Cuban Pork Sliders + a GIVEAWAY!

Cuban Pork Sliders Final 2 First item of business: Happy Monday! Second: daylight savings killing me!!! UGH! –> that’s exactly how I feel about it. Who’s idea was it to skip an hour in the middle of the night? I would like to strangle them.  Losing sleep is never a good idea, ok. NEVER. Lucky for me….and you I’ve got something to turn your frowns upside down!

1. A giveaway!! Keep reading for more info…

AND….

2. Surprise to Brooke from Baking with Basil on your virtual baby shower! Brooke was pregnant with twins, but just recently had her beautiful baby boys! {Congratulations!} Brooke and I met in Nashville when she was barely showing her little bump off. I didn’t know she was having twins ’til a while later and that’s when I started to blog stalk her. One day on Twitter we were talking about babies and weight when she told me that she had gained 30 pounds while being pregnant with 2. Ummm….

Can you guess how much I gained after growing just 1 baby? Actually, never mind. That’s not important.

What IS important is baby shower food! :) And since I’m a part of this virtual part-ay, I couldn’t come to the table empty handed. So, I made some darling little baby Cuban Pork Sliders. The key to baby shower food is making delicious food in miniature form. Do that, and you’re golden.

Since I got this gorgeous pot from my friends at Le Creuset {hint hint} I thought I’d make some pork for these mini sandwiches. Super easy and super delicious! Here’s the step-by-step:

Cuban Pork spices The first thing to do is get some spices and seasonings together in a bowl. I have all of these on hand all the time. Cumin goes into anything Mexican and oregano is very Italian.

Cuban Pork 1 So once all of that is measured, grab a pork roast {technically a pork loin} and get sprinkling.

Cuban Pork 2 Pour the seasoning overtop and rub it all in.

Cuban Pork 3 Now we’re going to sear the meat in a little olive oil.

Cuban Pork 4 I didn’t quite take photos of this process, but you’ll get the idea. See the brown meat? That’s from the searing. Once you get the sides all brown and tasty, toss in some chunky onion pieces, some smashed garlic cloves, slices of lemon, bay leaves and chicken broth. Cover this and simmer or 250 degree oven for 1-2 hours, depending on how large your roast is. Let me take the time to warn you that this stuff is going to smell AMAZING.

Cuban Pork 5 Once it’s thoroughly cooked, we’re going to Remove the roast to a plate and cover with foil to rest.

Cuban Pork 6 After a few minutes, slice the meat up pretty thin and build your sliders.

Mini Hamburger Buns Final 2 Make sure you buy some or make some of these cuties!! My recipe is here.

Cuban Pork Sliders Final 1 Into my slider, I put lettuce, pork, provolone cheese, pickles, hot pepper rings and mustard. OMG….life changing!! A tangy, salty and cold bite! Mmmm…..

Feel free to make these into regular sized burgers or sandwiches. And, traditionally there is deli ham on there as well but I didn’t have any on hand. Switch it up however you like! :)

If you’re interested, here are the other recipes from the bloggers participating in this baby shower: Malted Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from The Fearless Homemaker, Baby Spinach Bassinets from Bake Your Day, Two Peas in a Pod Sugar Cookies from Chocolate and Carrots, Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting from Table for Two, Tomato Basil Bruschetta from Fervent Foodie, and Green Pea Pesto Crostini from Life Undeveloped.

Here’s the recipe:

Cuban Pork Sliders

Yield: 18 sliders

Ingredients:

18 slider rolls {use this recipe if you can't find them at the store}
1.5 lb. boneless pork loin roast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 large onion, diced into large pieces
5 cloves garlic, smashed
2 bay leaves
1 lemon, sliced
toppings for your sliders: lettuce, provolone cheese, deli ham, pickles, yellow pepper rings and mustard

Directions:

In a small bowl, stir salt, pepper, cumin and oregano together. Rub onto entire roast and set aside. Heat oil in large heavy bottomed braiser. Sear meat on all sides until brown. Toss in onions, garlic, bay leaves, lemon slices and chicken stock. Stir and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1-2 hours or until meat is thoroughly cooked. OR place into a 250 degree oven for 2 hours or until meat it thoroughly cooked. Remove roast from pan and cover to rest. After 10 minutes, slice meat into thin pieces and build sliders with desired ingredients. Serve.

