Recipe Details

Asian-Style Pork Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


1 1/2 pounds ground pork
3 teaspoons peanut oil, divided
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 small carrots, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, minced (can use jarred minced ginger)
1 teaspoon garlic, crushed (can use jarred crushed garlic)
1 teaspoon Alpine Touch All-Purpose Seasoning, *
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese chili sauce, mild
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 green onion, sliced very thin
6 round kaiser rolls, split

Cooking Directions

Heat 2 teaspoons each of peanut and sesame oil in a 12” (high-sided) skillet. Turn heat to medium and add onion, bell pepper and carrot. Sauté for 4-5 minutes (stirring occasionally) until vegetables begin to soften. Add ginger and garlic, stir for an additional minute; pour into bowl.

Return skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining teaspoon peanut oil with ground pork and seasoning. Fry pork, breaking up all lumps with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink (4-6 minutes) or until no longer pink.

Add vegetables to skillet along with remaining ingredients, with the exception of green onions and rolls. Stir everything together, then decrease heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Warm Kaiser rolls in oven and place onto 6 plates. Divide Asian Sloppy Joe’s between the 6 sandwiches and sprinkle with green onion.

Serves 6.

* Visit to purchase Alpine® Touch All-Purpose Seasoning. Or substitute 1 teaspoon onion salt plus 1/8 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend for the 1 teaspoon Alpine® Touch All-Purpose Seasoning.

Serving Suggestions

Recipe from Michaela Rosenthal, winner of The National Pork Board’s “America’s Favorite Family Recipes Contest” in celebration of National Eat Dinner Together Week.

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About the Cut: Ground Pork

Ground Pork is pork that has been ground or finely chopped. It is unseasoned and usually is available fresh with an average lean-fat ratio of 70 percent lean, 30 percent fat. 

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About the Cooking Method: Braising

1. Coat meat lightly with seasoned flour, if desired.
2. In a large, heavy pan with lid, brown meat on all sides in a small amount of oil; remove excess drippings from pan.
3. Cover meat with desired liquid(s).
4. Cover pan and simmer over low heat on stove or in a low to moderate (275 to 300 degrees F.) oven for 1 to 3 hours, until tender.
5. If adding vegetables, add toward end of cooking time, during the last 20 to 45 minutes.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Originally sealed, prepacked ground pork will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer before cooking it, store it well wrapped in the freezer. Cooked leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days.

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To make a ground pork patty gently mix ground pork with desired seasonings, and then separate into individual amounts for each burger. Using both hands, shape the ground pork into circular patties about three quarters of an inch in thickness. Then, fry or grill your handmade creations for all to enjoy!

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