Pork Sliders Recipes and Pork Prize Pack Giveaway ($100 ARV)



February was American Heart Month. As I get older I notice myself caring more for my heart with daily exercise and eating better. Are you doing the same?  Last year I added pork to our weekly meal plans after I realized that it is low in fat and very tasty.
Did you know that:

  • On average, the most common cuts of pork have 16 percent less total fat and 27 percent less saturated fat than 21 years ago.
  • At just 120 calories, a 3-ounce portion of pork tenderloin is an “excellent” source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorous and niacin, and a “good” source of potassium, riboflavin and zinc — yet accounts for only 6 percent of the calories in a 2,000-calorie diet.
  • Fresh pork is naturally low in sodium (according to USDA database).
  • Pork tenderloin is now certified with the American Heart Association’s iconic Heart-Check mark! 
I was sent a Dressed for Health kit that included a ton of goodies!  One booklet contained the recipes that were being served at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards.  I had to try one of them so we “dressed down” and tried the Pork Tenderloin Sliders for lunch.

Pork tenderloin recipe

Pork Tenderloin Sliders
1 pork tenderloin, (1 pound), trimmed
1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 mini rolls, split and toasted
6 romaine leaves, torn
2 plum tomatoes, each cut into 6 slices

Cut pork about 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle pork on all sides with the seasoning. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning once, until the pork is browned about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Place the tenderloin in the rolls, top with lettuce, tomatoes, and the following sauce.

Spicy Avacado Sauce (makes a 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp.)
1 small ripe avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 tablespoon jalapeno, minced, including seeds
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced

pork tenderloin sliders

I improvised with some of the ingredients that I had around the house.  For example, I had whole wheat hamburger buns in the house, so I cut them in half and used them in place of the mini rolls. I also used a different lettuce, as I had spring mix/spinach mix. It turned out perfect, so use what you have and save a little money!

This recipe was a winner with my family. I used mayonnaise on the girls sandwiches rather than the spicy sauce that my husband and I used. The Pork Sliders were delicious and so easy to make.

1 slider with 2 tsp of avocado sauce contains: 20 Calories, 4g Fat, Og Saturated Fat, 25mg Cholesterol, 85mg Sodium, 10g Carbohydrates, 10g Protein, and 1g Fiber

For my second recipe I choose another pork recipe (Slow-Cooker Chile Verde Pork Chops) from the  The New American Heart Association Cookbook.  During the week we are pretty busy running around so I choose to make a slow cooker recipe.  I love the ease of our crock pot and find that there are a lot of really great crock pot recipes out there.

slow cooker pork chili

Slow-Cooker Chile Verde Pork Chops
4 boneless center-cut pork loin chops (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound fresh tomatillos, husks discarded, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro

Sprinkle the pork chops with the cumin, salt, and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, hear the oil over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom. BRown the pork chops for 2 minutes on each side. In a 3 1/2-4-quart slow cooker, stir together the remaining ingredients except the cilantro. Add the pork chops, spooning some sauce over them. Cook, covered, on high 2 to 3 hours or on low 4 to 5 hours, or until the tomatillos are tender and the pork is slightly pink in the center. Transfer the pork chops to plates. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the tomatillo mixture on top. Sprinkle with the cilantro.

Per serving: 218 Calories, 2g Saturated Fat, 1.5g Polyunsaturated Fat, 4g Monounsaturated Fat, 66mg Cholesterol, 194mg Sodium, 11g Carbohydrates, 23g Protein

pork chop recipe

We are a family of 5 so obviously I had to make more to feed all of us. I lucked out and found the family pack on special (the sell by date was getting close). Normally if I somehow miss a sale on meat this is how I purchase it and then either divide it up and freeze it or toss it as is, into our freezer.  I made 7 chops and doubled the recipe above.  Running out of time, as usual, I cooked it on high for around 3 hours and the chops turned out moist and flavorful.  This was another easy pork recipe that the whole family enjoyed and ATE – that last part is very important as we have three girls age 6 and under.

