Passion for Pork

Recipe: Mango Soy Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Dan Clapson - Friday, November 23, 2012

As December slowly creeps up, it’s always important to stay warm; both outdoors and in your kitchen! What better way to feel cozy and content than with some smokey, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork? This recipe has a subtle Asian flare with the sweet and sour mango barbecue sauce. Here, the pork is served in butter lettuce, but feel free to toss some into some dinner buns, or freshly toasted bread for a quick bite at lunch or dinner.

What you’ll need…

Pulled Pork:
1 pork shoulder (approx. 3 pounds)
1 yellow onion (loosely chopped)
3 cloves garlic
1 cup beer (preferably a dark ale)
salt and pepper

Mango Soy Barbecue Sauce:
1 yellow onion (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves
1 mango (peeled, chopped 1” cubed)
1 cup ketchup
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP hoisin sauce
1 TBSP fresh ginger
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP sriracha
2 TSP chili powder
salt and pepper

1 head of butter lettuce (leaves separated)
1 carrot (shredded, for garnish)
1 bunch green onions (thinly sliced, for garnish)


Pulled Pork:
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Turn to low heat and cook for a minimum of 8 hours. After cooking for at least 8 hours, pierce with a fork and the meat should just fall apart. Continue scraping with a fork, or pull meat with hands to separate. Place the pulled pork with some of the leftover juice in the slow cooker into a bowl, cover and set aside for now.

Soy Mango Barbecue Sauce:
Cook the onions on medium-high heat with some olive oil in a large pan under they become transluscent, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients to the pan and stir to combine.  Let the mixture come to a simmer, reduce to low heat and continue to cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once done cooking, let cool slightly then puree in a blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper if desired (though the sauce should already be quite salty from the soy and hoisin.).


Place the pork into a large pan and cover liberally with barbeque sauce. Stir until evenly coated. Once barbeque pork is nice and hot transfer to a serving bowl. Place the separated butter lettuce leaves in a bowl as well. Take a decent helping of the hot pulled pork, wrap up in some lettuce and enjoy! Yum!

Serves 5-6

Total cook time…9 hours, 30 minutes