Yum: Korean BBQ Pork & Beef Sliders

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I’m so proud when I can draw on my Korean heritage to make something epically awesome and yummy. Which these sliders are: plump, juicy, full of salty/sweet flavor and so so good on lightly toasted Kings Hawaaiin Rolls. Seriously, these will make you the hero of any party. Get the recipe after the jump!

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To make these sliders extra juicy, I used a puree of onion, apple and ginger, just like I do when I make traditional marinated Korean short ribs. Just a few dashes of soy sauce and sesame oil and some chopped green onion and you have truly flavorful patties so moist they make a bit of a mess when pan frying. Well worth it, I say!

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For the pork sliders, I used the exact same recipe and process but added some red pepper flakes to make them spicy, just like traditional Korean BBQ pork!

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The Kings Hawaain rolls were a blessed accident. They were the only rolls available at the Korean market and I was too lazy to go another grocery store. Turns out my laziness paid off once again (huzzah!) because these squishy, sweet rolls compliment the patties beautifully.

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To garnish, I used sriracha mayonnaise and lightly pickled daikon radish strips that I got at an Asian market. But you could use regular cucumber pickles to equally awesome effect.

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This next pic makes me hungry every time I see it. EVERY. TIME.

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Korean BBQ Pork & Beef Sliders

Ingredients for Beef Sliders:

3 lbs ground beef

1/2 large apple (or asian pear)

1/2 large onion

1-inch piece of ginger root, trimmed

3/4 cup finely chopped scallions

4 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for Pork Sliders:

Same as for beef sliders, but use ground pork and add 2 tsp red pepper flakes

Garnishes:

Kings Hawaiian Rolls

Pickled daikon (if this is hard to find, you regular cucumber pickles also work great)

Sriracha Mayonnaise — stir 1/2 tsp sriracha hot sauce into 1/2 cup mayonnaise; add more sriracha if you like it spicy

Lettuce leaves

Directions:

Place the apple (or asian pear), onion, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and black pepper in a blender or food processor and puree. Add the puree and the chopped scallion (and red pepper flakes, if using), to the ground meat and mix until just combined. Make a small test patty and cook to make sure your meat is seasoned properly. Adjust seasoning as needed, then shape meat into small patties and fry in a cast iron skillet or on a grill. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side over medium-high heat for medium rare sliders.

To assemble, slice King’s Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally and lightly toast in a toaster oven. Add sriracha mayonnaise, pickles, lettuce and patties and dig in!

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