Alberta Pork on the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Patio

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald Taste of Alberta BBQ Kitchen Board.

Executive Chef Jiju Paul and his culinary team at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald have been making up for all that lost dining out time during the pandemic with a new summer patio menu that will have your mouth watering. Since restrictions eased on July 1, 2021, Edmonton’s best patio has been packed with hotel guests and local diners looking for a great bite of BBQ to enjoy with that stunning view of the city’s river valley.

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald Executive Chef Jiju Paul

Chef Paul invited me to check out his new Confederate Lounge & patio all day BBQ summer menu packed with Alberta Pork, specifically the Taste of Alberta Barbeque Kitchen Board.

The Taste of Alberta Barbeque Kitchen Board includes:
smoked pork ribs, chorizo sausage, pulled pork, smoked brisket, cheddar and jalapeno cornbread, grilled corn, and BBQ spiced fries for $75. 


The sweet and savoury smell of BBQ is hard to ignore on the Mac patio as the culinary team has two tents set up in the garden for immediate temptation and BBQ gratification. While the Taste of Alberta BBQ kitchen board is ideal for sharing, all of the Alberta pork items can be ordered individually.

The Taste of Alberta BBQ Kitchen Board at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is best enjoyed on the patio with a friend. Thank you to Edmonton blogger Linda Hoang for joining me for some Alberta Pork on the patio.

Garam Masala Slow Cooker Ribs

I live in an apartment building that does not allow BBQs, so my outdoor rib grilling options are limited. Over the years, I have tried many cooking methods, but my favourite way to cook ribs is likely to make professional chefs and BBQ pit masters alike cringe – I use my slow cooker.

I’m not sure if it is an urban cooking legend or just it was just me, but I was convinced that you had to add liquid when using a slow cooker. I was wrong. I’ve cooked baby back ribs, side ribs, and for the pork in this recipe photos – breast bones, all in the slow cooker. Each time they produced fall of the bone, fork tender ribs from slowly braising in the fat from the ribs that slowly releases during cooking.

This three ingredient recipe couldn’t be easier 

Garam masala is an aromatic spice mix used commonly in Indian cuisine comprised of cinnamon, mace, peppercorns, coriander, cumin, and cardamon – and it pairs wonderfully with pork.

Some slow cooker recipes call for browning or searing meat before adding to the slow cooker, but I’ve tried this method several times and been able to eat straight from the cooker with satisfaction. Occasionally I will throw them under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp them up, but the extra step is optional.

* This recipes produces a dry rib. For those who like their ribs saucy, add sauce to the ribs in the slow cooker 30 minutes before service.

What you’ll need…

  • 1.5 pound of pork ribs, sliced into 1-2 bone segment
  • salt to season
  • 3 tbsp garam masala


  1. Generously season the ribs with salt, and then rub the garam masala onto each rib segment.
  2. Add the ribs to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  3. Remove from the slow cooker and enjoy warm.

Recipe: Pork Schnitzel Benedict with Crispy Split Pea and Lentil Cakes

Pork Schnitzel Benedict

When chef Doreen Prei shares a brunch recipe it is sure to be anything but basic. As part of Taste Alberta‘s virtual Holiday Kitchen Party, chef Prei took inspiration from her German heritage and her love of local Alberta ingredients for a decadent brunch dish – Pork Schnitzel Benedict. Imagine a pork schnitzel served atop crispy split pea and lentil cakes, topped with a poached egg and hollandaise, and accompanied with a little spoonful of the cranberry and Brussels sprout relish. There are several components to this dish, which which can be made in advance, but all the steps are simple enough if you ensure you have all your ingredients on hand.

Pork Schnitzel

  • 2 slices of pork loin, pounded very thin (either you can use parchment paper or cling film)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs (sieve the left-over breadcrumbs and store in container and
  • keep in the freezer for your next recipe)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canola oil for frying


  1. Place a slice of pork loin either on parchment paper or cling film and cover with the
    parchment paper or cling film. Use a meat tenderizer to pound the pork very gently. It
    should not be ripped just pounded as thin as possible. Season with salt and pepper on
    both sides.
  2. Use 3 plates, one for the flour, one for the beaten egg, one for the panko. Toss the
    pounded pork loin into the flour first, then in the egg and at last through the panko.
    Make sure it’s well tossed on all sides through all these different layers.
  3. Heat up a non-stick pan to medium heat. Once hot, add the canola oil and quickly fry the
    pork schnitzel on both sides in the hot oil. The cooking time is fast, 2-3 minutes on each
    side. Place them on a paper towel and serve on top of the split pea and lentil cake. Top
    with the poached egg and hollandaise. Add a little spoonful of the cranberry and Brussels
    sprout relish.

Crispy Split Pea and Lentil Cakes

  • ½ cup cooked lentils
  • ¾ cup cooked split peas
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 sprigs of green onions, cut small in rings
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ green chili, chopped fine (optional)
  • canola oil for frying


  1.  Add lentils in a pot with salted water and cook until soft. Cool down for at least 15
    minutes and smash lightly with a fork.
  2.  Add Split peas in a pot of salted water and cook until soft. Cool down for at least 15
    minutes and smash with a fork.
  3.  In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Add flour slowly at the end.
  4.  Heat up a non-stick frying pan to a medium heat and cover with canola oil on the pan is
    hot. Use a heaped tablespoon for each cake and fry until golden on each side.

Cranberry and Brussels Sprout Relish

  • 200 g frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 4 oranges, squeezed
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • sugar to taste
  • salt
  • 5 heads of Brussels sprouts, washed, cleaned and shredded fine
  • Cranberry Pear Vinegar to taste (from Evoolution)


  1.  Heat up a frying pan at medium heat. Once hot add 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Add the onions and cook until caramelized. Season the onions with salt
  3. Add the cranberries and dust these ingredients with sugar and season with salt.
  4. Add half of the orange juice and turn the heat to low. Constantly stir and cook until the
    cranberries are falling apart.Add a little bit of lemon juice, the cranberry pear vinegar and stir in the shredded Brussels sprouts and adjust the sweetness. You might want to add more sugar, orange juice or salt.

Poached Eggs

  • 200 ml white wine vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 l water


  1. Bring a small pot, deep enough to poach the eggs in, with 1 l of water and the vinegar to
    a boil. Turn the heat down to medium so that the water doesn’t boil anymore.
  2. Crack the eggs and place each egg in a small bowl or ramekin. Once the water simmers,
    take a whisk and whisk the water really fast. Drop the eggs in the rotating water. This
    will allow them to keep their shape without the egg white dropping down flat to the
    surface of your pot.
  3.  Allow the eggs to cook for at least 3 minutes. Take a ladle and check their consistency. Cook to desired liking (soft-hard).

A take-away Swine and Dine with Sabor – June 4, 2020


On Thursday, June 4, 2020, Sabor’s Chef Lino will be serving up our first ever take-away Swine and Dine dinner. Since the start of the COVID pandemic, Sabor has closed their doors for in-room dining. Thankfully, chef Lino has been feeding his regular’s cravings with takeaway dinner options including their famous risotto, piri-piri prawns, and fish and chips. We know he has a serious passion for pork, so it was time to for Edmonton to get a Sabor pork fix.

For his first ever Swine and Dine, Chef Lino will be serving a Sabor To Go family style Swine and Dine dinner for 2 for $70 + GST. Each order includes a complimentary Alberta Pork recipe book. Call 780.757.1114 to pre-order. Please note Sabor is closed on Monday so any messages will be responded to starting Tuesday afternoon.