Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork with Mango Slaw

by Andie Mitchell on April 12, 2011

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Dear Mum,

I made pulled pork last night, and…well…I just feel sour about it. No, not because the pork was bad.  In fact, it was sweet and saucy and smoky all at the same time. You know how I love that. And no, not because I will now have homemade barbecue sauce underneath my fingernails for 72 hours and also as a happy reminder on my favorite pink camisole. No, not even because when I eat barbecue I speak in a slow Suthun’ drawl, real lady-like, and Daniel reminds me he doesn’t love my Paula Deen. Or my Al Pacino, for that matter.

[Hoo aww.]


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So, what made me sour? Tough to tell at first, especially since I loved the meal so much I felt a little pale blue for the rest of the night. Nothing quite sets me afire like a meal I can eat with my hands, lick on my fingers, and marry with creamed corn. Except for Leo. But you know that already. And he never called again after we finished filming Shutter Island. I know. I’m sad too. No, but like, really sad. But do you think–

Oh nevermind.

What was I writing you about?


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Oh. Yes. The pulled pork.

I guess I’m just going to have to place a little blame where blame is due. And you know how I love to blame you. Admit that it’s a little fun. No?

Well, we’ll agree to disagree. But I’m right.

No offense.


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So anywho, here it is, my (latest) grievance with you: I just think you should have made me a pulled pork sandwich before I turned 26 and learned to make it own my own. I mean, that’s verging on three decades without so much as a dribble of barbecue sauce down my chin. And listen, pork is my favorite meat. If pressed (and please, God, I’m only being hyperbolic with my mother, so like, don’t make this true), I would forsake all other meat for a lovely piece of pig. A chop, a rib, a belly, a butt. I’m easy like Sunday morning. (We both know that’s untrue, but for the sake of simile, we’ll defer to Lionel Richie, k?)

Where do we go from here? Well, I think you could just apologize, buy me a few Mallo Cups, and call it even for that time I spread Elmer’s Glue on my nightstand. In my defense, though, I was creating a snow covered nativity for Christmas.

I’m a slave to artistic authenticity.


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How’s that sound? We’ll call it a truce?



Because I really would like for us to work through this. The good news is that in the past 36 months I’ve more than made up for 26 years of barbecue pulled pork deprivation. The bad news is that in the past 36 months I’ve more than made up for 26 years of barbecue pulled pork deprivation.

It’s bittersweet.


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Anyway, I’m glad I got that off my chest. I love you. I do. I’ll even share a saucy pork sandwich with you. I swear the sweet smokiness will make you want to crawl inside the slow cooker and wade in barbecue sauce. One bite of mango slaw and you’ll be sure you’re seeing life through rose colored glasses. Though, I’m not entirely sure I’d ever want my vision tinted pink. Hey, why does anyone even say that? It just seems terrible, actually.

But, yes, the pork.

It’s love. Strands and savory strands of meat so tender if falls apart before you even bring your lips to meet it. You can have half.

Like, half of a half. So, a quarter of one.

Of Daniel’s.

I should write you more often.


Forever your *favorite baby,



*I mean, who’s kidding who?


Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork with Mango Slaw

Yield: 6-8 Servings


    For the pork:
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP spicy brown mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • For the mango slaw:
  • 1 large mango, peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  1. Scatter the sliced onion in the base of your slow cooker. Lay the pork loins on top of the onion.
  2. In a bowl, whisk to combine the ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, soy sauce, brown mustard, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Pour evenly over the pork. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Make the mango slaw by combining the mango, lime, and cilantro in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. When the pork is done cooking, shred it by using two forks and pulling in opposite directions. Serve with the mango slaw.


Nutrition Info for 1/6th of Entire Recipe: Calories 375, Total Fat 12.5 g, Total Carbohydrate 20.4 g, Dietary Fiber 0.7 g, Sugars 18.9 g, Protein 45.0 g

Nutrition Info for 1/8th of Entire Recipe: Calories 280, Total Fat 9.4 g, Total Carbohydrate 15.3 g, Dietary Fiber 0.5 g, Sugars 14.2 g, Protein 33.8 g


{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Bethany April 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Yum!!! Barbecue sauce and mango sound like the perfect combination to transition into summer with. I hope you don’t hate me, but I’m actually not a huge pork fan. (gasp!) But I will certainly be trying out your sauce with chicken and can’t wait to add mango to the mix!


Riss April 13, 2011 at 1:30 am

It is 4:30 in the morning… and I am DROOLING! I want some…with a side of salt and vinegar chips! I’m saving this in the “must-make” bookmark folder.


johnny April 13, 2011 at 3:08 am

I’ve had cole slaw with pulled pork sandwiches all the time but never mango. That looks fantastic!! Will be making that mango slaw next time. :)


Jessica @ How Sweet April 13, 2011 at 3:38 am

Pork = my favorite meat (obviously). Mango = one of my favorite fruits. I think I just died. Wow.


Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 13, 2011 at 3:53 am

I LOVE pulled pork. Totally making this.


Amy @ Second City Randomness April 13, 2011 at 4:04 am

I had a pulled pork sandwich as my chosen post-race eats.

This was a really big deal- it’s a very important decision, you know. And I loved every bite.


Bee April 13, 2011 at 4:19 am

Mmm… I love your pulled pork recipe! Made it with the granny apple slaw when I was first discovering your blog. Something about knowing the sauce is all homemade just makes it that much more satisfying. The mango sounds great, will have to try it next!


Stephanie @cookinfanatic April 13, 2011 at 4:53 am

I love that you paired a mango slaw with this, what a creative idea! I bet the sweetness of the slaw was just perfect for that tangy bbq… mmmm love me some bbq that’s for sure :)


Nelly Rodriguez April 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

Love the combination, looks amazing! I’d imagine also a green mango slaw would also add some acid too, so that would be great to try also! Yum, love mangoes!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 13, 2011 at 5:11 am

LOVE this!! The mango slaw especially.. SO summery and it makes me want to eat that sandwich right.this.second. Yes, ad 8:10am. YUM!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 13, 2011 at 5:11 am

and by ad I meant at. Clearly, it’s too early!


Katie Photiadis April 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

Wow, that looks fantastic! Pork is my favorite meat too–I have a friend who keeps trying to find a pig in Richmond so that he can eat all the parts =)

Yup, clearly I live in the south ;)


Laura @ Meet Virginia April 13, 2011 at 5:40 am

Things like this make me wish I wasn’t a vegetarian. ;)


cleaneatingchelsey April 13, 2011 at 5:43 am

I can appreciate this. I loved the letter to your Mum – please tell me you call her Mum. That would make me love you so much more.


Cara April 13, 2011 at 5:45 am

I may not share your love of pork, but I do love Leo!


MelissaNibbles April 13, 2011 at 6:54 am

This post is so cute! The sandwich looks incredible.


Jessica April 13, 2011 at 6:59 am

I am so bummed I didn’t think of mango when I just made my pulled pork. This can only mean one thing.
I must make it again.
And obviously as soon as possible. I think I’m feeling sick..might need to leave work for the day…(cough…)


Clarissa @ Sober and the City April 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

Hmmm I love the idea of putting mango on it! And the Diet A&W…you’re a girl after my own heart!


Krystina (Organically Me) April 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

I just got this wicked idea for a pizza with barbecue sauce, pineapple, mango, red onion and cilantro. It may or may not be an awful idea.


Can You Stay for Dinner April 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

OH my gosh. Please make me this pizza? Like, please?!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

love the mango slaw idea!!!


Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 13, 2011 at 8:00 am


pulled pork – awesome
BBQ – equally awesome
mango – more awesome

all combined – no words!


Beth April 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

Wowww Andrea these look AWESOME!!


HmarieK April 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

YES! I am so glad I found your site. Thanks to LYK, who mentioned you. Very entertaining article :) And wow, those pictures are enticing. This recipe rocks. :)


Leah @ Why Deprive? April 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

lol I LOVE the letter to your mom. You’re adorable. :)

Im not a fan of pork, but a pulled pork sandwich (THIS pulled pork sandwich) sounds incredible. Especially the mango slaw. Thats just genius right there.


Jesse April 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

wow, your sauce looks amazingly good, i need to update my pulled bbq chicken sandwich with this sauce. its the real deal. i love bbq. yum.


AndreaSomething April 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE mango. And who doesn’t love pork? (Coincidentally, I just made a poor man’s version of this the other day with leftovers). Can’t wait to try this out.


Shanna, like Banana April 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

My hubby would LOVE this recipe..and let’s just be honest, so do I ;)


Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

Growing up, pulled pork was seriously my favorite meal. Granted, ours came out of a container from the refrigerated section but I absolutely loved it!


Kelly April 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

I’ll take one please!!!


natalie (the sweets life) April 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I recently came across your blog and I have been LOVING it…thank you for sharing your story, your beautiful pictures, your yummy-sounding recipes…I can’t wait to keep reading :)


Can You Stay for Dinner April 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thank you Natalie! Great to meet you :)


biz319 April 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I love pulled pork. Growing up my Grandpa used to make his North Carolina pulled pork – just vinegar, crushed red pepper and Tabasco, simmered in a big pot all day, then served with a mound of vinegar coleslaw and a warm toasted white bun.

The first time I made it for my husband he was like “where’s the bbq sauce?!” Um, its North Carolina bbq – no sauce required!

Okay, now I’ve just added pork shoulder to my grocery list :D


Frieda April 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

i have to move to the us. i never get all the products. (but i finally found black beans ^^)


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I am obsessed with mango lately! I saw a mango salsa recipe on the Food Network, but this looks way better!


