Sweet Tango Cider Braised Pork Sliders

SweeTango Apple-Cabbage Slaw on Cider Braised Pork Sliders

Author: Chef Jonathan Collins recipe for SweeTango Apples

Ingredients:   Pork Shoulder
1 Pork Shoulder (Picnic or Boston Butt) – trimmed
Flaked Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper: To taste
12 Large Shallots or Small Yellow Onions – trimmed, peeled and sliced in half
2 SweeTango Apples – peeled, cored and quartered
1 Garlic Bulb – brushed clean and top trimmed off
2 cups (500 mL) Thornbury Premium Apple Cider
3 pieces Fresh Rosemary – rinsed

Instructions
Position rack in center of oven, preheat to 300°F (200°C)

Season pork on all sides with salt and pepper, rest at room temperature for 60 minutes prior to braising.

Place pork in a large heavy bottom cast iron pan with tight-fitting lid (braiser).

Arrange shallots, apples and garlic around pork, pour hard cider into bottom of pan. Add Rosemary to pan.

Bring liquid to boil over high heat, cover, and place in oven for 3-4 hours or until knife tender.

Allow meat to cool slightly in braising liquid, transfer to a cutting board to rest, remove onions and apples to serve.

Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan, reduce to desired consistency, reserve.

Use a fork to shred the pork, place on toasted bun, spoon braising liquid on top, add coleslaw to finish.

Note: Also delicious served with sliced pickles.

Ingredients:   SweeTango Apple Cabbage Slaw
¼ cup (60 mL) Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp (30 mL) Honey
2 tbsp (30 mL) Mayonnaise
1 tbsp (15 mL) Sriracha Chili Sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon Mustard
1 Lime; Zest and Juice
1 tsp (5 mL) Celery Seed
Flaked Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper: To taste
4 cups (1 L) Savoy Cabbage – quartered, cored and finely shredded
3 pieces Scallions – trimmed and finely sliced on angle
2 SweeTango Apples – cored and sliced into matchsticks (toss in lemon juice to preserve color)

Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, whisk vinegar, honey, mayonnaise, sriracha, mustard, lime zest and juice, celery seeds, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Add shredded cabbage, scallions and apples to the bowl, toss to coat. Refrigerate (in airproof container) for up to 3 days.

Toss to mix before serving.

Yields: 6

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Chef Collins has cooked for Prime Minister’s, Presidents, Billionaires, Celebrities and Royalty, and now he’s cooking with SweeTango! Since graduating Le Cordon Bleu, Jonathan has developed a signature style by blending North American, European and Asian influences with a French foundation and distinct Canadian identity, emphasizing fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. For Jonathan, it’s about fewer ingredients, simple recipes, better techniques, and a return to passionate, healthy and simple cooking.

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