Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

I have been going to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for a few years (at Walt Disney World Epcot Center) and this was Curtis’ first year. I have so much to share with you including this recipe for Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders made in a slow cooker (yeah!) that I’m sharing with another post about my favorites overall at the festival.

We went opening weekend, thanks to Disney for inviting us to attend their opening weekend press event…before we left, Curtis said please make the pulled pork sliders. I had been eyeing the Festival cookbook. It’s a hardcover edition this year because it’s the 20th annual festival…I can’t believe it’s been going on for 20 year!

Let’s talk about the festival. There are so many marketplaces for you to try, so many great food inspired by different countries. When you get inside Epcot, the first thing you wan to do is grab the festival passport and a gift card. Load the gift card to make it easy to pay and use the passport as a guide, it has all of the marketplaces listed along with all of the food and drink you can enjoy!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

It’s grillin’ Mickey!

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.netEpcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

The Festival cookbook got an upgrade this year for the 20th anniversary, it’s a hardcover edition and there are tons of recipes I want to try. I’m so glad I bought it the last time I attended the festival.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

And there’s the pulled pork sliders. You can get in the Hawaii marketplace. I also got the poke tuna and Curtis Kona Brewing beer too.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

It was such a pretty weekend! Love the clouds.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

All of the marketplaces are well-decorated according to themes from the countries or areas they represent.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

And a lot of the greenery that the festival organizers use have to do with the produce they use in the dishes too!

 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

We stayed at the Boardwalk Inn which is within walking distance to Epcot Center. I love the decor of the hotel.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

After a fun and food-filled day, the walk back to the Boardwalk is so pretty!

 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015 thelittlekitchen.net

Turn down service! I love that they leave taffy on your pillow at night.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Now back to these pulled pork sliders. I’m so glad Curtis suggested I make these at home. They are so wonderful. We even froze half of it in the freezer for a dinner later on…because it made so much!

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Curtis actually picked up a bone-in pork shoulder so I removed the bone.

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Just add salt and pepper and put it in the slow cooker. We couldn’t find banana leaves so that’s it. I couldn’t believe how easy it was.

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Cut the red pepper into thin strips and then dice. That’s how you can get a small dice on veggies.

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Add the ingredients for the chutney into a pot.

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

And bring to a boil and cook down.

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Add all of the ingredients for the spicy mayo (I love sriracha!) and whisk.

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

It’s a beautiful thing!

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Make these and go to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival…you’ll thank me later. 🙂

Follow @TheLittleKitchn on instagram. We love to see the recipes you're making from TLK! Be sure to tag @thelittlekitchn and use the hashtag #thelittlekitchenrecipes!

Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders with Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayo Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes (includes slow cooking time)

In the cookbook, there's a recipe for the brioche buns they are served with at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. I opted to use store-bought Hawaiian sweet rolls to make this recipe an easy weeknight meal!


Ingredients:

Kalua Pork



  • 1 (4-pound) boneless pork shoulder (also called boneless pork butt)

  • 1 large organic banana leaf, cut in half widthwise, optional

  • coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Pineapple Chutney



  • 1 pound diced pineapple (I used canned tidbits, partially drained)

  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, diced

  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, diced small

  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup rice vinegar

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)

  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

  • coarse salt, to taste


Spicy Mayonnaise



  • 6 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha (Asian hot chili sauce)

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

  • coarse salt, to taste


Brioche Rolls or Hawaiian sweet rolls


Directions:

Kalua Pork



  1. If you bought a bone-in piece of pork, cut out the bone. Cut pork into two pieces and season with salt and pepper and wrap each piece in a banana leaf half. (I omitted this since I couldn't find banana leaves near me.)

  2. Place pork in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on the lowest setting for 8 to 10 hours, until meat shreds easily with a fork.

  3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker, reserving drippings. Discard banana leaves, if using. Shred meat, adding drippings as needed to moisten.


Pineapple Chutney



  1. Combine all of the chutney ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.

  2. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until pineapple starts falling apart and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  3. Allow to cool and then refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to serve.


Spicy Mayonnaise



  1.  Whisk together all of the ingredients for the spicy mayo in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


To serve



  1. Cut rolls in half. Place warm pulled pork on bottom of the roll. Place pineapple chutney on top and drizzle spicy mayo over the chutney. Top with second half of the roll and repeat.


Notes: I made the Kaula Pork a day ahead and refrigerated it along with the drippings and it tasted awesome! I recommend doing this to make your prep and cooking super easy for say a weeknight or many weeknight meals!


from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Recipes & Stories Celebrating 20 Years by Pam Brandon and The Disney Chefs


We love that you love to share our recipes with others. If you have a blog or website and want to repost the recipe, we just ask that you reword the instructions (easy peasy) and link back to give us credit and to use your own images at the same time. Please ask us permission before republishing our recipes and images. And here's a great article on how to properly attribute a recipe.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders from Epcot Food & Wine Festival thelittlekitchen.net

Disclosure: I was hosted by Walt Disney World as a media guest for the opening weekend of the Festival. The opinions I share are always my own and always share with you what I love.