Here’s a slider recipe using grilled pork… make it for your fun summer parties! >> Cubano Sliders
I’ve had a Cubano sandwich a few times in my life. It’s a Cuban sandwich filled with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and mustard. You’ll find them in abundance in Florida- and you’ll spot copycat versions all over the US. But there really is nothing better than a truly genuine classic Cubano… made by someone who knows what they’re doing! I decided to surprise my husband this year and make his favorite sandwich in slider form: Cubano Sliders. I’m not Cuban, and I’ve never lived in Florida, but these little sandwiches are my best copycat.
The pork used for the recipe is from Smithfield’s line of already-marinated pork. I used the Peppercorn and Garlic Pork Tenderloin for my sliders- it’s 100% fresh pork slow marinated in peppercorns and garlic. I love that it comes pre-marinated… it saves me time in the kitchen when I’m crazy busy assembling dinner! You’ll be able to locate Smithfield’s already-marinated pork tenderloin, loin filet and pork sirloin at your market.
The best thing about using this already marinated pork is that it has been swimming in that marinade for a good chunk of time. That means the cooked product is completely full of all of the delicious flavors of the marinade.
When I’m grilling, I like to use a meat thermometer to make sure everything turns out just perfect. Here’s the one that I use in both my kitchen oven and my outside grill: MeasuPro Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer. I don’t think it really says that you can specifically use it for the grill, but I do… and I’ve never had any problems with it. It’s seriously a life-saver! Look how beautiful that pork tenderloin turned out!
You can set up a lovely Father’s Day spread for these Cubano Sliders- I offered up the grilled pork, Swiss cheese, ham, dill pickle, mustard, mayonnaise and toasted rolls… self-serve style.
My whole family enjoyed these with ALL the available fixings. They were out-of-this-world delicious. Although we devoured them last weekend, my husband has already asked me to hunt down that Smithfield pork and make these again for our Father’s Day barbecue. I shall do so!
Yield: 12 sliders
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
- One Smithfield Pork Peppercorn and Garlic Pork Tenderloin
- 12 slider or dinner rolls, sliced in half
- 12 small pieces of deli ham
- 12 small pieces of thinly sliced Swiss cheese
- 12 dill pickle slices
- Grill the pork according to the package instructions. Keep the grill moderately heated, and turn the tenderloin often to avoid burning.
- While the pork is grilling, set out the fixings for the sliders. I like to set mine up fix-it-yourself style-- so each person can make their slider how they'd like (in case there's a picky one in the bunch!)
- If you'd like to toast the buns, lightly butter them and place them butter-side-down on the grill until lightly toasted.
- When the pork is done (145 degrees), remove it from the grill and let it rest on a cutting board for a few minutes. Slice the pork thinly and let people assemble their own sliders.
Here are a few more pork slider recipes you might enjoy:
- Pulled Pork Sliders with Blue Cheese Slaw by Framed Cooks
- Pork Belly Sliders by FoodieCrush
- Roast Pork Sliders by Laylita’s Recipes
Disclosure: This post has been written in partnership with Smithfield to share their line of marinated pork. This is a product that I know and use in my kitchen. All opinions shared are my own.