Sunday, April 15, 2012

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Jicama Slaw


As I sat in the dentist’s chair during a cleaning, I started to daydream.  I mean, what else can you really do while you sit in the chair?  Of course, I started thinking about food.  Then, I started thinking more specifically about jicama… which is strange.  Why is that strange?  Because I had never had it.  I wouldn’t even have been able to tell you what it looked like.  Now that I think about, how can you even daydream about something you’ve never had?  Maybe it wasn’t daydreaming?  Maybe I was just thinking about it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I had it in my head it was crunchy.  I don’t know why I thought that, but alas, that is what I thought I knew about jicama.  And indeed, I was actually right about that!  So I thought, hmm, maybe it would be cool in a coleslaw kind of thing.  But then, I don’t really want to eat just coleslaw.  So what could go with it?  After I got home, the question was still burning, so I asked Seth.  He suggested pulled pork.  Bingo!  Plus, it was an opportunity to give some love to a much neglected piece of equipment in our kitchen, the slow cooker.  So, thanks to a trip to the dentist, here are some juicy and tender pulled pork sliders with red cabbage, carrot, and jicama slaw dressed in a cider and walnut oil vinaigrette.  I wonder what the dentist would think about all this…

Ingredients
For the pulled pork:
3-4 pound pork shoulder, bone in
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
20 ounce container ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 bottle beer (we used Fat Tire amber ale)
King's Hawaiian sweet rolls
Frank's Red Hot Sauce (optional)

For the slaw:
2 cups julienned red cabbage
1 cup julienned carrot
2 cups julienned jicama
2 teaspoons walnut oil
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons sour cream

Instructions
Sprinkle salt and pepper on the pork shoulder then place in crock pot.  In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the garlic, shallots, and jalapeno and sauté until soft (about 3 minutes).  Stir in ketchup, vinegar, maple syrup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke.  Simmer for 3 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.  Stir in the beer, and then pour the entire mixture over the pork shoulder in the crockpot.  Turn on high and cook for 6.5 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone.

Place the cabbage, carrot, and jicama in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, stir walnut oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, lime juice, and sour cream.  Pour the walnut oil mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat.  Refrigerate until serving time.

To assemble, cut King's Hawaiian sweet rolls in half, and stack with pulled pork, hot sauce, and jicama slaw.

40 comments:

  1. I love the look and the sound of these sliders! I have never bought jicama but going to now, since this coleslaw recipe sounds delicious, crunchy and so healthy!

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  2. I LOVE sliders! They are too cute!
    These look fabulous!

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  3. I like the pulled pork but I know I would love that jicama slaw. Looking forward to trying that

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  4. Yum...I think I know what I want for dinner tonight!
    (Oh, and I daydream about things I've never had all the time.) :D

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  5. I ADORE jicama. And I cannot even imagine the yumminess that is included in this slides.

    Great job!

    And I also daydream about food. Natch. ;)

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  6. I adore jicama too! It's tough to get in Canada for some reason. It's rare to see it in stores. So, when i was in Mexico a few weeks back, I overdosed on jicama! *hehe* None of my travel mates had ever heard of jicama! My grandpa used to grow it in his garden and we'd eat it all summer. So tasty! I love the sound of the coleslaw!

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  7. Yes I will say that a dentist's chair does make you day dream and I am glad it got you inspired to get out that crock pot. I would not do without it!
    I do have a weakness for pulled pork and have used it in several different cuisines. However the sliders you prepared here with the Jicama are something I do want to try. Your description is making me hungry. Of course your pictures had an influence too. Great post!

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  8. Wow this meal looks so good :D - you make me regret my vegetarianism and that is saying something :P
    Especially love the slaw!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. this really sounds delish- especially the jicama slaw with walnut oil-terrific!

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  10. Oh, my. Your sliders look incredible! I haven't made pulled pork in ages...and you've inspired me to put it on our menu soon :)

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  11. Love the sliders. I've never cooked with jicama before but it looks great in that slaw.

