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Superbowl Sliders! Asian Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Sauteed Sweet Onions and Hot Mustard

Asian Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Sweet Onions and Hot Mustard

My sister emailed me this morning asking if I had any Superbowl Sunday recipes to share.  “When is Superbowl Sunday?” I emailed back.  “Sunday”  My sister replies.

Superbowl Sliders

Oh shoot!  Where have I been?  Hiding under a rock somewhere? I have obviously not been paying attention.  And yes, I’ve seen Ranger Craig watching football since the season began.  But it didn’t occur to me that Superbowl is a few days away.   Honestly, I think I’m way past Superbowl and Groundhog day.  I’ve moved onto Valentines already!

My new cutting board from my friend Heidi

Although I seem to be oblivious of football season, I’m not oblivious about the food involved.  So into my recipe vaults I went and pulled out this delish little dish.

Simply prepared and packed with flavor.  It’ll be a knockout with all the football fans in your home!  Hmmm… I think that’s a boxing term.   How about… it’ll be a roaring touchdown with all the football fans in your home!  I think that’ll work. 🙂

Grilled Asian Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Sautéed Sweet Onions and Swiss Cheese

Serves 12


2 lbs Pork Tenderloin (not marinated) Each whole tenderloin is about 1lb each.

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup mirin (Japanese cooking wine)

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon (or more to taste) Asian chili paste or hot sauce (I like Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste)

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

6-8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped

Dash of sesame oil

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Serve with:

Sautéed Sweet Onions (recipe below)

Hot mustard

Slices of Swiss cheese (optional)

Mini or slider buns, or Hawaiin Bread Rolls


Combine marinade ingredients in a large ziploc bag or glass baking dish.  Add the tenderloins to the marinade and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

To prepare:

Pre-heat the grill to 375F (The pork can also be oven roasted. See below).  Place the tenderloins on the grill and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F.

You may need to flip the tenderloins a time or two to keep the marinade from burning and evenly brown the pork.

When the pork is done remove from the heat and place on a cutting board to rest for 10 minutes.

Thinly slice the pork and assemble on slider buns, topped with a small slice of Swiss cheese and warm sautéed sweet onions.

Serve with Asian hot sauce or hot mustard mixed

*The pork can also be roasted in a 375F oven until the internal temperature reaches 145F.  About 20 minutes.

Add a little of the marinade in the roasting pan or baking dish to keep the tenderloin moist.

Sautéed Sweet Onions


3 large sweet onions, halved and thin sliced (Walla Walla, Vidalia, Maui, Texas Sweet)

4 tablespoons clarified butter or oil


Heat the butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan or skillet.  When the butter is melted and/or oil is hot, add all the onions. Keep turning the onions in the pan for the first few minutes to keep them from burning.  Turn down the heat to medium low if needed.

Let the onions cook down, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown and caramelized.  This usually takes about 20 – 30 minutes.  Once they are nicely golden brown remove them from the heat.

Season with a pinch of salt and serve with the pork sliders.

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    February 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This is a great easy recipe top put together, I’ll remember this one next Sunday!

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      February 2, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thanks for commenting Katya!! Just loving reading your blog and your recipes make me so hungry 🙂

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    Love and I Do
    February 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    omg looks so yummy!! def going to try!!

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      February 2, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Hope you love it! It’s a fun little dish that can be a main meal or a starter.

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    February 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Looks delicious! Hope I can find a similar recipe using beef.

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      February 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Sara, I have a simple BBQ Brisket that is slow cooked that would be so yummy as sliders. I don’t have it posted yet but I can email it to you.

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        February 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        Yes! Please!!

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          February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

          LOL! They are yummy Sara. If I lived closer I’d bring you a tray!

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    Chica Andaluza
    February 2, 2012 at 5:31 am

    No superbowl here, but I could pretend just so that I could make this!

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      February 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Hahaha! Truly, I don’t need any excuse to make these fun little sandwiches. They make a great appetizer or starter or just a fun lunch. Enjoy!

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    February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    oh my lot would love me if I served these up! great work.. c

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      February 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Cecilia! They are delish and my crew loves this recipe only they like to smother it in Swiss cheese. 🙂

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    February 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    These sliders look incredible! Perfect football food! 🙂

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      February 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      A yummy starter or snack indeed! Great for Superbowl Sunday.

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    February 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Totally yummy. I could definitely eat more than one.

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      February 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Karen, I could eat an entire plate! 🙂

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    February 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Whoa! Too good!

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      February 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Haha! They are indeed delicious!

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    February 7, 2012 at 3:18 am

    These look absolutely fantastic, I’ve got to try them. I agree with you.. its time to get into valentines day cooking! Hmmm… what goes nicely with chocolate?

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      February 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Yes please! Anything chocolate… can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂

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    February 2, 2015 at 9:10 am

    These were great!!! The folks that I had over loved them. I made a horseradish aioli and a mustard aioli with roasted garlic to go with them. I also put out some Swiss cheese and diced up some roasted red peppers. With some calico beans and an Asian slaw we had a great meal.

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      February 2, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Hi Jim, Thanks so much for the email! I am so happy you liked the sliders. 🙂 The horseradish and mustard Aioli’s sound fabulous. Love all the additions… where was my invitation? 😉 Thank you again for taking the time to email. Delicious Wishes!

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