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Tropical Pork Sliders [Spice Up Your Holiday – Week 3]

tropical pork sliders recipeThis is the last of my recipes for Spice Up the Holidays! I had so much fun working on this project. I sort of wish that I could have Captain Morgan themed parties more often. This time of year means lots of gatherings and parties and I hope that you have gotten a few tips from me to make entertaining something that you look forward to, and not stress out about.

Here are the rest of the posts in this series:

Spice Up the Holidays!

Coconut Rum Shakes

Jingle Juice

When I am planning my menus for parties the first thing that I consider is if I can make it ahead of time, or at the very least some of the parts ahead of time. This pork slider recipe is perfect for a casual party. The pork does take a long time to cook, but with zero effort on your part. The fridge and your slow cooker take the brunt of the work. I made a quick salsa right before I put the sliders together and it took no time at all. I started my party with a clean kitchen and no pots and pans! Always a plus.

I bought some dips and cheeses from the store and embellished some white bean hummus with toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil. I also served Black & Gingers with a little bit of lime juice in the bottom of the glass.

jingle juice punchWe had a big bowl of Jingle Juice that acted as a drink, but also as the centerpiece. It was more beautiful than any flower arrangement that I could have made.

tropical pork sliders recipePork:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon ground coriander
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 (5-pound) boneless Boston Butt
1 1/2 cups rice vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt 4 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Pineapple Salsa:

1 pineapple, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
juice of one lime
1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
salt
2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Slider buns
red cabbage, shredded

tropical pork sliders recipeMix together the brown sugar and spices in a small container. If you have extra, you can use it for something else.

tropical pork sliders recipeGenerously rub the pork with the seasoning.

tropical pork sliders recipeLike really get into it, cover it with the spices and make sure that you really rub it in. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2 hours or overnight.

tropical pork sliders recipeThe next day, add the pork to a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 6 to 7 hours or on LOW for 8 to 10. When it starts to fall apart, it is done.

tropical pork sliders recipeMake the sauce by adding the vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper, salt, and garlic cloves to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat.

tropical pork sliders recipeAdd the rum and set aside.

tropical pork sliders recipeShred the pork with two forks. Right before you serve the pork, toss with the sauce (remove the garlic cloves, no one wants to bite into a whole clove of garlic).

tropical pork sliders recipeWhile the pork is cooking, make the pineapple salsa.

tropical pork sliders recipeMix all of the ingredients together and set aside. Check for seasoning, adding more salt as needed.

tropical pork sliders recipeTo make the sandwiches, layer red cabbage, pork, and pineapple salsa on a slider bun. Serve with chips. So there you have it, holiday entertaining with no muss and no fuss. Happy Holidays! This recipe was adapted from Jeff Mauro.

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Tropical Pork Sliders [Spice Up Your Holiday – Week 3]


Ingredients

Pork:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (5-pound) boneless Boston Butt
  • 1 1/2 cups rice vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Pineapple Salsa:

  • 1 pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Slider buns

  • red cabbage, shredded

Instructions

  1. Mix together the brown sugar and spices in a small container. If you have extra, you can use it for something else.
  2. Generously rub the pork with the seasoning.
  3. Like really get into it, cover it with the spices and make sure that you really rub it in. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2 hours or overnight.
  4. The next day, add the pork to a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 6 to 7 hours or on LOW for 8 to 10. When it starts to fall apart, it is done.
  5. Make the sauce by adding the vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper, salt, and garlic cloves to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat.
  6. Add the rum and set aside.
  7. Shred the pork with two forks. Right before you serve the pork, toss with the sauce (remove the garlic cloves, no one wants to bite into a whole clove of garlic).
  8. While the pork is cooking, make the pineapple salsa.
  9. Mix all of the ingredients together and set aside. Check for seasoning, adding more salt as needed.
  10. To make the sandwiches, layer red cabbage, pork, and pineapple salsa on a slider bun. Serve with chips.

 

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  1. Heather @ Heather's Dish

    December 5th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    New reader alert 😉 And what a great day to start – rum is my favorite hard liquor and these sliders are RIGHT up my alley!

  2. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Welcome! I have to be honest, I never really drank it until I started this project and I now I love it. I am all about the Captain and Gingers right now.

  3. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    December 5th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Make-ahead meals are definitely a must when it comes to big parties! I hate having to slave away in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun! The pork looks super flavorful and that pineapple salsa is such a refreshing twist, especially this time of year.

  4. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Me too! I actually want to hang out with my guests!

  5. Rebecca {Foodie with Family}

    December 6th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Oh yum! I love pork any which way, but this looks divine!

  6. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    thank you! I loved how this turned out!

  7. Jessica

    July 18th, 2013 at 6:04 am

    How many do you think this serves approximately? Thanks! Also how long do you think the salsa will stay good in fridge?

  8. bakedbree

    July 22nd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    4 to 6, and maybe a day in the fridge.

  9. stacy

    June 12th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    These sliders look yummy. I need to feed a crowd. Will this recipe feed 10?

  10. bakedbree

    June 16th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I might double it. Just to be safe.

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