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Ybor City Inspired Cuban Pork Sliders


2 lbs. ground pork
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/4c. grated Vidalia onion-squeezed dry
2 tsp grated lime zest
2 tbsp sour orange juice—juice from one orange
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp tarragon
1 loaf of Cuban bread—cut into 12 servings
12 small slices of swiss cheese
2 ripe plantains—cut into bite sized rounds
4 TBSP butter
3 ½ TBSP margarine--softened
2 TBSP prepared mustard
½ tsp ground cumin


To prepare patties, combine pork, garlic, onion, lime zest, orange juice, black pepper, salt, 1 tsp cumin, and 1 tsp tarragon. Mix well and form into 12 patties. Refrigerate while preparing spread & plantains.

To prepare spread, combine combine margarine, mustard, and 1/2 tsp cumin in a small bowl with a whisk. Set aside. When ready to toast, spread equal amounts on each side of cuban bread buns.

To prepare plantains, melt 4 tbsp butter in a cast iron skillet over a medium heat area of the grill. Add plantains and cook until tender and caramelized. Keep warm.

Brush the grill rack with oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per sideuntil the desired doneness is reached. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the buns cut sides down on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers, place a slice of swiss cheese and a patty on each bun bottom and top with equal portions of the the caramelized plantains. Add the bun tops and enjoy. Makes 12 sliders.


In Florida, Cuban sandwiches differ depending on where they are made. In Miami, a Cuban sandwich will always have pork roasted in a mojo marinade made of citrus, garlic, and spices. In Key West, they are nearly always made with lettuce and tomato. However, in Ybor City, a small community in Tampa, where the Cuban sandwich is suppose to have originated, they are always made with ham and/or roast pork, salami, swiss cheese, pickle, and a butter & mustard spread and served on crisp Cuban bread and sweet caramelized plantains on the side.
This burger, made into sliders, captures the traditional flavors of the Cuban mojo…lime, garlic, and cumin and is served on the Cuban bread of Ybor City with the sweet plantains balancing the spice of the mojo.