Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Honey Lime Slaw

As a native Floridian, I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to cold weather. Okay okay, I hate cold weather. There, I’ve said it.

These chilly days have me craving one of my favorite summertime (ok…all the time) foods: pulled pork sandwiches.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been dreaming of days when it’s warm enough to walk outside without a sweater (or two) on or maybe it’s just because I really really love pulled pork sandwiches. Whatever the reason is, I didn’t care. Pulled pork is so good you don’t ever need an excuse to eat it. Ever.

This dish will transport you to warm, sunny weather with just one bite. The cherries lend additional sweetness to the BBQ sauce, and the chipotles add some heat and smokiness to warm you up on winter days like these. The honey lime slaw on top balances the flavors and compliments the pork perfectly. This is one of those high-five each other in between bites because it’s so damn good kinda meals. Oh, what I would give for 90 degree weather right now! Come on, Summer!!!

 

INGREDIENTS FOR THE PULLED PORK:

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 6 oz bag of frozen pitted cherries
  • 1 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped (you can add 2 if you like more spice)
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles in adobo)
  • 1 18oz bottle BBQ sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • buns or rolls for serving

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SLAW:

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 10 oz bag slaw mix
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine first 4 Pulled Pork ingredients in the bottom of the crock pot. Mix in ½ of the BBQ sauce.
  2. Season the pork shoulder with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper and place on top of the BBQ sauce mixture.
  3. Cook on low for about 6-7 hours, or until the pork can be pulled apart with forks.
  4. Remove the pork, shred it, and return to the crock pot.
  5. Add in the remaining BBQ sauce.
  6. Mix it all together and cook on low for an additional hour.
  7. As the pork cooks, prepare the slaw by mixing together all of the ingredients. Cover until ready to serve.
  8. When the pork is done, serve warm with slaw on fresh hamburger buns.
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