Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

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Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich
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We all need those easy and delicious go-to recipes to serve to company and this pineapple pulled pork is a great place to start.

How often do you find yourself wondering what to make for company? Generally, my inspiration starts with what I have in the fridge, but it’s also nice to have a reliable crowd pleaser that is simple (and cost effective) enough to make for a lot of people. Pulled pork wins it for me everytime!

I’ve made smoked pulled pork, braised pulled pork, BBQ pulled pork and every other pulled pork in between, but with my family’s currently crazy schedule and being out and about adventuring now that summer is upon us, slow cooker pulled pork is where it’s at.

How do you make slow cooker pulled pork?

If the words “slow cooker” are in the title of a recipe it’s pretty safe to assume that the difficulty level is going to be low, and this recipe is no exception. For this super easy dish we used lots pineapple, some jalapeños, a few of our favorite seasonings, and of course pork.

Once all of our ingredients are in the slow cooker, I put a lid on it and head out of the house to spend the day at our health club pool. That’s my kind of meal prep!

Once cooked, the pork shredding process should take little to no muscle, because using the slow cooker allows for really tender meat. Just shred that juicy meat up and get ready to serve it.

Which cut of meat should I use for pulled pork?

Deciding on which cut to use is a common inquiry. With so many choices it can be confused. Pork Shoulder is your best bet, and is the preferred cut of most great BBQ joints (which is always a great place to take your queues).

If you can’t get your hands on a shoulder, it’s okay to settle for a Boston butt which is half of the shoulder, the other half being the picnic shoulder, which can also work. Any of these options will result in juicy, easy to shred pulled pork.

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

What else can I use this pineapple pulled pork for?

So, now that you’ve cooked yourself a crowd-sized portion of pineapple pulled pork what do you do with it all?  

Let’s start off with these sandwiches that are loaded with BBQ sauce and topped with caramelized pineapple and onions. YUM!

If bread is something you’re trying to avoid, have no fear. This pulled pork is also great for tacos, rice bowls, salads, burritos, and breakfast hashes. And if you find you’ve made too much (as if there were such a thing) it stores great in the freezer.

Thanks to this Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork, the next time you have a crowd to feed at a family BBQ or backyard party you’ll know exactly what to make!

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

Serves 8

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 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. Let sit without touching until pineapple begins to brown. About 3-5 minutes. 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!