You'll love this Asian-inspired spin on Sloppy Joes. Made with ground pork in a sesame-ginger barbecue sauce, topped with a fresh cucumber salad. This easy dinner is ready in just 20 minutes!
Here's an Asian spin on an American class—the Sloppy Joe sandwich!
This version is made with ground pork, sesame-ginger barbecue sauce, and a refreshing cucumber salad all piled into a sesame seed bun.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
This Asian-inspired Sloppy Joe is a dinner dish that's super tasty and filling!
You'll love how the crunch and freshness from the cucumber salad perfectly compliments the salty-sweet barbecue sauce with toasted sesame seeds adding a wonderful nuttiness to each bite.
The best part though? This dinner is done and ready to eat in just 20 minutes.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
A short list of ingredients makes this unique recipe, easily achievable. We're using a bottle dressing to save a bundle of time.
Here's everything you'll need to gather:
- Sesame seed buns. These provide awesome texture and extra of that sesame flavor that works so well to compliment the other ingredients in this dish.
- Ground pork. You could use also ground chicken, beef or turkey but I really enjoy the slightly sweet taste of pork. I think it pairs nicely with the tangy Asian barbecue sauce.
- Sesame-ginger dressing. There are a number of bottled dressing that will work great with this recipe. I like PF Chang's Creamy Sesame Dressing but you can go with Newman's Own, Yo Mama's or another brand if you prefer.
- Ketchup. This blends with the sesame dressing transforming it into a barbecue-style, tomato-based sauce!
- Sriracha sauce. This layers into the sauce adding subtle heat and additional flavor. You can add more or less to turn the heat up or down.
- Garlic. I like to use garlic paste. It's easy. You just squeeze it right out of the tube into the pot (I just eyeball it!). But if you prefer, you can use minced garlic, garlic powder or fresh garlic.
- Toasted sesame seeds. These get added to both the pork and the cucumber salad. I personally love sesame seeds for their flavor as well as texture so I love this all three layers of this dish have sesame seeds. It's subtle but adds a nice texture to an otherwise very saucy dish.
- Cucumber, green onions and sesame seeds combine with more of the sesame dressing to form a quick cucumber salad that is good enough to eat by itself but also makes the perfect topping for this sandwich.
That's everything you'll need. Super simple yet tons of rich flavor.
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
Here's a quick look at the steps involved. You can get the full recipe, further down.
- Combine ingredients for cucumber salad.
- Brown pork and onions.
- Add dressing, ketchup and Sriracha sauce.
- Spoon cooked pork and sauce onto toasted buns.
- Top with cucumber salad.
- Add the top of the bun and serve.
Super easy. SO GOOD.
★ Tips and FAQs ★
Pork in sauce can be store in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
The cucumber salad will hold up pretty well for about 2-3 days, stored in the fridge.
Store buns, un-toasted according to the date on the package. For best results, toast right before serving.
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Asian Pork Sloppy Joe
- 2 green onions (scallions) divided
- 1 cucumber peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds divided
- 1 lbs ground pork (16oz)
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 cup ginger-sesame dressing, divided
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (more or less to taste)
- 4 sesame seed hamburger buns toasted
- Wash and slice green onions, separating whites from greens.
- Peel and slice cucumber then set aside in a bowl with ¼ cup of the ginger-sesame dressing, 1 tablespoon sesame seed and the scallion greens. (Toss cucumbers to coat in dressing)
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, scallion whites, and garlic paste. Stir until browned, about 4-6 minutes.
- Add ginger-sesame dressing, ketchup, Sriracha, and remaining sesame seeds to pork; cook for an additional 2 minutes.*
- Season with salt and pepper as desired. Reduce heat to simmer to keep warm.
- Using a slotted spoon, open and stuff toasted sesame seed buns with ground pork then layer on several slices of cucumber.