The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) publishes a regular free magazine called Food & Drink and the latest issue included a recipe for jerked pork with a mango and banana relish that looked good. I really liked the sound of combining spicy pork with a cool and sweet mango and banana relish/salsa.
A while ago there was a really nice sale on a crockpot/slowcooker that I could not resist and I finally broke down and picked one up. I had been itching to try the slow cooker out and since I don’t have access to a barbecue I thought that I would change the original recipe up a bit and do a slow cooked pulled pork version of the jerked pork. The crockpot worked great! I pretty much just rubbed the jerk seasoning paste all over the pork and put it into the crockpot on low heat and let it cook for 8 hours completely unattended. After it was done cooking the pork was perfectly fall apart tender and it took almost no effort to shred the pork. Other than the perfectly cooked pork, without constant supervision, the thing that I liked most about the cock pot was that it generated almost no external heat. Normally I would try to avoid any slow roasting in the oven during the summer as my apartment would be stiflingly hot by the end of the day. With the slow cooker I will be able to enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, tacos al pastor, carnitas, etc. all summer long.
The jerked pulled pork wraps with mango and banana relish were so good! The pork was nice and tender and the sweet mango and banana relish perfectly balanced the spicy jerk seasoning. Every mouthful was an amazing combination spicy heat and the relief of cool and refreshing sweetness.
I tried making my own jerk marinade a while ago and I really enjoyed it but since I have never had anything to compare it with I thought that this time I would use a store bought seasoning to try. The store bought jerk seasoning was good but it definitely lacked the depth of flavour that the home made marinade had had. I think that the next time that I make this, and there will certainly be a next time, I will take the time to make the jerk marinade from scratch. In that case I would change the recipe to marinate the pork in the marinade over night and then place both the pork and the marinade into the slow cooker to cook. After the pork was done cooking I would then reduce the marinade and pork drippings into a spicy sauce.
Jerked Pulled Pork Wraps with Mango and Banana Relish
- 1 2 1/2 pound pork butt
- 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning paste
- 1 batch mango and banana relish (see below)
- 12+ large tortillas (lightly toasted/warmed)
- Rub the jerk seasoning all over the pork.
- Place the pork into the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
- Remove the pork from the slow cooker, let cool and shred with a pair of forks.
- Place the pork back into the liquid in the slow cooker and cook, without the lid, until the liquid has reduces to a thick sauce, about 20 minutes.
- Assemble wraps with pulled pork, jerk spice reduction to taste and mango and banana relish.
Mango and Banana Relish
- 2 large mangoes (peeled, stoned and cut into small pieces)
- 2 bananas (peeled and cut into small pieces)
- 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
- 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
- Mix everything.
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I just love my crockpot! Bravo to you for getting one, you'll love it. The pork wraps look amazing!
How was the texture of the banana in the salsa? For some reason bananas and hot food always squick me out a bit. Funny since I like bananas in general.
I think this is perfect!
O….M….G…. Yet another recipe from you where my mouth just dropped open at the sheer deliciousness of it. 🙂 I made your okonomiyaki the other day, I've been planning on posting my results. 🙂
maybelle's mom says
HOw lovely and great use of a crockpot.
What a beautiful and tropical salsa!
[email protected] says
I like one more way to eat mangos and they are on sale right now. I'll be thinking about pulled pork for a couple of days now.
My Asian Kitchen says
this wrap look exotic!! better than Taco Bell!! yummy!!
This is a must try….
Beautiful! As the evenings get longer, the days grow warmer this is the ideal choice for midweek supper.Perfect…
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I love that Food & Drink mag. Now I don't get it anymore in BC. Congrats for the crockpot, can't wait to see what recipes you'll try Kevin.
This sounds awesome! I wish I had a crockpot.
Susan @ SGCC says
This looks amazing, Kevin! Simply mouthwatering!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Those wraps look fantastic! What gorgeous flavors, yummy!
Mmmm…this sounds fantastic. I love the crockpot. It's great to come home and have dinner practically ready for you.
so good on the go!
The sound of mango relish is luring me…:p
Netts Nook says
I love jerked pork yours looks perfect as usual.
I love mango's but have never bought them. Any tips on how to know if they are ripe.
Paula Pereira says
Looks great and I think the mango and banana will work perfectly with the jerk marinade. It has a very Caribbean feel to it which is really interesting and as you said really delicious.
Crockpots are amazing things, especially for making pulled pork. I love that I can have pulled pork sandwiches every day if I want! This looks amazingly delicious, the mango/banana addition is so intriguing to me.
Kevin, these look fantastic! Can you make them with beef instead of pork or will the taste be compromised?
Reason enough to get a crockpot. These wraps look divine.
You love those mangoes! The pulled pork sounds great.
Interesting combo..I'd love to give it a try 🙂
Cookin' Canuck says
Your recipes always sound amazing! I'm salivating over this one.
Looks amazing! The mango banana relish sounds perfect for the pork!
Mrs. L says
These look great, though I admit, I'm not sure I would like the taste. But then you haven't led me wrong yet!
well if anybody else in my house would eat them with me then I would try them, but since they won't I'll have to wait for you to invite me over!
Ohhh man those look delicious!
danamccauley: The bananas were pretty nice. I tried to use slightly under ripe ones so that they would not fall apart and it worked pretty well.
beverlygmu: Many mangoes turn brighter shades of yellows and/or red and get softer when they ripen but the best way to tell it to just pick it up and smell it. If it really smells like a mango then it is ripe.
Hillary: I would think that beef would work as well.
Does it get any better than pulled pork and mango?!? Jeez that just sounds incredible!
Choosy Beggar Tina says
Three cheers for F&D mag! I also salivated over that recipe and we were actually planning on trying it out this weekend! You've just given us that list kick we needed.
this looks fantastic kevin! i love this twist on pulled pork.
Your photo literally just made my stomach growl!
Do you add any liquid to the crockpot with the pork/rub?? Sounds delicious and I'd love to try it!
kristen: No I did no add any liquids; just the pork with jerk seasoning paste.
Oh my this looks really really good! If only I could convince my husband that mango is not the devil 🙂
What kind of jerk seasoning paste did you use? I used a green onion/habanero recipe that set my mouth on fire when I tried it on its own, but my pork wasn't even remotely spicy.
Meredith: For this one I use Walkerswood jerk seasoning paste. I have also made my own: jerk seasoning
I had to come back to this post because I just now finally got around to making this recipe. One bite and I fell in love!!! What a great combination of flavors and textures. It was wonderful! I will DEFINITELY be making this one over and over and over…
Yummy! Put a couple of mild chillies, deseeded and diced, into the salsa and put it up to a whole red onion and juice of a whole lime and a little salt and pepper – mmmmm
Hi! I was wondering if I could use dried mango as it's what I have on hand. If so, so I rehydrate them or leave as is? Thanks!
Elle: Dry mangos would definitely be different! I would probably rehydrate them.