Slice buns in half horizontally. If desired, toast or warm through. Spread cut sides of buns with butter.
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for 1 minute or until there is enough bacon fat released to coat the bottom of the pan, stirring occasionally. Push bacon to side of the skillet and add the chops. Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper. Cook chops for 3 to10 minutes or until lightly browned and internal temperature on a thermometer reads between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), turning once halfway through. Remove chops and bacon, draining bacon on paper towels and resting chops for a minimum of 3 minutes.
For cocktail buns, cut each chop in half so you have 8 pieces. Place chops in buns. Top chops with steak sauce and bacon strips. These bacon-infused sandwiches are ideal for tailgating and cocktail parties.
Serves 8 appetizer sandwiches or 4 main-dish sandwiches
Italian: Before cooking, dip chops in 2 large eggs, then in seasoned fine dry bread crumbs to cover (approximately 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs per chop). Cook as directed except sprinkle on 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan or Provolone on each chop after turning the chops. Omit the butter and steak sauce. Spread buns with 1/2 tablespoon of pre-prepared pesto; add pork and bacon, then top with roasted red pepper slices and arugula
Asian: Cook chops as directed. Omit butter and steak sauce. Place pork and bacon on buns and top with 1 tablespoon bottled peanut sauce. Toss 1 cup shredded cabbage with 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar; add to sandwiches atop peanut-sauced chops.
Calories: 230 calories
Protein: 22 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Sodium: 300 milligrams
Cholesterol: 75 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
4 thin pork loin chops, boneless, 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick
2 slices bacon
8 cocktail buns, OR 4 hamburger buns
2 tablespoons butter, softened
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons steak sauce