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Hula Joes |

Hula Joes


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pound smoked ham or bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 sweet onion, such as Maui or Vidalia, finely chopped (I used Vidalia)
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple, chopped* (the recipe calls for fresh but I used canned tidbits cut in half)
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 Kaiser rolls
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with one turn of the pan of olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Cook bacon in the pan until crispy, about 3-4 minutes, and remove it to a small bowl.
  2. Return the pan with the bacon fat back over the heat, add the ground pork and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until soft, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. While the pork and onions are cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire and tomato sauce. Pour into the skillet with the pork and onion, cook about a minute, then stir in pineapple. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. While the filling is cooking, split open the rolls and toast them under the broiler. (I added to the cheese at this point to get it nice and melty!)
  5. To serve, place a bun bottom on a plate with a scoop of Hula Joe mixture and a sprinkling of cheese. Top with the bun cap. Makes 4-6 sandwiches.
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