Cranberry Maple Shredded Pork

Cranberry sauce is not just for Thanksgiving. In fact, I used a jar of whole cranberry relish to make pulled pork tonight. With the leftover mac & cheese I still had from the other day, I stretched the remaining cheesy goodness to make fried mac & cheese nuggets.

The cranberry is one of only a handful of fruits native to North America. As documented by the Pilgrims, cranberries were found in abundance in Massachusetts in 1620 and rumor has it that they may have been served at the first Thanksgiving dinner, although we have no way of knowing for sure. Written recipes using cranberries date back to the 1700s and the first recorded cranberry crop in history dates back to 1816 in Dennis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Cranberries soon cemented their place in New England life by serving as a vital source of vitamin C for whalers and a valuable natural resource to residents.
Tonight, cranberry sauce and a touch of maple syrup sweetened my pork ribs in the crockpot, which was then shredded and served in a toasted bun. Here is my recipe for Cranberry Maple Shredded Pork:

2lbs country pork ribs
salt & pepper
1 1/2 cups whole cranberry sauce
1/2 cup french salad dressing
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 onion, sliced

Season pork ribs with salt & pepper.
Place ribs in crockpot; top with onions.
Combine remaining ingredients and pour over pork.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.
I served this on a toasted bun, ceasar salad and
fried mac & cheese nuggets.

Here is my recipe for fried mac & cheese nuggets - a great way to use up leftover mac & cheese:

Prepared mac & cheese, chilled
Egg scrambled
Panko Japanese Breadcrumbs
Cooking oil

Heat pan with oil.
Cut chilled mac & cheese in cubes.
Dredge cubes in flour to coat.
Dip cubes in egg wash.
Roll cubes in panko.
Fry up until golden brown.
Drain and let it cool.


  1. O.M.G. Fried mac n' cheese... you are a genius!! I wish I would have seen this last week when I had some leftover!

  2. I so want some fried mac and cheese bites now. Joelen, those look sinfully good! It all looks great. Why did you not invite me over for dinner? :)

  3. mmm...fried mac & cheese! Hopefully my arteries will survive it! Looks yummy!!!

  4. You had me at "fried" - sounds terrific. And a good excuse to try out Panko crumbs!

  5. I go to Cheesecake Factory for the Fried Mac N' Cheese... so now I wont have too... These WILL be on my menu next week YUM!

  6. These look SOOO delish!! My DH and I and had these a few weeks ago at a local restaurant and he loved them. I've been trying to figure out ever since how to make them and now it seems like I've got a recipe to try now! Thanks so much Joelen!! You rock girl!!

  7. Would you believe I have a bowl of mac and cheese leftover from last night? I never have mac and cheese hanging around. Hmmm. I am totally motivated. These little nuggets sounds delicious.

    You have some really great recipes on the blog. I could spend a long time here.