go over pretty well in that environment. My son-in-law is at the ISF doing really well in his BBQ trailer. 
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 17:35:21 (permalink)
    This model is on the newer side...

    http://www.ayrking.com/products/hero2go/
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 20:02:27 (permalink)
    There's a food truck here called "Beli". They do the same thing and actually patented the process. They say it's the only patented sandwich. The weird thing is, they never go out. The truck just sits there at my old commissary, plugged in all year.
    I think they patented the sandwich just so they can sue other places like this. LOL
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/11 20:27:41 (permalink)
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/12 15:47:13 (permalink)
    CCinNJ

    Beli has a video!



    I wonder how they core the bread?? anybody have a way of doing that?? Use a drill??
     
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/12 17:49:31 (permalink)
    Here's a video of the core/toast function of the machine that's not from Beli...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx10uC7ndFw&sns=em

    I have not found any details about the Beli patent
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/12 19:52:26 (permalink)
    CCinNJ

    JacksSnacks built his own model...years ago.

     
    Jacks was a propane Model.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/12 22:11:12 (permalink)
    If I can find the right safe irons I can make some (they need a cute name) at home. Here's the iron oven...

    http://www.ebonyline.com/kiz0078.html
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 00:34:18 (permalink)
    We use a pineapple corer something like this:
    http://www.google.com/img...d=1t:429,r:8,s:0,i:100
    Use a hard italian roll and put a sausage in them, we do the hole all the way thru, but I'm sure you could figure a way to get the bread from a blind hole still just using a corer.  Not really interested in making one toasted on the inside, rather have a standard built sandwich with a nice crunch on the outside from a good italian roll.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 01:05:02 (permalink)
    A pineapple corer is a great idea!

    I was thinking of a cannoli form (tube) for the filling with the plunger from a cookie press...instead of or to assist the wax paper part of the Beli system.

    I like the idea of the toasted middle...for some reason. I guess it depends on the filling. It could also be shaved and toasted in butter on the outside...like a New England-style roll.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 01:24:30 (permalink)
    If you buy one, make sure its serrated versus a straight cut.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 06:13:42 (permalink)
    This one looks pretty good...

    http://www.cooksillustrat...6973&parentdocid=36874

    I have a different kind of pineapple corer that wouldn't work for this...but it earns keep by being the donut cutter....

    http://www.pastrychef.com...PPLE-CORER_p_1491.html
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 06:36:26 (permalink)
    The ones we have are similar to your top link, but the link does not state the diameter, it should be at least 1 inch dia.  
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 16:21:09 (permalink)
    That model is 1-1/8 " diameter
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 18:40:05 (permalink)
    So can I buy one of these and punch a hole through a pork tenderloin?
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 18:57:34 (permalink)
    The edges would get caught in the meat and stick instead of punch through. Maybe a few metal skewers or larding needles punched through and revolve around in circles to create a core.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 19:11:02 (permalink)
    Well hell I'll try a wood spade.
     

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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 19:20:37 (permalink)
    That looks like it will go right through!

    Here's a "fatty piston" thing that might be good for stuffing...

    http://cowgirlscountry.bl...-fatty-piston.html?m=1

    http://meatinc.blogspot.c...ston-bbq-tool.html?m=1
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/08/13 19:32:30
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 19:34:15 (permalink)
    CCinNJ

    That looks like it will go right through! Here's a "fatty piston" thing that might be good for stuffing...

    http://meatinc.blogspot.c...ston-bbq-tool.html?m=1

     
    That might help thanks. I got ninth place at the American Royal with a potato I did this way. And 9th out of 560 teams is not bad. I stuffed it with hot breakfast sausage and the flavor from the sausage just runs into every pore of the potato. They look like donuts with out a hole, when you slice them but the center is sausage. I never thought of it before but I could inject butter into a potato before it's baked with my injector system. LOL
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 19:42:46 (permalink)
    Not bad? That's awesome!!

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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 20:04:42 (permalink)
    Fantes carries a lot of different corers, for large sharp cut you might try a cauliflower corer.
     
    http://www.fantes.com/corers.html
     
    You might be able to core meats with a non serrated good sharp corer, perhaps cool the meat just above freezing to firm it up.
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 20:14:44 (permalink)
    RodBangkok

    Fantes carries a lot of different corers, for large sharp cut you might try a cauliflower corer.

    http://www.fantes.com/corers.html  You might be able to core meats with a non serrated good sharp corer, perhaps cool the meat just above freezing to firm it up.

     
    Yes the semi frozen is a must your right, but the cauliflower corer is to short for a pork tenderloin at 4.4" long. But they do have some neat tools thanks for the link. Very Cool. I love olives stuffed with Blue Cheese. God they are so good.lol
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    Re:A new kind of sandwich? Only at the state fair 2012/08/13 20:36:20 (permalink)
    I'd love to roam around their store (Fantes), bet there's a lot of stuff in there that's not on the web site.  I always try Fantes first when looking for something unusual.
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