Also included in my Dressed for Health kit were coupons for the pork, a tote bag, water bottle, pedometer and digital meat thermometer (and you have a chance to win the same kit below!)

For more delicious and healthy pork recipes, visit Pork Be Inspired! Don’t just concentrate on your heart during February though, make it a point to eat better and get moving every day.  Just going for a short walk everyday makes me feel amazing!

THE GIVEAWAY is now closed

One winner received a Pork Prize Pack ($100 ARV) which includes:

  • Coupons to purchase lean cuts of pork
  • The New American Heart Association Cookbook
  • “Go Red” black tote bag from AHA
  • BPA-free water bottle
  • Pedometer
  • Digital meat thermometer
  • Pork booklet including the recipes served at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards


No purchase necessary. Open to residents of US only.  ONE ENTRANT PER HOUSEHOLD/IP Address! Giveaway ends March 16th at 9:00 p.m. (PST).  I check all entries – cheating will not be tolerated.  Winner will be notified via email and needs to reply within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Please make sure you check your spam folder – I will not be responsible if you did not receive winning email notification. Winners name(s) will also be posted on Winners List immediately after drawing has occurred. Winners will be chosen using the “And the Winner is” plugin.  Screenshots of winners available by request.  Prize will be shipped directly from sponsor or their PR Agency unless otherwise noted. **By entering this giveaway, you confirm that you have read and agree to my giveaway rules. Sponsor reserves the right to limit one prize per person/household (of this item/prize pack). Please allow 6-8 weeks for deliver of prize {though it is usually much sooner}. Although the National Pork Board is not sponsoring this giveaway, they are providing the Pork Prize Pack for the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Odds of winning: The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. All prizes will be awarded. Void where prohibited by law.

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About Author

In addition to contributing to Eighty MPH Mom, Jessie is the author of The Lucas Zoo blog. She has three beautiful daughters under the age of 6, and four "fur-babies". Jessie is passionate about her family, and also photography. You will rarely find her without a camera attached! Find Jessie on Twitter @thelucaszoo.


  1. I think our favorite way differs by season. In the summer we grill chops and ribs and in the colder months I use the slow cooker alot for the heartier meals. Pork is a very lean meat!

  2. I am a NC girl born and bred so I love to slow cook a pork butt and pull it then marinate it in my homemade NC BBQ sauce which is a vinegar base with red pepper flakes in it. Truly good stuff!

  3. I love to take a Boston Butt roast, cook in the slow cooker all day, and have pork tacos. So easy and delicious!

  4. I like to take a pork shoulder smother it a spicy rub, in a roasting pan covered in foil and put it into the oven at 200 degrees over night. In the morning I pull it out and the meat is just folling off the bone so juicy and tender.

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  6. I found a great recipe for a pork loin roast in the oven. You combine maple syrup, dijon mustard, vinegar, and soy sauce and pour over the roast and baste occasionally while it cooks.

  7. Love Pork~! I love Pork Loin because it doesn’t have all that fat. I hate fat and always cut it off. When ever I can I like to slow cook meat and in the winter months I use my crock pot all the time. Today it is a nice Roped Roast that has been cooking in the slow cooker for 2hrs on low. It smells so good ~! From Fall to Spring I slow cook my pork in my crock and once we can get outside we BBQ it on very low heat triple wrapped in foil to hold the juices in then remove the foil to cook it the last 3 minutes to give it that grill taste. We grill and cook outside as much as possible in the summer because our season is so short. I would love to try these new recipes. Thanks for sharing them with us and for having this wonderful giveaway :)

  8. I love pork and cook it different ways. If it’s a roast, I stick it in the oven over a bed of sauerkraut and apples. Boneless chops, I marinate and then grill. I also stir fry once in a while. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  12. I cook a pork shoulder in the crock pot. Then pull it off the bone and add barbecue sauce and serve it on slider rolls. It’s a family favorite!

