When was the last time you had fresh pineapple?
I had it in a yummy, rummy cocktail a couple of nights ago. It was sweet and refreshing and it whet my appetite for more. Since I was craving pulled pork, I decided to try and combine the two.
Summertime is a great time to use your crockpot. No need to have the oven on for a juicy, hot meal. The pork slowly simmers in pineapple juice for 10 hours, till it’s tender and falling apart. The sauce is a Hawaiian BBQ sauce which means it is basically a teriyaki type of sauce. It’s sweet and spicy with the flavors of pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger & garlic, and hot red pepper flakes. Not as thick as traditional BBQ sauce, but it’s got exceptional flavor!
Sweet grilled buns and grilled fresh pineapple rings make these sandwiches extra special.
A minute or two on the grill or in a grill pan, and your buns and pineapples are ready to go!
The pork which has been simmering for hours in pineapple juice is so tender, it falls right apart. And you didn’t even break a sweat!
This sauce is pretty amazing. Sweet and spicy! I think this would be fabulous served with chicken or seafood. And it would make a great marinade as well!
Make big sandwiches or sliders. But don’t forget the pineapple slices!
What is it about pulled pork that has everyone picking at it before you can even plate your meal? I find this Hawaiian version particularly addictive. And I hope you will love this pineapple BBQ sauce as much as I do. It’s sweet and tangy, with a little bit of heat. Perfect with fresh slices of grilled pineapple!
My goal is to create a life I don’t need a vacation from.
- 4-6 pound pork shoulder
- 1 fresh pineapple, cut into 8 rings
- 2¼ cups of pineapple juice, divided
- 2 cups of light brown sugar
- 1 cup of low sodium soy sauce
- ¾ cup of ketchup
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
- 8 sandwich buns
- Place the pork in the crockpot. DO NOT SALT. (There will be enough salt flavor later from the soy in the sauce).
- Pour in ¼ cup of pineapple juice.
- Set the crockpot for 8-10 hours.
- When your pork is ready, drain the juices from the crockpot and retain the meat.
- To a medium saucepan, add the ketchup, soy sauce, 2 cups of pineapple juice, brown sugar, grated ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
- Let the mixture cool slightly.
- Pour half of the sauce over the pork and half into a container to serve alongside the pork.
- Shred the pork with two forks, while combining the BBQ sauce along with it.
- On a hot grill or grill pan, toast the buns for 30 seconds.
- Then grill the pineapple slices for about a minute on each side.
- Place a pineapple slice on the bottom bun, top with pulled pork, drizzle with more sauce if desired before topping your sandwich.
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