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Pulled Pork Sandwiches | With Mango Salsa, Fennel & Celery Root Slaw & Potato Salad


This delicious recipe is perfect for your next football themese party! 



For the Pork

  • 1 each pork butt (about 8 lb)
  • 2 Cups fresh orange juice
  • 2 Cups coffee (or 4 shots of espresso)
  • 1 1/2 Cup ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 10 each cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 each onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Turkish red pepper flakes
  • 1 Cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
  • Large buns of choice

For the Salsa

  • 2 each mangos, peeled and diced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon minced fresh jalapeño
  • 1 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 each red onion, finely diced

For the Fennel and Celery Root Slaw

  • 2 heads fennel, trimmed of fronds and halved
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 Cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 each medium celery roots, peeled

For the Potato Salad

  • 6 each large Idaho potatoes
  • 6 each strips bacon, chopped
  • 5 each hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 1 each white onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup red wine vinegar


For the Pork

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Pierce the pork all over with the tip of a paring knife, and then insert pieces of garlic into the slits. Put the pork on a rack in a roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325°F and roast for 2 hours longer.

Take out the pork, but leave the oven on. Let the pork stand until cool enough to handle, which will take a good half-hour. Now simply pull the pork apart (it should shred easily) and set aside until the sauce is ready. Don’t toss the roasted garlic—put it in with the shredded meat.

While the pork is roasting and cooling, make the sauce.

In a stockpot, sweat the onions in the oil over medium heat along with the cumin and red pepper flakes; cook for a few min¬utes, just until the onions begin to wilt. Stir in the honey and cook for 5 to 7 minutes longer, stirring occasionally; the honey will start to caramelize, darkening in color.

Add the orange juice and bring to a bare sim¬mer. Add the coffee, ketchup, sugar, vin¬egar, tomato paste, and mustard, whisking to blend. Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes to let all the flavors come together.

Mix the pork into the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven to slowly stew for 45 minutes. Check and stir occasionally; if the sauce starts to cook dry, add a little more coffee or a few spoonfuls of water.

For the Salsa

Mix the mangos with the onion, lime juice, and jalapeño, and season with salt and pepper. Wait to add the cilantro until just before serving, otherwise the acids will wilt it and darken it.

For the Fennel and Celery Root Slaw

Thinly slice the fennel with the aid of a mandoline and put it in a shallow bowl.

Finely julienne the celery roots (also with a mandoline) and add it to the bowl. Add the carrots.

Mix together the vinegar, sugar, and salt, and pour over the vegetables; stir to com¬bine. Place plastic wrap directly over the vegetables and press it down to keep them submerged in the marinade. Let stand at room temperature for 6 hours, or refriger¬ate overnight.

Drain the vegetables, then wrap them in a big kitchen towel and squeeze all excess moisture out of them. 

Place the vegetables on a cutting board and coarsely chop through them several times, then place in a bowl.

Mix in the mayonnaise, season with salt and white pepper, and refrigerate.

For the Potato Salad

Place the potatoes in a pot, add cold water to cover, and bring to a simmer. Cook the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are just fork-tender.

Drain the potatoes and let cool until easy to handle. Peel the potatoes, and then cut them into large chunks, dropping them into a bowl as you go. Sprinkle the vinegar over the warm potatoes so they absorb it and take up its flavor. Set aside to cool.

Line a plate with paper towels. Render the bacon in a sauté pan until crisp, and then use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to the prepared plate. Add the onion to the pan and sweat it in the rendered bacon fat over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and tender but not mushy. Add the bacon and onions to the potatoes.

Whisk together the mustard, mayo, and milk, and mix into the potatoes. Season up the salad and fold in the sliced hard-cooked eggs at the very end to avoid beat¬ing them up too much.