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Happy Friday! Can you believe this week has already passed?

It’s the Friday before a holiday, and I have to admit that my mind is already on holiday break mode. We aren’t doing anything really big for the weekend, but I’m already ready to check out and take a little bit of time off.

So I’m keeping it short today. Especially since I didn’t even prepare any great Memorial Day food to post this year. (I do have a last minute appetizer coming up on Monday – so I’m not completely under-prepared!!) But I had to share these sandwiches with you. They are easy and perfect for a Friday night. A little bit of spice (or a lot, if you get jalapenos like the ones I had!!) and a lot of goodness going on. I do have to say, though, the meatballs themselves weren’t very exciting. I might add some grated onion or spices next time around, but when they are combined with the pickled radishes, jalapenos, and cilantro – I thought it all worked together magically. And they were definitely a change up from our normal sandwiches!!

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Smoky Pork BBQ Sandwiches
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Easy pork meatballs are made into sandwiches with pickled radishes, jalapeno slices and cilantro.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 4 hoagie rolls, split and toasted
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  1. In a small bowl, combine the radishes, vinegar and sugar. Allow to sit and marinate, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place the oven rack in the top third of the oven . Preheat the oven to 425F.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground pork and 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 16 balls.
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the balls on the foil. Baste with some of the remaining barbecue sauce. Bake for 10 minutes, flip the meatballs and baste with more of the sauce. Bake until cooked through, 10-12 more minutes.
  5. Spread the mayonnaise on the toasted rolls. Layer on the pickled radishes, meatballs, cilantro and jalapenos.

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24 Responses to Fridays with Rachael Ray – Smoky Pork BBQ Sandwiches

  1. Rosa says:

    Tasty sandwiches!



  2. Tieghan says:

    Mmm!! These look so good!

  3. You had me at smoky pork bbq – delish! These are a great summertime sandwich, for sure. Happy long weekend! 🙂

  4. Love all the flavors going on in this sandwich!!

  5. These look soooo good!

  6. I seriously want to reach in my screen and eat this!!

  7. Chels R. says:

    There are not enough recipes that use radishes! Looks great!

  8. Angie says:

    These look so pretty, I love them!

  9. Joanne says:

    Hey these could totally be awesome Memorial Day fare!

  10. These look so tasty, perfect for summer BBQs!

  11. Tracey says:

    These sound so good! We really like ground pork and I’m always looking for new ways to switch it up. Gorgeous photos by the way 🙂

  12. Emily says:

    These look like the perfect Memorial Day sandwiches!

  13. There is nothing wrong with this sandwich! (that means it looks amazing!)

  14. A few carrots and daikon and you’d have a meatball banh mi. Looks great!

  15. Now this would definitely be man-ivore approved in this house! He’d be lucky if he got a bite before I got to these beauties though… Mmmm!

  16. Such a good idea. I’ll have to show my boyfriend these. He’ll be in love!

  17. What a fun alternative to traditional meatballs.

  18. What a fun alternative to traditional meatballs.

  19. Jaclyn says:

    These look so good! I love your pictures!

  20. Scrolling down I stopped when seeing the radishes! Oh man, these sandwiches look delicious! I can only imagine how great they smell too. When picking our radishes, I know some are going on this sandwich sub!

  21. Loving this so much! Italian meatball subs are my absolute favorite but I really really love this fun twist on them!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum! This sandwich looks perfect, I love pork sandwiches 🙂

  23. carrian says:

    Gorgeous photos!!! I still don’t know how to make it al in focus lol!

  24. Ali B. says:

    As I was making this, I was tasting all the component parts and wondering how this was possibly going to come together. I even suggested to my husband that we might have to order pizza. FEAR NOT! This was the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever had. I used fresh made hoagie rolls from the grocery store and served it up with some green beans stir-fried in sesame oil with ginger and garlic. Seriously, fantastic recipe. Will make this again and again.

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