Sarah April 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Omg! What a wonderful, summery combination. Summer cooking is the best! I can’t wait to get started, once classes are over. Btw, I have a study abroad trip to London planned for this May. They tell me the cheapest way to eat there is cook. Got any good budget-friendly, healthy recipes?


Can You Stay for Dinner April 14, 2011 at 7:09 am

Oh Sarah! Sounds like a fun trip; I’m jealous!! I’d always recommend eating what the locals eat. To make the whole experience more true to the country you’re in, just figure out what folks eat day in and day out, and cook that. Keep in mind that vegetarian meals- like bean dishes are almost always much cheaper. And anything you make, just add a lot (A LOT) of veggies to it!

Have a lovely lovely trip :)


Jo April 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I’m not a huge fan of pork, but I think I’m probably a huge fan of this. Holy yum!


The Chocolate Covered Kitchen April 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

It’s recipes like this that make me want to run away from home since my daughter swore off meat and has turned our dinners into macrobiotic health fests. Looks delicious! Can I stay for dinner?


Jenny April 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Yumm! I haven’t had pork in a while and this is making me want some :D


Patricia DeWit April 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Oh yum yum yum. Except for the cilantro. There’s so much of it in Thai food, and I have tried, honest I have. It But mango slaw without the cilantro is still delicious!


Patricia DeWit April 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

…and I almost forgot… you are such a great writer. When you are rich and famous will you remember all your faithful bloggies?


newlywedcooks April 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

are we soulmates? I think we might be.

This looks delectable. I’m adding it to my weekly menu for next week! (what recipe of yours haven’t I tried, though..)


snackgirlgoeshealthy April 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I need to have homemade pulled pork! Can you believe me! I know!
Shame shame! This is THE perfect recipe I’ve been waiting for! So juicy! and tropical? YES! Lovin the mango sauce! I’ve always been skeptical of mango sauces but this looks perfect for the BBQ pork sandwich!


JaNelle April 14, 2011 at 5:23 am

I never met a pulled pork I didn’t love… well that’s not completely true. But looking at this .. well honey you had me at hello! ha ha.. will definitely try this one!


Pan&Pisco April 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

This looks awesome. YUM.


Halley April 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Another awesome meal. This was my favorite when sailing. I blush just thinking about it.


sheila @ Elements April 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’m so drooling right now! I don’t like pork all the much…except for prosciutto…but this…this looks and sounds amazingly delicious…especially with that mango slaw! Nice!! :)


Halley April 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Hey Andie,

Made the pulled pork this weekend to combat a sugar hangover. Ye gods! It was amazing.


Barbeque Catering May 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

This is the marvellous post that I have come over after huge searches. I am really thankful to you for providing this unique information.


Malerie June 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Oh my! I felt like fireworks were exploding in my mouth! My hubby and I cannot even believe how in.cred.ible. this dish is!

We will be eating this for the rest of our lives! We set aside a little of the mango slaw to toss in with some rum & seltzer…perfect ending :)


Tania July 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

That sounds just amazing! I’m not as much of a pork fan but I think it would be also really good with fresh moose meat when available, or chicken as a sub :) Deff. gonna have to try this recipe out


Bonnie Norman January 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

This is in my crockpot right now. Can’t wait, it’s been pouring rain here all day and this will be wonderfully warm tonight.


Lane March 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

Just made this last night with chicken instead of pork and it turned out wonderfully! Thanks for the easy and delicious BBQ sauce recipe :)


Emily April 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Question for you :) In the picture you served the pork as a sandwich … on an english muffin? It’s hard to tell. And is the bread calculated into the nutrition facts?

I love your recipes. I’m steadily eating my way through your site. And losing weight while doing it! Yay! :)


Vickie C April 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Prepped and ready to go in the crockpot tomorrow. No matter what happens Tuesday, we’re having a really good dinner!


Annet May 6, 2012 at 3:45 am

I made this the other night – used the quantities for the sauce, but a much large piece of pork shoulder. Wow, it was great. Served the meat and sauce with Quinoa. Next night, it was even better. I’m sure the 3rd time will be even more amazing. Love how good food continues to get better!!


Karen May 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I made this for my family tonight and EVERYONE loved it – a rarity here (to have everyone love it). So good. Thank you!


Andrea April 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Just curious, I already have some ground beef. Is there any way I could use that in place of the pork..or is that a definite NO??


Andie Mitchell April 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hi Andrea,

I think you could use the ground beef here. It will be more of a sloppy joe consistency–a bit wetter–but that might work if you’re down for a messy dinner :) Just prepare yourself with a lot of napkins!



deb August 26, 2013 at 1:44 am

Sorry to have to ask you this, but is this right..
1/6th of Entire Recipe: Calories 280
1/8th of Entire Recipe: Calories 375

Wouldn’t it be less calories if you were eating 1/8th as you would be eating less?? I’m confused.


Andie Mitchell August 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Deb, you’re absolutely right! I’m a dope; my typo. I edited the recipe to reflect the change!



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