Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork with Mango Slaw

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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

Servings: 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


  • Scatter the sliced onion in the base of your slow cooker. Lay the pork loins on top of the onion.
  • 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.
  • Make the mango slaw by combining the mango, lime, and cilantro in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 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




87 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork with Mango Slaw

  1. Bethany

    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!

  2. Riss

    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.

  3. johnny

    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. :)

  4. Bee

    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!

  5. Katie Photiadis

    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 ;)

  6. Jessica

    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…)

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  8. HmarieK

    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. :)

  9. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    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.

  10. AndreaSomething

    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.

  11. biz319

    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

  12. Sarah

    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?

    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      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 :)

  13. Patricia DeWit

    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!

  14. snackgirlgoeshealthy

    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!

  15. JaNelle

    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!

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  19. sheila @ Elements

    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!! :)

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  22. Malerie

    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 :)

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  25. Tania

    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

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  27. Lane

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

  28. Emily

    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! :)

  29. Vickie C

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

  30. Annet

    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!!

  31. Karen

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

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  36. Andrea

    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??

    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      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!


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  39. deb

    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.

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  46. Lynette C

    Hi Andie, I just received your book yesterday. It is fantastic, thank you.

    The pictures on your site for the Slow Cooked Barbecue Pulled Pork with Mango Slaw don’t show, I just get boxes. The pictures for other recipes work fine Can you fix.

  47. Stephanie Schill

    I made this recipe two night ago and have it for dinner all week! It’s amazing! It’s only the second thing I’ve made in the slow cooker, and it was super easy. I used a 1.7 lb pork loin, but the full amount of everything else and it was great. I only had to cook it for 7 hours. The recipe forgets to say when to put in the garlic, but i realized this and added it about three hours in with no issue. I just finished reading “It was me all along” and I loved it! Thankks Andie for another great recipe!


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