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  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins cook
  • 5 hours marinate

Southern-style sticky pork slices with quick pickles

Southern-style sticky pork slices with quick pickles

It doesn't get much better than this Southern-style sticky pork recipe when you want to indulge in a deliciously tender, flavourful meal. Serve in slices with homemade quick pickles


  • 800 g pork slices, bone in

Dry rub

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Basting suace

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Quick pickles

  • radishes, quartered
  • baby carrots, halved
  • 1/2 cup malt vinegar (for gluten free, use cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Combine the dry rub ingredients and use to rub all over the pork slices to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. For the basting sauce, combine the ingredients in bowl and stir.
  3. For the quick pickles, place the radishes and carrots in a jar. Heat the vinegar, salt and sugar together in a small pan to boiling, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool before pouring over the vegetables in the jar to cover. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes.
  4. When ready to cook the pork, preheat the barbecue grill. Brush the basting sauce over the pork slices and grill for 4-5 minutes on each side until just cooked through. Baste once again while cooking. Take off grill, cover and rest for 5 minutes before serving with the quick pickles.

This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.

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