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Cuban Sliders with Mustard-Bourbon Glaze

Thick slices of  pork tenderloin piled high on a soft slider roll topped with melted Swiss cheese, sweet pickles, and a mustard-bourbon glaze.

Cuban Pork Sliders with Mustard Bourbon Glaze | | These mini sliders are perfect for entertaining, parties, and as a football appetizer.

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Dinner just got awesome! I mean, did you read that title? These Cuban sliders with mustard-bourbon glaze are dripping with bold flavor.

Smithfield Pork Tenderloin |

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need more sandwiches in my life. Besides the occasional burger, I very rarely indulge in a soft roll overflowing with tender meat. I used the help of Smithfield and their marinated pork tenderloin  to recreate my favorite meaty sammie, the Cuban.

A traditional Cuban sandwich is made with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. I ditched tradition and made my own variation, which I believe is better. I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Cuban Pork Sliders with Mustard Bourbon Glaze |

My version of the Cuban goes like this: A soft sesame seed slider roll topped with thick slices of roasted pork that has been marinated to perfection, freshly grated Swiss cheese that melts when it hits the warm pork, bread and butter pickles, and a mustard-bourbon reduction.

Sounds better, right? That’s because it is, if I do say so myself.

I used Smithfield‘s slow-marinated Golden Rotisserie Flavor Pork Tenderloin for this recipe. It comes pre-marinated, so all you have to do is remove it from the package and roast it at 400 degrees F. for 30 minutes. No prep. No mess.

While the pork is in the oven, prepare your mustard bourbon glaze. If you’re a bourbon lover, you’re going to love this glaze. As the bourbon reduces, the flavor concentrates and creates a rich, bold glaze. The glaze is a combination of bourbon, spicy brown mustard, and brown sugar–that’s it. It’s sweet and slightly zippy.

Easy Cuban Pork Sliders with Mustard Bourbon Glaze Recipe |

Slice your pork tenderloin thick and add it to your slider rolls. Top with grated Swiss cheese and pickles. Give each sammie a generous drizzle of the glaze.

Ready. Set. Eat!

Cuban Pork Sliders with Mustard Bourbon Glaze | | These meaty pork sliders come together with ease in 35 minutes.

These flavor-packed sliders are perfect for entertaining. The football fanatics in your house will love them. Since they come together in just 40 minutes, they’re the perfect sandwich to make on a busy weeknight.

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Cuban Sliders with Mustard-Bourbon Glaze

Thick slices of pork tenderloin piled high on a soft slider roll topped with melted Swiss cheese, sweet pickles, and a mustard-bourbon glaze.

Yield: 8 sliders

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes



  • 1 (1.5 pound) Smithfield marinated pork tenderloin
  • 8 slider rolls (or 4 regular-size rolls)
  • 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 16 bread and butter pickles
  • mustard-bourbon glaze (recipe below)

Mustard Bourbon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 4oo degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Place the pork tenderloin on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F.
  3. Remove the tenderloin from the oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Cut into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  4. Top each slider roll with 2-3 slices of pork, a generous pinch of swiss cheese, and two pickles. Drizzle each sandwich with mustard-bourbon glaze. Place the top bun on each slider. Serve.

Mustard-Bourbon Glaze: 

  1. Combine bourbon, mustard, and brown sugar in a saucepan; stir to combine.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces by half, about 7-8 minutes.
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15 Responses to “Cuban Sliders with Mustard-Bourbon Glaze”

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — November 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Oh these look super yummy. Perfect for game parties.


    • Jennie replied November 4th, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn. All the men-folk loved them.


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    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — November 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I LOVE cuban sandwiches and so glad you made your own version! They look amazing!


    • Jennie replied November 4th, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Samantha! I could eat Cuban sammies all day.


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    Julia — November 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Ugh these sliders need to slide their way into my face immediately! That pork sounds amazing – I could do a serious number on those porky cuban sliders, I tell ya what! Would it be weird if I drank all the mustard bourbon glaze?


    • Jennie replied November 4th, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I can make that happen, Julia. Oh my, the pork is amazing. It literally melts in your mouth. Yeah, I thought about sticking a straw in the glaze.


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    Jennifer — November 4, 2014 at 1:51 am

    these look so good!


    • Jennie replied November 4th, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Jennifer!


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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I am, most definitely a bourbon lover, so I would most definitely adore this sandwich!


    • Jennie replied November 5th, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Bourbon is the best! Thanks, Nicole!


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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — November 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I first tried a cuban when I was in Miami….and i basically have wanted one every single day for all the days since. They rock my taste buds so I am all about these sliders girl! Pinned!


    • Jennie replied November 5th, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Who could blame you? They really are that good. Thanks, Taylor!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 5, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I love a good slider and these look so yummy! Really lovin’ that glaze!


    • Jennie replied November 5th, 2014 at 10:47 am

      The glaze is money. Thanks, Stephanie!


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    Sophie — November 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Love slider recipes! This one looks delicious. My only concern is the use of Smithfield products. It’s a Chinese company that has farms here, but sends the pork back to China to process the meat and returns the product for purchase. Why not choose a product that doesn’t take jobs away from American citizens.


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