*GIVEAWAY TIME*

Le Creuset has offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win a beautiful 5-qt. braiser. {Isn’t it purdy? I love this yellow color!} I used this pan to make this recipe and it worked like a charm. :) Le Creuset products last FOREVER and work perfectly for slow cooked recipes on the stove top or in the oven. If I could somehow manage to get my hands on ALL their products, I think I would die because I love them so much and I’d never have to buy cookware again!

Le Creuset Pot Giveaway Do you want to win this? Here’s how to enter:

1. Answer the following question in the comments below: “If you won this braiser, what color would you choose?
2. Like Le Creuset on Facebook.
3. Like Le Creuset on Twitter.
4. Like Lauren’s Latest on Facebook.
5. Follow Lauren’s Latest on Twitter.
6. Subscribe via email to Lauren’s Latest.
7. Follow Lauren’s Latest on Pinterest.
8. Follow Lauren’s Latest on Instagram.{@laurenslatest}

Be sure to leave SEPARATE COMMENTS for each entry in the comments section below–which means you can have up to 8 entries.

Giveaway starts Monday March 12th at 12 am PST and will close Sunday March 18th at 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be selected via random number generator and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. Contest only open to US residents. {Sorry International Friends!}

Good Luck! :)

Le Creuset supplied me with their products to review. I was not compensated for my review and the opinions expressed here are as always my own!

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1,155 Responses to “Cuban Pork Sliders + a GIVEAWAY!”

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    audrey — March 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I would love the green colored braiser

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    audrey — March 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

    this is for liking le creuset on facebook

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    audrey — March 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

    this is for following le creuset on twitter

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    audrey — March 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

    this is for liking you on fb

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    audrey — March 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

    this is for following you on twitter

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    audrey — March 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

    this is for subscribing to your email

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    Claudia — March 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I’m really liking the yellow color too!

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    Jessica F — March 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I’d probably choose yellow, love how bright it is and I went to Michigan so I love yellow or blue anything :)

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    Jessica F — March 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I already like Le Creuset on facebook!

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    Jessica F — March 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

    following Le Creuset on twitter @jfong1130

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    Jessica F — March 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I like Lauren’s Latest on facebook!

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    Jessica F — March 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

    following Lauren’s Latest on twitter @jfong1130

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    Jessica F — March 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    following you on pinterest!

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    Claudia — March 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I think I would choose the yellow too!

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    amy marantino — March 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

    green

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    amy marantino — March 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

    i Subscribed to Lauren’s Latest emails

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    Rebecca Lovell — March 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’m totally loving the yellow! So happy!

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    Rebecca Lovell — March 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

    And I liked them on Facebook!

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    Rebecca Lovell — March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    And I’m following them on twitter.

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    Rebecca Lovell — March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    And I now like you on Facebook

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    abbi — March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I would love the orange color!

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    Rebecca Lovell — March 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

    And I’m following you on twitter!

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    abbi — March 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I like on Facebook!

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    abbi — March 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

    and I also follow on Pinterest!!

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    Rebecca Lovell — March 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

    And follow you on Pintrest. Thanks for all the chance!!

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    Leanne Gerber — March 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    If I had a choice I would chose red……….but I’m certainly not picky and would take any color Le Creuset!

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    Leanne Gerber — March 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I am now following Lauren on Twitter

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    Leanne Gerber — March 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I have subscribed to Laurens emails.

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    Leanne Gerber — March 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am now following Lauren on Pinterest.

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    Leanne Gerber — March 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I am now following LeCreuset on Twitter.

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    marghe@lechatdesucre.com — March 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    mmmhhh….gorgeous post!! This looks delicious!!

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’d choose blue, to match my other pieces :)

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I follow LC on Facebook

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I follow LC on twitter.

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Heather Carnell — March 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I subscribed to Lauren’s latest emails. I would love the yellow one! It’s so summery and my kitchen is yellow!

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    Katie — March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Cherry to match the red theme in my kitchen :)

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    Katie — March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Following you on Pinterest!

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    Katie — March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Already like LC on FB!

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    Jennifer — March 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I would love the green one!

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    Jessen — March 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Definitely the Yellow – It’s my favorite color. My bedroom is Yellow, and so is my Kitchen! =)

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    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — March 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I follow you on twitter

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    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — March 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I would get the red braiser! It’s so pretty!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — March 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Oh I love cubans and these look delicious!

    I would choose the fennel, or I am really loving this yellow color too!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — March 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I like LC on FB

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I follow LC on Twitter.

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    Rachel — March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I would pick the blue – reminds me of the ocean!

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    Rachel — March 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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