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  12. I really need to try Jicama! Your sliders look so yummy.

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  13. OMG. These look flipping AMAZING. I'm making them NEXT weekend. That's that! {and I'm subscribing so I don't miss stuff like this}

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  14. I think the dentist would want a few! I know I do! Never had jicama either - I have to fix that now.

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  15. I can't wait to make this.. I do love pulled pork burgers.. but never seem to have the time to make them yet. This could just be perfect for my weekend lunch/ dinner for my family. Am certainly keeping this in mind!! Have a good week ahead ;). Cheers, Jo

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  16. Spectacular photo's just want to eat the screen wow`

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  17. DENTIST CHAIR? first I was like, "what???", but then you're right, what else can you do but daydream? And if it's something POSITIVELY AWESOME like this, who can argue?? :)

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  18. This is a very interesting recipe...I have never tried cooking meat with beer. Its sounding so delicious and flavourful. Bookmarking this recipe for trying some day soon.

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  19. Your dentist would be worried that some pulled pork got into your cavity, if you have any. You think such brave thoughts, all I can think about when sitting at that chair is when will I get off it and can bolt through the door...the pulled pork looks yum....love it...:-)

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  20. Lov pulled pork,ur pic made me hungry...

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  21. Dear Jenn, I always watch the Food Network at the dentist!
    This is a delicious recipe. I do like jicama. It is almost like an apple, very delicious.
    Blessings, Catherine

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  22. I love the crunch of jicama... bet these were tasty!

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  23. I love jicama ... I just found your site through another blog and subscribed to your feed. Can't wait to see what else you're making!

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  24. I LOVE pulled pork. My slow cooker generally gathers dust but I'm thinking about breaking it out now. Great recipe.

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  25. OMG. My husband would KILL for some of these. Definitely showing him this recipe.

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  26. Oh I love this recipe, I looking forward to trying it! P.S love the photos! It looks so good, i am drooling over here :-)

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  27. What a fabulous recipe for the pulled pork. I must bookmark it to copy and print your recipe, along with the yummy jicama slaw that I never really made!
    Thanks for shring:DDD

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  28. I love pulled pork on King's Hawaiian Rolls - it's like the perfect little bite of sweetness to balance the spiciness of a good barbecue sauce or dry rub.

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    1. I totally agree with you. They don't photograph as nicely as special slider buns, but they completely make up for it in flavor.

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  29. It's 11:00pm and I'm reading this post and absolutely drooling. These sound so good I wish I could have one right now. Plus to serve them on Hawaiian Rolls have to be the best. I love those and the bread. Thanks for sharing. I might try making these this weekend.

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  30. I try to think about whatever I can that is not OW OW OW OW OW while I'm at the dentist....and most often that's food! Jicama is such a funny veggie but its so tasty and has really grown on me! Using it in slaw is a great idea!

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  31. Pulled pork sandwiches are my fave meal . This looks delish and I will be trying this version soon!

    Thx, Ceecee

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  32. Love slow cooked food. Love pulled pork. Love the acid in the slaw.

    Job well done.

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  33. I've never had jicama before either...but this looks like the perfect recipe to start with! Love pulled pork sandwiches :)

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  34. Wow I'd like to thank your dentist for this delicious meal. Lol. This looks really good. I'd eat ten or twenty.

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  35. I love sliders and this one looks fantastic. You have me craving one now!

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  36. I have to go to the dentist too! I have a toothbothering me and I keep postponing it for obvious reasons! The pulled pork sandwiches are mouthwatering, perfect for a remedy after the dentist!

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  37. Looks tasty! I love the crunch of jicama. It doesn't have a ton of flavor (to me at least) which makes it the perfect vehicle in dishes where you want the crunch. I usually like to snack on it straight with a bit of chipotle chile powder and salt. Never though to use it in a slaw though - fantastic idea!

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  38. Making this over the summer - can't wait!

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