It's March!! Yay!! Not only is this my birthday month, but it's also the month when spring officially arrives -- and I couldn't be more excited about that. I'm certainly ready for the warmer weather for many reasons. I'm going to be honest here: one of the main reasons is that I can send my children outside to play when they're driving me nuts. Love them as I do, I think we're all going a little bit stir-crazy after being cooped up together in the house for so long.
One of the other reasons, of course, is food-related. Since I've been longing for warm weather lately, I thought I'd make something that reminds me of warm weather: pulled pork. And since pork goes so well with pineapple, and I always top my pulled pork sandwiches with slaw, I decided to make a pineapple coleslaw to top them off. The result is so delicious, I don't even know where to begin. The pork is sweet and smoky, the slaw is creamy and tangy. Basically, it's Heaven on a bun.
Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Pineapple Coleslaw
For the pork:
1 2-3 pound pork roast
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup pineapple juice (use the juice from the can you use for the slaw)
1 bottle BBQ sauce
For the slaw:
4 cups shredded cabbage
1 can pineapple rings, finely chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Sandwich buns, for serving
1. Combine brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub generously over the pork and place in a Crock pot. Pour the pinapple juice over the pork. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until the meat shreds easily with a fork. Shred the meat, add the BBQ sauce, and continue cooking on low for 30 minutes.
2. To prepare the slaw, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar in a large bowl. Add cabbage and pineapple and toss to combine. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Serve the pulled pork on sandwich buns with a generous scoop of the slaw.