Posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2018 in featured recipes, main dish

A Californian twist of the Nashville Chicken Sandwich. Crispy, spicy and savory – Meet your new favorite sandwich

The California Pork Sandwich is Big Poppa’s take on the Nashville Chicken Sandwich. If you’re a heat lover, you’ll sure love this spicy pork sandwich. The heat of this sandwich comes from a blend of Big Poppa Smokers Jallelujah Jalapeno Seasoning Salt, Cuckoo Racha Chili Dust (discontinued, sorry!), and other spices that together form an irresistible pork sandwich. 

Quick tip: To prevent your patty from soaking up the bun, place your lettuce and tomatoes on the bottom bun.

Course: Main Course   Cuisine: American   Prep Time: 30 min   Cook Time: 30 min   Servings: 4


1/2  Prime Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin

2 cups buttermilk

9 tablespoons (or to taste) Big Poppa Smokers Cuckoo Racha Spicy Chili Dust (this product is discontinued, but feel free to sub with another spicy seasoning, just make sure you don’t overdo it!)

1 teaspoon Tabasco Original Red

4 whole eggs

2 cups all purpose flour

5 tablespoons Big Poppa Smokers Jallelujah Seasoned Jalapeno Salt

1 tablespoon cayenne

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 cups oil (peanut oil recommended)

4 white buns (or bun of your choosing)

4-6 lettuce leaves

1-2 whole tomatoes (sliced)

8 slices of pickles

4 teaspoons mayonnaise (1 per burger)


Make the buttermilk mix: mix buttermilk, Cuckoo Racha Spicy Chili Dust (2 teaspoons), Tabasco Original Red and eggs in a bowl

Make the flour mix: mix flour, Big Poppa Smokers Cuckoo Racha Chili Dust (2 teaspoons), and Big Poppa Smokers Jallelujah Seasoned Jalapeno Salt in a bowl

Cut pork loin into half-inch portions and trim excess fat off

Place pork loin cutlet in a ziplock bag and tenderize

Coat pork loin cutlet in buttermilk mix, then dip in flour mix – let sit

Make the sauce mix: mix cayenne, 5 tablespoons of Big Poppa Smokers Cuckoo Racha Chili Dust, chili powder, paprika, onion powder and brown sugar in a bowl

Pour peanut oil into a pan and let the oil reach 325F

Place pork loin cutlet into oil and cook until brown (150F internal temp)

Remove pork loin cutlet and place on a plate

Pour remaining peanut oil into a cup – let it cool down

Pour remaining peanut oil into the bowl of sauce mix and whisk

Baste pork loin cutlets with sauce

Grab the buns, spread mayonnaise and begin to assemble your sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, cutlets, and pickles (in that order)



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