I'm really excited about today's post as it's been awhile since I've offered you all a giveaway! I have recently teamed up with the Iowa Pork Producers Association for their first ever Iowa Blogger Pork Partnership.
The Iowa Pork Producers is an organization that works within the community to educate and promote for a sustainable, socially responsible, profitable and globally competitive pork industry. They've got a ton of great information and tools on their website, including recipes, so make sure you check those out.
I was given a chance to look through all of their recipes and choose one to prepare and share with my readers. Let me tell you, this was hard. Everything looked wonderful. In the end, I decided on these sliders. I knew it was something the whole family would like and they seemed fun.
I love little sandwiches like these, especially for parties and get togethers. I started the pork loin right away for dinner that night; I know this won't be your go-to quick and easy weeknight meal but perhaps prepare the pork loin ahead of time or save for the weekend when you're not as rushed While that was roasting in the oven, I was able to get everything else prepared and ready for assembly. Nothing complicated all, I like that.
The sauce is really key to this slider, it really makes the whole thing in my opinion. Honestly, I was the only one in the family that even tried it. I didn't push it with the others because I know how they are. However, it's very simple to throw together and would be great on so many other dishes. Perhaps throwing on other burgers, dipping french fries or chips in or maybe even some veggies.
Spice Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders w/Dijon Remoulade
For the Dijon remoulade:
1 cup mayo
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp dill pickle relish
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp black pepper
For the pork:
2 lb. boneless pork-loin roast
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
24 small dinner rolls, King's Hawaiian
2 cups baby arugula or lettuce
3 plum or Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
12 slices bacon, cooked, each cut into quarters to make 48 pieces
For the remoulade, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all spices for the pork loin together and generously rub all over the pork loin. Place on a rack of a roasting pan and let cook in the oven for 10 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue to roast for another 60 minutes. Using a meat thermometer, inserted into the middle of the loin, the temp should read 145 degrees. Let meat stand for 10 minutes.
To serve, carve roast crosswise into thin slices. Divide meat into 24 portions, probably about 2 slices for each slider. Top each bun with remoulade, pork, arugula, tomato and finish with two small pieces of bacon. Sliders are best served warm.
Now, I know you want to make these, don't you? How fun would they be served up this summer at a barbecue? To get you started, I've got a pretty sweet giveaway, courtesy of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. One lucky winner will receive the following:
$50 in pork coupons
A 3-piece grilling tool set
Bottle of a local BBQ sauce
Pork Be Inspired apron
You may enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below, you'll have two chances to win. You have until June 20th at midnight to enter, then I will have Rafflecoptor pick a winner!a Rafflecopter giveaway
A big thanks to the Iowa Pork Producers Association! They provided me with $20 in pork coupons, an apron and meat thermometer in order to help bring this post to you.