Italian Grilled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

May 19, 2013 2:02 pm

Broccoli rabe and provolone-topped porky heaven

grilled italian pork sandwich recipe
This Italian grilled sandwich features pork loin, broccoli rabe and smoked provolone on a hoagie.

Pro pit master Troy Black, a regular on the Kansas City Barbeque Society circuit, teamed up with the editors of Southern Living magazine to pen All Fired Up, a cookbook that'll keep you busy at the grill all summer long. We presume you know of the Italian pork sandwich, a meaty bomb packed with spicy, garlicky sautéed broccoli rabe and sharp smoked provolone. Here's how to make a great one.

Reprinted with permission from All Fired Up

Servings: 6


2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 (2 3/4-pound) boneless pork loin
1 bunch broccoli rabe
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
12 1/2-ounce smoked provolone cheese slices
6 hoagie rolls, split
  1. Stir together 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, rosemary, 3 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place pork in a baking dish; rub pork with garlic mixture. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Let pork stand at room temperature 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, light 1 side of grill, heating to 350° to 400° (medium/high) heat; leave other side unlit. Place pork over lit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 4 minutes, turning often.
  3. Transfer pork to unlit side of grill, and grill, covered with grill lid, 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145°. Remove from grill, and let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. Remove florets from broccoli rabe. Trim and discard 1/2 inch of stem from bottom of broccoli rabe. Cook leaves and stems in boiling water 2 minutes. Add florets; cook 5 minutes.
  5. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water, and plunge into an icewater bath. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add remaining garlic and red pepper; sauté 1 minute. Add broccoli; sauté 5 minutes. Add reserved 1/2 cup water; cook 2 more minutes. Arrange 2 cheese slices on bottom halves of rolls; top with pork, broccoli and tops of rolls.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
40 minutes plus marinating time
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
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