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 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.

Peppered Pork Sliders-3This 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! 

You won't believe how amazing these sliders are until you try them for yourself. The perfect leftovers recipe, these peppered pork sliders are fantastic as a main meal or as a quick, delicious snack.

I hope you’ll all come and visit me at JOY IN EVERY SEASON where I blog regularly and share lots of delicious recipes that have become my family favorites. 

Peppered Pork Sliders
  1. 3 1/2# pork loin roast
  2. 1 tsp sugar
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 4TBSP black peppercorns (roughly ground)
  5. 5 TBSP butter
  6. 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
  7. 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  8. 2 TBSP fresh thyme (chopped)
  9. 2 TBSP olive oil
  10. Hawaiian Rolls w/a little butter for toasting
  11. Mayonnaise & Sriracha
  1. Carmelize 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Melt butter in small pan over med/low heat. Add garlic, vinegar, thyme, and remaining pepper.
  5. Preheat a large cast iron or other oven proof skillet on stovetop to med/high. Add oil.
  6. Season the meat with a little salt and place into hot pan. Quickly brown all sides of pork.
  7. 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*
  8. Thinly slice your pork loin.
  9. 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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Renee is a wife (34 years and going strong), a mom (to three grown daughters and two son-in-laws), and Nana to four of the sweetest grand babies (# 5 is due in July). I am truly blessed! I am born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA and a fun little fact about me is that my husband and I went to kindergarten together. I love entertaining, whether it’s hosting a party, a large family BBQ, or simply a dinner for two. I also enjoy gardening, photography, my home, an occasional craft, and family & friends. Cooking and serving others in the comfort of my home truly brings me joy! After I retired from newborn photography, I decided that a food blog would combine many of my passions, thus "Joy in Every Season" was born! For a little more information on my, please check out the "about me" page at: www.joyineveryseason.com A favorite quote of mine is, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck