This recipe was a part of a recipe compilation we did in partnership with Smithfield to celebrate the kickoff of NASCAR season. This mighty tasty sandwich is like a French dip meets a cheesesteak, but with delicious, thinly-sliced pork sirloin. (And the roasted garlic and bacon gravy makes it that much more delicious)!
- Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Sirloin
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 oz. bacon fat or 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 hero roll
- 10 – 12 cloves roasted garlic
- Optional: horseradish spread
- Optional: caramelized onions
- 1 head garlic, top sliced off and most outer layers peeled
- Canola oil
NOTES: Conveniently pre-seasoned, Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is the perfect base for any style of dish – whether you’re entertaining or looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Simply grill, roast, sauté, or slow-cook and you’ve got a delicious meal ready in minutes. If you’re looking for a slightly different spin on this recipe, the sirloin comes marinated in an assortment of other flavors including Applewood Smoked Bacon, Roasted Garlic & Herb, Sweet Teriyaki and Slow Smoked Mesquite. You can also find these flavors in other cuts, such as the tenderloin (see our Bacon Cubano Sandwich).
Before searing the pork, use a paper towel to pat it dry first, This helps give it a crispier sear.
To Roast the Garlic:
- Wrap the head of garlic in foil. Before sealing entirely, pour canola oil all over the garlic so there’s ample oil inside the foil ball.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
To Make the Sandwich:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sear the whole sirloin out of the package in a large skillet over medium heat for 4 minutes. Using tongs, flip the tenderloin and sear the pork’s other side for another 4 minutes.*
- Move the sirloin to the oven and cook uncovered for 40 minutes on a baking sheet with a rack, flipping it halfway through. Once cooked, let sit for 10 minutes before cutting it into thin slices.
- In the skillet you used to cook the pork, add in water over medium heat and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up all the bits on the bottom. Let water reduce in the skillet for 2 minutes, lower the heat to medium-low and then slowly whisk in the flour and bacon fat (or if you prefer, butter) to make a brown gravy.
- Squeeze the roasted garlic into the gravy and stir.
- Begin to build your sandwich by placing several slices of sirloin on a hero roll.
- Immediately pour the hot gravy over the pork slices. Optional: add horseradish spread to the inside of the top hero half and caramelized onions atop your pork and garlic pieces.
- Serve with extra gravy for dipping.