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  14. I love pork chops, smothered in vidalia onion dressing, then slow cooked in a crockpot all day! So delicious and so easy!

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  22. my favorite way to cook pork is toss in the crockpot, tender and never fails. I am like you and find alot of pork on sell by, people fear pork when it is so tasty

  23. I love bbq pulled pork so I usually will cork pork ribs in my crock pot with bbq sauce till the pork falls off the bone

  24. I love making pulled pork with bbq sauce in the slow cooker. I cook it in rootbeer.

  25. Wow, really difficult choice-pork is my favorite meat . It is so versatile & so many different, yet equally great cuts. i will choose a slow roasted pork butt. You can make tons of meals with it-pork adobo, pork tacos/enchiladas, Verde chili, stroganoff, pulled pork sandwiches, pork & gravy, pot pie, etc. . It freezes well, too. Just so so good!

  26. Fresh pork is my favorite meat because it is so verstile and easy to cook. You can grill it, bake it, fry it or slow cook it in the crockpot. I used ground pork instead of ground beef in dishes like chili and spaghetti. My favorite way to cook port is in the crock pot. I throw in a roast with a little seasoning and go to work. When I get home the house smells wonderful and I just have to add a starch (potato/rice), make gravy, heat a vegetable and dinner is done. Oh, and the leftovers make great bbq for sandwiches.

  27. yum, i have a great recipe to cook pork in a cream sauce, it has wine and sun dried tomatos to mention a few. it is awesome and my mouth is watering writing about it.

  28. Very simple: I like to take a pork tenderloin, rub it with olive oil & barbecue rub seasoning then cook on the broiling pan in the oven.

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  31. My favorite pork dish is slow roast pork mixed with brown rice, rolled up in collard green leaves and steamed. Like stuffed cabbage only better.

  32. I like to barbecue pork in a crockpot and serve on the Hawaiian rolls.

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  37. I love to slow cook all my meat because it makes any meat so tender. In the winter we use the wood stove a lot in the winter because we have the wood stove going all the time to heat the house. I have an electric stove and electricity here is outrageous~! So to cook on the wood stove is free (did I ever tell you how frugal I was lol) I like to slow cook all my meats because it is more tender if you do. I can throw a pork loin in a pot of water put it on the wood stove and cook it for six hours and when you go to eat it you don’t need a knife. It falls apart with a fork. I usually quadruple the pork with butter in tinfoil and stick it on the grill and slow cook it for 3hrs and then take it out of the foil the last 10 minutes just to char it a bit to give it that grill taste and you can eat it with a fork then too. Delicious ~! I can’t wait to haul out the BBQ. Thanks for sharing this review and giveaway :)

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  39. I loved to cook smothered pork chops. They are grilled an then baked and covered in a white wine and mushroom gravy. Yummy!

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  40. My favorite is lightly breaded pork chops, fried. That’s the way my Mom served them.


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  42. My favorite way to cook pork is with a lot of spices then I sear it on both sides, then I bake it. Turns out moist and tasty.

  43. I love making baked pork chops with ritz crackers as breading!!!

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  45. I love pork so many ways. Two of my faves are marinated tenderloin and slow cooked pulled pork for bbq.

  46. Favorite way to cook pork, is BBQ. We like taking pork roasts cooking them and shredding then putting on bread yummy. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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    I like to put a pork roast in the crock pot with some seasoning and let it cook while I am at work. Then we either eat it as a roast or sometimes shred it and add BBQ Sauce for pulled pork sandwiches.

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  49. My favorite way is to make a pork stir fry spiced with Szechuan sauce. We just had that for dinner tonight. It was delicious.

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    My favorite way to cook port is grilled with sliced mushrooms.

  51. My favorite way is to put it in the crock pot with lots of bbq sauce! Then I pull it apart for delicious BBQ pork sandwiches!

  52. I like sweet and sour pork served over rice, but pork spareribs cooked on the grill, is awfully good, too.Thanks for the contest!

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  54. I think my favorite way to cook pork has to be in the frypan- because I am not very good at the other methods