Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 in main dish

A refreshing, Asian-inspired pork recipe the whole family can enjoy

Big Poppa’s Pork Nuggets with Orange Sauce is a refreshing twist on the popular orange chicken. The buttermilk pork nuggets are so good, you can eat them by themselves (we recommend eating them with Big Poppa’s Orange Sauce. You won’t regret it!)

Big Poppa’s homemade orange sauce is rich in flavor and much tastier than an ordinary bottled orange sauce (with less sugar too!) Big Poppa’s Pork Nuggets with Orange Sauce is a dish the whole family will enjoy, even the pickiest eaters will be begging for seconds.

Course: Main dish   Cuisine: American    Prep Time: 45-50 min   Cook Time: 30-40 min   Servings: 4


1/2 Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin

4 whole eggs

2 tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce

2 cups buttermilk

2 cups flour

4 tablespoons Big Poppa Smokers Little Louie’s Garlic Salt w/ Black Pepper


1 cup white processed sugar

2/3 cup rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Big Poppa Smokers Cuckoo Racha Chili Dust (discontinued, sorry! feel free to sub in another spicy seasoning/spice)

2 teaspoons Big Poppa Smokers Double Secret Steak Seasoning

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2-3 tablespoons peanut oil (depending on size of skillet)

1/2 teaspoon garlic (minced)

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1/4 slice of an orange

1/4 slice of a lemon

1/4 teaspoon cornstarch


Cut and trim pork loin into bite-size nuggets (make sure to trim the fat off)

Place the nuggets in a plastic bag and tenderize

Prepare the buttermilk sauce: mix 4 eggs, Tabasco Chipotle Sauce and buttermilk into a bowl

Prepare the flour: mix flour and Big Poppa Smokers Little Louie’s Garlic Seasoning w/Black Pepper into a bowl

Take the nuggets, dip them in the buttermilk sauce, coat them in the flour mix, then shake off excess flour

Preheat skillet

Make the orange sauce: mix white processed sugar, rice wine vinegar, Big Poppa Smokers Cuckoo Racha Chili Dust (or sub), Big Poppa Smokers Double Secret Steak Rub and soy sauce (mix until sugar is dissolved) in a bowl and set aside

Add the following to the skillet: peanut oil (to taste), garlic and ginger

Allow ingredients to brown, then add the orange sauce mix, sesame oil, a squeeze of orange juice, lemon and cornstarch to the skillet

Let it simmer for about 2 minutes, allow it to cool down , then pour sauce into a bowl

Preheat skillet

Fry the pork nuggets in peanut oil

Remove the nuggets when internal temperature reaches 150F

Add orange sauce to the nuggets

Plate nuggets and add remaining orange sauce (to taste)

Sprinkle some green onion over the top and serve


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