But, they distribute blueberries too! So imagine my excitement when they contacted me to develop some recipes using blueberries!
With blueberry season in full swing, you will have no problem using them up with my blueberry recipes this week.
Staring with Blueberry BBQ Sauce Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
This BBQ sauce is to die for. I’m not kidding. It is really good. The freshness of the fruit really cuts thru the richness of the meat.
You start with a shallot and a jalapeño. Sweat them out a little bit.
Then add in your blueberries and start cooking them until they burst a little bit. Then add in your common BBQ sauce ingredients: ketchup, balsamic vinegar, honey, and some powered mustard.
Blend it all up and pour it back into the pan. At this point you could pass it thru a strainer but I liked it a little chunky.
Then take your pulled pork and mix it with the blueberry BBQ sauce.
Serve the pulled pork on pretzel buns or soft hamburger rolls topped with coleslaw.
Really, make this. And then thank me.
- For the pork:
- 3-4 pound pork butt
- For the BBQ Sauce:
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large shallot, diced small
- 1 large jalapeño, finely diced with seeded removed
- 2 pints blueberries
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ tablespoon mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- For coleslaw:
- 1 bag coleslaw mix
- ½ cup mayonnaise, full fat or light
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pretzel rolls or soft hamburger buns
- For the pulled pork: place the pork butt in the slow cooker and rub with salt, cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low or until meat shreds easily. Shred up all of the meat separating out all of the fat. Set aside.
- For the BBQ sauce: In a large sauce pan over medium heat cook the shallots and jalapeños until soft. Add in the blueberries and cook until they burst, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining BBQ sauce ingredients and cook for 3-5 more minutes. Pour mixture into a blender and give it a good blend. Pour back into the pan and add in the pulled pork. Keep warm.
- For the coleslaw: Mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, and salt. Toss with the coleslaw mix.
- For the sandwiches: Place a roll of your choosing on a plate. Pile high with pulled pork and coleslaw.
Note: Cooking time reflects the slow cooker time for the pork butt.
Gourmet Trading sent me the blueberries for recipe development. I was not compensated in any other way.