On days I don’t have time to cook or when I’m feeling like I don’t want to spend my evening cooking dinner for hours, I usually lean towards finding a crockpot recipe. There’s just something about throwing everything in a slow cooker and leaving it to enjoy later. Yesterday was one of those days where I had no desire to cook but the family must eat, right??

Back in January my friend and I swapped recipes — I gave her my crockpot pork barbacoa recipe and she gave me this AMAZING island pork. I’m actually not sure where this recipe originated (if I figure it out I’ll let you know). My friend got it from her sister-in-law who probably got it from someone else, who got it from someone else…you know where this is going. I love sharing recipes!!


Pork Rub
(will cover two pork tenderloins or one pork roast)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon


1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp Tabasco (or water if less heat is desired)


Coat the pork with the spice rub. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over moderately high heat. Brown pork, turning, about 4-6 minutes total (I actually didn’t do this yesterday because of timing and it still turned out great). Place the roast in the crockpot and cover the pork with the glaze. Add about a cup of water and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

** My crockpot seems to cook things a little faster so it takes about 7 hours. Just make sure to take your crockpot settings into account when cooking. Temperatures vary. **


Coconut milk rice
1 1/2 cups of jasmine rice
2 cups of lite or regular coconut milk
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
(plus a little more, it may come out just barely under cooked if you don’t)

Rinse rice in cold water. Combine rice, milks and sugar in pan. Bring to a boil and then cook on low, covered for about 35 minutes. Make sure to stir the rice a couple of times to ensure it’s cooking evenly.


Serve rice and pork together and cover with sliced mango.

Seriously, the first time I made this I knew it would become a family favorite! It is SOOOOO good!! Usually it’s such a battle getting our boys to eat their dinner but when I’ve made this, the boys eat it right up which makes for a very happy mommy!!

Printable Island Pork Recipe Card
Printable Coconut Milk Rice Recipe Card

Bon Appétit!!