Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled pork is one of my favorite foods. I have had it many different ways, spicy, tangy, sweet and combinations of all of the above. I also love the fact that you can make the meat easily in the crock pot. Of course the proper way is to smoke the meat but with a growing family I do not have time for that. After watching a cooking show and someone mentioned hawaiian pulled pork I got inspired to experiment. This was the outcome. I have brought it to pot lucks and parties and it is a huge hit especially when paired with my Hawaiian Slaw (link below). Hope you love it!

Hawaiian Pulled Pork

1 pkt. McCormick grill mates Hawaiian Luau dry marinade 
1 Tbs. paprika
1 tsp. pepper
4 lb boneless boston butt (any boneless pork roast will work)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup chili sauce
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 medium onion chopped into big chunks
2 carrots chopped into big chunks
2 packs Hawaiian rolls (you can use regular buns but these are sweet)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. ginger minced
2 tsp. garlic minced

In a bowl combine the dry marinade, paprika, and the pepper.
Rub the pork with dry mixture, using all of it and set aside.
In a bowl mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and pineapple juice and set aside.
Place the chopped onions and carrots into your slow cooker.
Place the pork on top of the veggies and pour half of the pineapple mixture on top of the pork. 
Reserve the remainder of the pineapple mixture to make the sauce.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Lift your lid and the pork should look something like this

At this point the meat should be ready to fall apart. 
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and place on your cutting board.
Discard the juice and veggies in the crock pot.
Using 2 forks shred the pork and place back into the slow cooker.
It will look something like this.

Now time to make the sauce!
In a medium pot heat the oil over medium heat. 
Add the ginger and garlic and saute until soft making sure not to burn them about 2 minutes.
Add the remaining pineapple mixture that you set aside and bring to a boil.
Boil for about 10 minutes until it becomes a sauce like consistency.
Pour on top of the pork and mix it well making sure to cover all of the meat.
Cover and let the flavors incorporate for about 30 minutes. 
Serve on hawaiian rolls as sliders or on your favorite bun!
Make sure you try it with the Hawaiian Slaw (pic and link below)



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