When Aarti Sequiera won the Next Food Network Star last fall she was kind enough to grant me an interview for my personal website. Aarti is very gracious and bubbly .. but she’s also a tremendous chef. That’s the magic recipe for landing your own cooking show on Food Network. During the interview, she shared a recipe from her new show Aarti Party. I thought it might be perfect for Memorial Day weekend so I wanted to share it all of the readers on Babble.com. The mango BBQ sauce is fantastic! And check out the links at the bottom of the recipe for a great slaw and dessert to serve with these pulled pork sandwiches.
Aarti’s Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce
1 boneless pork shoulder (boston butt), about 3 pounds, excess fat removed
For the Rub:
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the BBQ Sauce:
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 onion, minced finely
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 1 serrano pepper, sliced thinly (seeds discarded if you don’t like it spicy)
- kosher salt to taste
- 2 cups mango puree
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- and butter pickles
Combine rub ingredients, and massage into the pork shoulder until well coated.
Set aside while you make BBQ sauce. You could do this a day ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
To make BBQ sauce: In a large saucepan, warm oil until hot and shimmering.
Add cumin and fennel; they should splutter upon contact – be careful! Once spluttering subsides, add onions, ginger and serrano and a little salt to taste. Saute until they soften but don’t let them get any color on them.
Throw pork shoulder into the pot, coating it with the sauce. Cover, and gently simmer for about 3 hours, or until pork falls apart easily with a fork, stirring and turning pork often.
Shred pork using two forks. Return to sauce. Put a generous spoonful inside a brioche bun, top with a few slices of pickle… prepare to have your loved one swoon over you!
Here are links to the other dishes she prepared on her show to accompany this amazing pulled pork!
Photo of Aarti Sequira’s Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce from Aarti Party, Courtesy of Food Network