Char Siu–glazed Pork and Pineapple Buns

 

Char siu—Chinese-style barbecued pork—is popular throughout the Islands. We've used its sweet, tangy glaze on pork tenderloin and pineapple, and then tucked both into Hawaiian sweet rolls.

What you will need

1/4 cup kosher salt

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon Hawaiian vanilla extract*

2 pork tenderloins (about 1 lb. each)

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced ginger

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

12 slices of peeled and cored fresh pineapple

24 King's Hawaiian sweet rolls or other small soft rolls, warmed on the grill if you like

1 cup cilantro sprigs

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