I was at the store one day and there was a package of "hero rolls," which I bought. I loved them. I had never seen them before, it was the only package there, and more than a week later I have not seen them again. I asked the store manager and it was clear he had no idea what I was talking about. Brigadoon rolls, I guess.
Anyway, I only had two of the rolls left from that package, so I decided to make a chicken sandwich. The slow-cooker sounded like the way to go.
As usual, I sliced up an onion and placed it in the bottom, layered the chicken breasts on top, poured a little bit of water around the edges, and then added some barbecue sauce to the top.
So I crushed a few cloves of garlic - you really only need to crush one, maybe two, but I usually go overboard when it comes to garlic. And as I was going for the rice vinegar in the cupboard, I had a ridiculous idea: use the pickle vinegar from the Hop-Pickles. (If you've been reading this for long, you are aware that ridiculous ideas often encourage me, rather than discourage.)
I thought a simple red onion relish would complement (what I hoped would be) the intense mayo and the barbecue-tinged chicken. In a small pot I placed a diced red onion with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of brown sugar. Forty minutes of cooking over a very low temperature and I had what I wanted.
Wow. I've never had anything quite like this.
Once - when challenged by an Armenian acquaintance of mine who knew how much I loved garlic - I added chopped raw garlic to a piece of basturma; that might have been close to this, but not probably not. This was more aggressive than anything I have ever eaten. Zankou's legendary garlic sauce tastes like Hidden Valley Ranch compared to this aioli. If Zankou is Justin Bieber, this shit is the Clash.
I loved it.
And spread it all over my roll.
When the chicken came out of the slow-cooker I dropped it on the cutting board, as I usually do to test the tenderness, and it broke apart into several pieces. I used a fork to pull it apart into small shreds.