I think it has more of an Oriental flavor, and if I had not served white rice earlier in the week, that is one of the sides I would have chosen. Instead I chose a quinoa, brown rice blend (leftovers in the frig that desperately needed to be eaten) and marinated cucumbers. However, it also lends itself to side dishes that accompany BBQ well such as corn or potato salad. The pork is quite flavorful, so pick simple sides and serve a simple but amazing dinner.
Adapted from Lord Byron's Kitchen
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1/3 heaping cup honey
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pound pork loin chops (or pork loin roast), cut into 1" cubes
Toasted Sesame Seeds, for garnish
Chopped Parsley (optional for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium oven-safe baking dish (I used a cast iron dutch oven), gently toss the cubed pork with the salt and pepper, onion, and olive oil. Cover the dish with tight fitting lid or aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the pan from the oven and add the garlic, honey, and red pepper flakes. Gently stir the pork to mix the honey and garlic. Put the lid/aluminum foil back on and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, and remove the lid. Stir pork and put back into the oven, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes. Once desired thickness of sauce and browning have occurred, remove from oven, sprinkled with sesame seeds (and chopped parsley if some color is desired for presentation). Enjoy!
Honey Garlic Baked Pork Bites (printable version)