Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pulled Pork with Mango Sauce

Aarti hits in another home run with this fantastic pulled pork recipe.  I've had great luck with her recipes in the past, and this one was no different.  Super tender pulled pork is stirred into a sweet and spicy mango sauce - the original recipe called it a BBQ sauce, but we didn't really think it tasted like BBQ.  That didn't make it any less delicious - topped with a tangy coleslaw (recipe here), this pork makes a fantastic lunch or dinner.  I really enjoyed all the different spices going on in this recipe - it made for a unique dish that didn't taste like the usual pulled pork sandwich.

Pulled Pork with Mango Sauce (adapted from Aarti Party)

For the meat
4 pounds bone-in pork butt
2 T brown sugar
2 T kosher salt
1 T paprika
1 cup chicken stock

For the sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 onion, finely minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 cups mango puree
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1. Combine the brown sugar, salt, and paprika in a small bowl.  Rub all over the pork, and then place in a large bowl and cover with plastic.  Marinate overnight, in the refrigerator.
2. In the morning, place the pork into a slow cooker, along with any accumulated juices.  Pour the chicken stock over, and then cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the pork is falling-apart tender.  You may want to flip the pork once or twice during the cooking process.
3. Meanwhile, make the sauce.  Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat, until shimmering.  Add the cumin and fennel seeds.  Once the sputtering subsides, add the onions, garlic, and ginger.  Saute until they soften but don't let them brown.
4. Add the mango puree, lime juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil, and then cover and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer the sauce for about 3 hours to let the flavors develop.
5. When the meat is ready, remove from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Add to the mango sauce and let simmer for about 30 minutes to let flavors combine.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as necessary.


  1. I like this recipe a lot, it is one of my favourites now after i`ve tried it yesterday and it was very good, thanks for sharing and also thanks for your good explanations.

  2. That mango sauce sounds delicious!

  3. Pulled pork and mango sauce sound delicious!

  4. Yum, what great flavors to use with pork...this recipe sounds so delicious!