A few years back I had a friend help me out when I was hosting a dinner party. I say “dinner” in the loosest of ways, because actually it was a grazing style, lots of appetizers and hor d’oeuvres party. I made a few things, she made a few things, and together we cooked all day. We had as much fun prepping as I did at the party! Anyways, one of her recipes was a huge hit and I knew I needed the recipe. Thankfully she gladly shared it with me and I’ve made these Peppered Pork Sliders w/Caramelized Onions many times since then. Isn’t that really what recipes are all about? Sharing them with family and friends and hopefully handing them down for generations to come.
This dish is a little time consuming because you need to Caramelize the Onions which takes some time, but please do not let that deter you. In fact, make this dish on a weekend and “if” you have some onions left over you can use them up the following week. How about topping a burger with them, making some homemade Onion Dip, or dumping them in a pot of homemade soup. I also wouldn’t hesitate to add them to a pasta dish or this Potato Breakfast Bowl. Can you tell that I’m a fan of leftovers??
I should add that the only way I’ve enjoyed this Peppered Pork is as a slider, however, it would be a delicious dinner served with a side of mashed potatoes or simple buttered noodles and a salad or veggie. The pan dripping would make a delicious gravy!
Peppered Pork Sliders
- 3 1/2-4 # pork loin roast I used pork tenderloins
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 TBSP black peppercorns roughly ground
- 5 TBSP butter
- 6 cloves garlic crushed
- 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 2 TBSP fresh thyme chopped
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- Hawaiian Rolls w/a little butter for toasting
- Mayonnaise & Sriracha
- Caramelize your onions by placing them in a large skillet with 2 TBSP olive oil and 2 TBSP butter. Cook over med/low heat for at least an hour, stirring regularly *please see linked post.
- Dry rub the pork roast with the sugar & salt, place into large zip baggie and let sit for at least 1-2 hours (overnight is ok).
- Crush the peppercorns with mortar/pestle, a spice dedicated grinder, or use a large grind from your pepper mill. Rub the meat with the peppercorns. Save what doesn't stick to add to marinate.
- Melt butter in small pan over med/low heat. Add garlic, vinegar, thyme, and remaining pepper.
- Preheat a large cast iron or other oven proof skillet on stovetop to med/high. Add oil.
- Season the meat with a little salt and place into hot pan. Quickly brown all sides of pork.
- Baste meat with butter mixture and place into preheated 375* oven. Set timer to 15 minutes. Turn pork over and spoon additional butter mixture over top. Set oven for another 20 minutes. Check doneness at this time. Thermometer should read to 145*
- Thinly slice your pork loin.
- To prepare sandwiches lightly grill/toast rolls with a little butter. Prepare some Sriracha mayonnaise (to taste). Layer toasted roll, mayo, a few thin slices of meat, and some caramelized onions.
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Katie @ Recipe for Perfection says
I love sliders, and pork is a real favorite around here. This looks delicious! I especially like the idea of the caramelized onions.
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
I can see why these were a huge hit! They look amazing!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
Sliders are the best! I am adding this to our dinner menu lineup…they look fabulous! Pinning!
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Oh wow. Drooling here. Your photos are beautiful and definitely make me want to try this! My husband is a huge fan of pork sandwiches. I’m making these this weekend!
Wow, those look good. I bet the grilled onions and Hawaiian rolls really add something special to the sliders!
Oh my gosh, the toasted Hawaiian roll and grilled onions are SO good with the pork.
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
Gorgeous peppered pork! I could eat this seven nights a week. And those caramelized onions….oh my.
I can only imagine how delicious this must be. Your peppered pork looks fantastic. I would love to have this for lunch today. xo, Catherine
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
I just wrote “pork loin roast” on my shopping list, thanks to you!
Christine from Cook the Story says
These sandwiches look like the perfect game day food, and they’re so easy to make, how can I resist?
Tina Marie says
Grilled onions are among my favorite things. These look so tasty.
Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca) says
Your photos are gorgeous Renee! And this recipe looks amazing. I love the caramelized onions!
Tracy @ Served from Scratch says
Oh my gosh that crust on the pork loin is just PERFECT. What a delicious slider!
Brian Jones says
I always get excited when I find a new pork recipe, I find it a terribly, or at least unsung… This sounds delicious and love the fact you have allowed the pork to sing with smothering it in a million and one sauces. Beautifully thought out dish 😀
These peppered pork sliders would be a bit hit on our game day events. We all love pork. This look fantastic!
Whitney @ That Square Plate says
I love finding recipes for ‘small’ dishes during football season!! I love cooking all day during the fall – this looks like something we’ve gotta add to our menu! 🙂
April @ Girl Gone Gourmet says
Caramelized onions are so worth the time to make them – these sliders sound delicious!
Dino Sanacory says
Receive calls for pork loin but in the photos it looks more like tenderloin which at 3-1/2 pounds would be about three pieces. Which is it?
The original recipe, passed on to me from a friend, is as written. I purchased a two pack of tenderloins, which was probably in the 3 1/2-4 # range.