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King’s Hawaiian Cheesesteak Sub

Philadelphia ain’t got nuttin’ on this cheesesteak sub! This is my last entry into the GoPupule contest and it might be my favorite. Although, it’s really hard to pick just one. I love them all and King’s Hawaiian rolls have been my favorite bread since I was in elementary school so I love these recipes. Mancub eats an entire package of the rolls in one sitting. Plain. Not heated or with butter or anything. They are that good!

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The combination of flavors and textures is a party in your mouth. Gracious! It’s also budget friendly!

I marinated a skirt steak in a simple marinade then grilled it outside. (You can also broil indoors.) Slice cooked steak into thin strips.

I made caramelized onions and a slaw of cabbage, jicama, red onions and pineapple.

I combined 1 stick of softened butter with 4 cloves of minced garlic and spread the mixture on the inside of both sides if the mini sub rolls, then I placed them under a preheated broiler and broiled just until light golden. (Line your pan with foil to help with clean up.)

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Arrange sliced steak over the bottom half the toasted sub roll. Top with a spoonful of the caramelized onions then cover the onions and the top half of the roll with provolone cheese.

Place back under the broil and broil until the cheese has melted.

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To serve, spoon some of the slaw over the top, add a couple of slices of jalapeno (if you like heat), the top with the top half of the roll.

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Sink your teeth into the yummiest cheesesteak sub ever. Pause as your eyes roll back in your head. Now grab a napkin and wipe off the juicy goodness running down your chin and arms.

I didn’t say it wasn’t messy :)

NOTE: This also makes a great appetizer. Just cut each sub roll in half or thirds before assembling.


King’s Hawaiian Cheesesteak Sub

Rating: 51

Yield: 10-12 normal people, 4-6 defensive linebackers or teenage boys, 24 appetizers

King’s Hawaiian Cheesesteak Sub


  • 1 skirt steak (1- 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large sweet onions, cut in half, peeled, then thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • SLAW:
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded (or 3 cups cabbage slaw mix)
  • 1 jicama, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 packages King's Hawaiian Mini Sub Rolls
  • 12 slices provolone cheese, cut in half
  • jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced (optional)


  2. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over skirt steak in a sealable plastic bag or a shallow dish.
  3. Refrigerate six hours to overnight.
  4. Grill steak for approximately 4 minutes per side or broil to desired doneness.
  5. Let steak rest for 15 minutes then cut into very thin slices.
  7. Place large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add butter and onions to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften and start to get golden.
  9. Add salt, pepper and brown sugar.
  10. Stir to coat.
  11. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 30-40 minutes or until onions are brown and caramelized. (Onion candy!)
  12. Set aside.
  14. Combine cabbage, jicama, onion and pineapple in a mixing bowl.
  15. In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper with a whisk.
  16. Pour dressing mixture over the cabbage mixture.
  17. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
  19. Combine softened butter and garlic then spread over the inside of both sides of the sub rolls.
  20. Place under the broiler about 10 inches from the broiler for about 3-4 minutes or until just golden.
  21. Arrange steak, then onions on the bottom half of the golden rolls.
  22. Place a half slice of cheese over the onions and another half over the top half of the roll.
  23. Return to the broiler and broil for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  24. Spoon slaw over the steak side.
  25. Arrange jalapeno slices over the slaw (if using) then top with the top half of the roll and serve.

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