Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mango Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Where to begin? We love The Next Food Network Star. My hubby and I are die hard, I mean seriously. We watch every episode and actually look forward to it all week! We were gunning for Aarti to win from the beginning- Indian food rocks our world. She pulled it out! And then she pulled these out...Mango Pulled Pork. Seriously?! What could be better? Sweet, delicious mango on tender, juicy pork that falls apart in your mouth with just a kick of flavor. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. (And I used the leftovers to make Mango Pulled Pork Enchiladas...which in my opinion, are MORE Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Really!)
Mango Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Printable Version

1 boneless pork shoulder (boston butt), about 3 pounds
1 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Mango BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 onion, finely minced
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced (seeds discarded if you don't like it spicy)
Kosher salt
2 cups mango puree (5 mangos, 1/2 lemon, 2 Tbs. sugar)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
10 rolls, sliced

Rub: Combine the rub ingredients, in a small bowl and massage it into the pork shoulder until well coated. Refrigerated until ready to use, 3-24 hours.

Mango BBQ sauce: In a large saucepan, warm the oil, over low heat, until hot and simmering. Add the cumin and fennel; they should splutter upon contact - be careful! Add the onions, ginger and serrano and a little salt, to taste. Saute until they soften but don't let them get any color. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Simmer about 5 minutes. Taste and season.
Place pork shoulder in crock pot. Pour 1 cup chicken broth over pork and cook on low for 4 hours. After 4 hours, drain liquid and replace with Mango BBQ Sauce, RESERVING 1 cup of sauce. Cook an additional 3 hours on low.
Remove the pork from the saucepan and shred it using 2 forks. Return it to the sauce and stir to coat with the sauce. Put a generous spoonful of the pork on top of sliced  bun, top with a reserved Mango BBQ sauce. (This is key! The extra sauce makes these sandwiches!)
Recipe adapted form Aarti Party


Michelle said...

Ooh I wish I had cable to watch that show! Actually, the Food Network is about all I miss about cable. These look so good! Great flavor combo.

Jenna O. said...

I am definitely making this BBQ sauce, and slathering it on EVERYTHING. BBQ & mango are two of my favorite things!

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