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Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs
  • Calories: 593
slow cooker pork sandwich with cilantro pineapples, onions and bbq sauce on a bun on a butting board.

Our favorite slow-cooker pulled pork recipe teams up with caramelized onion and squishy, pillowy rolls to make for an out-of-this-world pineapple pulled pork sandwich.

We Had You At Pineapple-y Pulled Pork, Right?

We all need a secret stash of easy and delicious recipes to serve to company and this pineapple pulled pork recipe sits at the top of our list of easy recipes for a crowd. Because the pulled pork is cooked in a slow-cooker, you can prep it ahead and be relaxed and ready when your guests arrive, which is all-too-rare and oh-so-essential! The whole recipe is deceptively simple—for both the pineapple pulled pork and for the sandwiches you make with it—and it’s cost effective enough to make for a lot of people. And if this sounds delicious to you, but you don’t have a crowd to feed, no worries! Leftover pulled pork freezes really well.

pineapple pulled pork  in a crockpot
slow cooker pineapple pulled pork in a serving bowl

We’re Going To Let You In On A Pulled Pork Seasoning Tip.

And that tip is canned, crushed pineapple. Not only is it the glorious sweet-savory combination of rich pork and fragrant pineapple the defining flavor of this dish, the canned, crushed pineapple works a special tenderizing magic on the pulled pork as it simmers away in your Crock-Pot. Pineapple is quite acidic, and so—much like Dr. Pepper, another popular pulled pork seasoning—it works to break the pork down as it cooks, ensuring that your finished pork is absolutely falling apart and perfectly juicy. In addition to salt, pepper and pineapple, our pulled pork gets cooked with:

  • Tamari or soy sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh jalapeños
  • Garlic cloves
  • Limes
  • Onion
a whole pineapple peeled on a cutting board with a knife
a whole pineapple sliced in half

What’s the Best Cut For Pulled Pork?

Pork shoulder is the most classic cut of pork to use for making pulled pork and it’s our go-to. It’s also the preferred cut of most great BBQ joints, and who are we to question the greats!? If you can’t get your hands on a pork shoulder, pork butt, aka Boston butt (which is also, confusingly, cut from the shoulder of a pig) works great, too. Both pork shoulder and Boston butt are cuts of pork that are inherently fatty and tough—in other words, they really lend themselves to a good, long, low, and slow cook.

How To Make This Easy Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled pork and slow-cookers are a match made in culinary heaven. A rich, fatty, hearty slab of pork, plus a few, choice, flavorful ingredients and you’re golden. It’s literally as easy as:

  1. Combine your pork, pineapple, both kinds of garlic, chili, lime, jalapeños and onion in a slow-cooker.
  2. Cook on high for four hours. Walk away! Do something fun!
  3. When it’s done, use two forks to shred the pork in the Crock-Pot. Then, stir the shredded meat around to absorb all the fragrant, sweet-salty-spicy juices. Get really excited, because it’s time to.....
pulled pork sandwiches with cilantro, pineapples and caramelized red onions on a cutting board.

Make Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwiches!

OK, your pineapple pulled pork has been bubbling away in the slow-cooker for a few hours, and your house is starting to smell really, really, really good. Time to think about what it’ll take to help that pulled pork reach its ultimate purpose—to fill the best ever pulled pork sandwiches! Here’s what to do:

  1. Caramelize pineapple. Sounds fancy-schmancy, is actually quite simple. Basically just brown some slices of fresh pineapple in sugar in a skillet (but see below for the full step-by-step).
  2. Grab a jar of your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce, or make your own! So many families have their own “famous” barbecue sauce, and if yours is one of them, this sandwich is a great place to use it!
  3. Get some really great, pillowy-squishy sandwich rolls and cut them in half. We really adore this sandwich with classic sweet Hawaiian buns, but it is also good on brioche rolls.
  4. Once the pulled pork is done, all that’s left to do is assemble and eat! If you’re serving it to company, it can be fun to let everyone DIY their pineapple pulled pork sandwiches so that they can adjust the balance of ingredients to suit their own preferences.
pulled pork sandwiches with cilantro, pineapples and caramelized red onions on a cutting board.
slow cooker pork sandwich with cilantro pineapples, onions and bbq sauce on a bun on a butting board.

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A hand holding a slow cooker pork sandwich with cilantro pineapples, onions and bbq sauce on a bun.

The Best Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe, Period.

If we do say so ourselves. We know that we love it, but we want to know if YOU love it! If you make these juicy, drippy, sweet-salty pineapple pulled pork sandwiches, we want to hear about it! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can see your incredible handiwork! Happy eating!

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs
  • Calories: 593

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Pork shoulder (or butt) cut into 3-4" pieces
  • 20 oz Canned crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Jalapeños minced
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 3/4 Onion (red or yellow) minced
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • Bbq sauce for sandwich
  • Cilantro for sandwich

Caramelized Pineapple

  • 1/4 Remaining onion, 1" pieces
  • 1 Pineapple, diced
  • 3 tbsp Brown sugar

Method

  1. In a slow cooker add all ingredients from pork to salt and pepper. Set slow cooker to high for 4 hours. Pork should be falling apart. Using two forks shred the pork in the pot (removing any large fat pieces) and stir around to absorb all the juice. Adjust salt as needed.
  2. While the pork is cooking set a skillet over medium heat. Add all ingredients for caramelized pineapple and stir until sugar begins to melt. Stir often until pineapple begins to brown and onions begin to soften. About 8-10 minutes add water a few tablespoons at a time to deglaze the pan if needed. Stir until all sides are golden.
  3. On a brioche or sweet Hawaiian bun scoop 1/3 cup pulled pork and top with BBQ sauce, caramelized pineapples and cilantro. Enjoy!