Spicy Pork Bulgogi Sliders

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It’s not often that you see Asian food gracing tables or tailgates once football season begins.  There are hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, pizza, 7 layer dip, and of course, plenty of beer, but nothing to represent the world’s largest continent.  I, for one, think that this is a tragedy (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get the picture), and I’m here to try to help right that wrong.  Today, I’m going to introduce you to a flavor explosion that every meat-and-heat loving sports fan should get his or her hands on immediately– Spicy Pork Bulgogi Sliders.
 
Spicy Pork Bulgogi Sliders.  Perfect for football season!
Bulgogi is a Korean meal most famously made with beef which has been marinated in a soy sauce based mixture.  Beef Bulgogi is great, and it’s one of the most well-known Korean dishes.  However, an even tastier dish can be found (at least in my opinion) when you opt for pork instead.  Pork Bulgogi doesn’t feature the signature soy sauce flavor of Beef Bulgogi.  Instead, Pork Bulgogi (or Dwaeji Bulgogi, as it’s called in Korea) is marinated and cooked in a fermented red chili pepper paste based sauce that is out of this world.  The paste is called gochujang, and it can be found at many grocers in the international aisle or at any Asian market, so don’t worry!  It’s a tad sweet and salty, spicy, and all-around delicious, and it will have your favorite football fans cheering for you when you use it in these sliders!
 
I topped my sliders with Kimchi Slaw, Wasabi Mayo, and Sriracha, but feel free to get creative if you’d like to switch things up.  I recommend eating these while sipping a cold Hefeweizen, which will balance the spiciness and bring out some of the sweet pepper flavor.  Sounds like my kind of meal!  Well, actually, it is… because I made these, and I ate them in that exact manner, and I would and will do it again.  You know what I meant though.
 
Spicy Pork Bulgogi Sliders.  Perfect for football season!
 

Spicy Pork Bulgogi Sliders
 
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These Korean-inspired sliders feature flavorful pork, kimchi slaw and wasabi mayo for a spicy snack this football season. Don't worry, the spiciness doesn't overwhelm the subtle sweet flavors of the red pepper paste!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 packs slider buns
  • Sriracha (optional)
For the Pork:
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, very thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 sprigs green onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup red pepper paste (gochujang or kochujang)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
For the Kimchi Slaw:
  • ½ head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced (or ready-shredded carrots)
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
For the Wasabi Mayo:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons prepared wasabi
Directions
For the Pork Bulgogi:
  1. In a large bowl or sturdy bag, mix all of the pork ingredients together. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  2. In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook the pork until it is well done and browned.
For the Kimchi Slaw:
  1. In a large bowl or plastic container, combine all of the kimchi slaw ingredients. Toss, cover, and then shake to make sure everything is coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, or overnight.
For the Wasabi Mayo:
  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Put it all together!:
  1. Generously pile the pork on the sliders, top with a bit of the Kimchi Slaw, and spread the wasabi mayo on the top bun. Serve with Sriracha on the side for those who like theirs extra spicy!

 
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