Bourbon-Mango Pulled Pork

Recipe courtesy Lizzie's Lunchbox
Show: Eat St. Episode: Truck Load of Fries
TOTAL TIME: 11 hr 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 10 hr 10 min
YIELD: 12 to 16 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

PERFECTLY SPICED SLOW COOKER PORK:
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
    MANGO-JALAPENO SLAW:
    • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
    • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, very thinly sliced
    • 1/2 medium head green cabbage
    • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced into 1-inch strips
    • Salt, for sprinkling
      SAUCE:
      • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and roughly chopped
      • 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
      • 2 teaspoons honey
      • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
      • 3 cups barbeque sauce (not hickory flavor)
      • Toasted sandwich buns or rolls, for serving
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        Directions

        For the slow cooker pork: Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top.

        Sprinkle the pork evenly with the cumin, garlic powder, salt, cinnamon, coriander and oregano. Pour 2 cups water around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.

        Cover and cook on low until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 8 to 10 hours. Turn the meat after it has cooked for 4 to 5 hours. When the pork is tender, remove from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Use the cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.

        For the mango-jalapeno slaw: Toss together the cilantro, lime juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, mangoes, jalapenos, cabbage, onions and sprinkle of salt gently and marinate in the refrigerator, at least 1 hour.

        For the sauce: Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the mangoes. Using a potato masher, smash the mangoes into a thick chunky paste and cook until the mangoes have reduced and darkened slightly, about 5 minutes.

        Add the whiskey, honey and chipotle powder and stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, allowing the alcohol in the bourbon to cook off. Stir in the barbeque sauce and remove from the heat.

        Gently stir the pork into the mango barbeque sauce, taking care not to break up the tender pork too much. It's desirable for each sandwich to have some chunks of meat that are identifiable as pork. Heat the pork until warmed through. Top the pork with the Mango-Jalapeno Slaw and dig in!

        Cook's Note: At Lizzie's we served the pork on toasted soft hamburger buns, but chewy bakery-style rolls are good, too.

        This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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        • on August 19, 2012

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          This recipe is excellent! I have never used pork sirloin before for a pulled pork dish and I was very pleased the way it turned out. Its got just enough fat for the dish to come out perfect. The only thing I would do different......I mixed all of the sauce in with the pork and it was a bit too saucy......next time I will mix in about 2/3 and put the rest on the side The sauce was very good too and I might use that for chicken, ribs etc. I will definitely make this again.

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