These Pork Sandwiches are so good we’d be surprised if this pork recipe doesn’t become a firm favourite.
Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Cover and refrigerate the grilled pork for up to 2 days. Serve cold or reheat before serving.
- ½ cup orange juice
- Simply Orange Orange Juice Original, Pulp Free
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (see Tips)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 8 ounces pork tenderloin (see Tips), trimmed
- 1 small yellow onion, cut into ½-inch-thick rounds
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 2 whole-wheat buns, split horizontally
- ⅓ cup prepared barbecue sauce
- Combine orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, chipotle and sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a blender or mini food processor. Blend or process until the chipotle is chopped and the mixture is relatively smooth. Pour into a sealable plastic bag, add pork and seal, squeezing out any excess air from the bag. Turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
- Preheat grill to high or heat a large indoor grill pan over high heat.
- Remove the pork from the marinade (discard marinade). Grill the pork, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally into the center registers 145°F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Meanwhile, lightly brush onion with oil and grill until lightly browned and soft, turning once, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool on a cutting board.
- Lightly toast buns on the grill or in the pan.
- Chop the onion; transfer to a large bowl. Shred pork using two forks; add to the bowl. Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine. Divide the pork (about 1 cup each) between the buns.
- Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful, spicy sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they’ll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
- One pork tenderloin typically weighs about 1 pound, enough for 4 servings. You can marinate a whole pound in the same amount of marinade used to marinate the 8 ounces in this recipe and have enough cooked tenderloin for 2 dinners (for 2 people). Or freeze half for up to 3 months.