Upgrade any barbecue pulled pork recipe with a tropical flavor twist

barbecue pulled pork recipe with a tropical flavor twist , photos provided by Mango.org
barbecue pulled pork recipe with a tropical flavor twist , photos provided by Mango.org /

Do you have a favorite barbecue pulled pork recipe? While many barbecue experts keep their recipes under wraps, sometimes a little flavor twist can make that bite a little more exciting. Could your barbecue recipes use an upgrade?

As Spring begins and everyone longs for that next vacation, why not give add some tropical flavors to a favorite recipe or dish. Sometimes satisfying that wanderlust craving is as simple as putting good food on the plate.

Recently, the National Mango Board shared its twist on a barbecue pulled pork recipe. While some people like coleslaw or even some apple cider flavors with their pulled pork, mango can add a flavorful, bright twist on dish.

In this recipe, the mango offers a tropical twist that balances the heat and smoky flavors. From the barbecue sauce to even a mango slaw, that tropical fruit could be the twist that everyone will rave about.

Here’s how to make a barbecue pulled pork recipe with mango.


Mango Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 1 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3/2 cups bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Hot sauce (optional)

Pulled Pork

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • mango, peeled, pitted and mashed

Additional Ingredients

  • Soft rolls
  • Mango Slaw (optional)


  • Prepare the sauce by stirring together all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • For the pork, stir together spices in a medium bowl; add pork and toss until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot.
  • Add pork and cook until browned on all sides (in batches if pot is narrow). Remove from pot.
  • Heat remaining oil and add onion; cook and stir over medium-high heat for 5 minutes to brown.
  • Add pork back to pot with mango and 1 1/2 cups mango barbecue sauce (reserve extra sauce for serving); cover and cook over low heat for 2 1/2 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
  • Serve shredded pork on rolls with a drizzle of barbecue sauce. Great with a spoonful of Sweet Mango Slaw on top or served on the side.

Thinking about this recipe, the mango barbecue sauce could be used on a variety of dishes. From a simple grilled chicken to even a dipping sauce for chicken wings, the options are many.

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How do you change up classic recipes? Can a fruity twist be that flavor boost a recipe needs?