Slow Cooker Pulled Pork & Cheesy Jalapeno Sandwich

Get more “you” time in your day and let the slow cooker do all the work!

There are so many reasons why pulled pork is a good thing.

Here are some:

It’s so easy to make, just add all ingredients to a slow cooker and forget about it until it’s time to eat;

-The house smells really good while it’s cooking;

-You can make a lot of things with it or just eat it as is;

-Leftovers can easily be repurposed by using them for an entirely different recipe;

-The pulled pork turns out super tender;

-It’s a good reason to pull the slow cooker out of the cupboard and use it if you haven’t used it for awhile;

-It tastes wonderful with barbecue sauce; and

-It makes amazingly great soft tacos.

I just can’t help but mention something about what a good deal a pork roast can be when it’s on sale.  I like to walk by the meat case each time I’m in the grocery store to see what’s on sale.

And when pork roasts are on a great sale, it’s a good time to stock up…if there’s enough room left in my freezer that is.

This pulled pork is seasoned with south-of-the-border flavors including two types of chili powder, cumin and Mexican oregano so it has a spicy bite to it.

When making a sandwich out of this pulled pork, an option is to use American cheese which melts in every nook and cranny of the pork and tastes really good when topped with sliced nacho jalapeno peppers.

This sandwich is also included below.  It’s such a good sandwich.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

For the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – pork shoulder or blade roast, apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, water, Mexican oregano, chipotle chili powder, ancho chili powder, ground cumin, water, salt and pepper

For the Pulled Pork Sandwich – soft rolls or buns, sliced American cheese, sliced hot pepper Monterrey jack cheese, sliced nacho jalapenos (from a jar).

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pulled Pork:

In a large slow cooker pot, add water, apple cider vinegar, and the pork roast.

Then on top of the pork, add half of the following ingredients…

…ancho chili powder,

chipotle chili powder,

ground cumin,

smoked paprika,

salt,

pepper,

and Mexican oregano.  With a cooking brush, spread all of the spices evenly on top of the meat.

Using a large cooking fork, turn the pork roast over on its other side.

On top of the pork add the remaining ancho chili powder, chipotle chili powder,

cumin,

smoked paprika,

salt,

pepper and Mexican oregano.  With a cooking brush, spread all of the spices evenly on top of the meat.

Top with chopped onions and garlic.

Cover the pot with a lid and cook on the low setting for 6 hours or until the pork is moist and tender.

When the pork is moist and tender, transfer it to a large shallow dish such as a casserole dish (reserve the liquid left in the slow cooker).

Using a fork in each hand, pull the pork apart into pieces.  Add a couple ladles of the liquid left in the slow cooker and mix it into the shredded pork.

Salt to taste.  Serve warm.

For the Pulled Pork Sandwiches:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the rolls in half horizontally and lay them face up on a large cookie sheet.

Ladle about 1 tablespoon of liquid from the slow cooker over the insides of the rolls.

Add the pulled pork to the bottom sides of the rolls.

Then,

top with American cheese….and add the hot pepper jack cheese to the bottom sides of the rolls.

Bake in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt (about 5 minutes).

Top the melted American cheese with the nacho jalapeno peppers.  Add the top side of each bun to the sandwiches.

Serve while warm and dig in.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Pulled Pork Recipes You May Like:

Saucy Pulled Pork Sandwiches by How Sweet It Is

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork by The Pioneer Woman

Caribbean Pulled Pork Sandwich by Kevin & Amanda

Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Sliders by Lauren’s Latest

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Pulled Pork and Cheese Jalapeno Sandwich

Get more "you" time in your day and let the slow cooker do all the work!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork Sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
(Additional time to make the sandwiches) 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients

For the Pulled Pork:

  • 4 pounds pork shoulder or blade roast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pasilla ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican dried oregano leaves
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped

For the Pulled Pork Sandwiches:

  • Pulled pork
  • 10 small French rolls
  • 10 slices American cheese
  • 10 large slices hot pepper Monterrey jack cheese
  • 2 cups sliced nacho jalapeno peppers from a jar

Instructions

For the Pulled Pork:

  1. In a large slow cooker pot, add water, apple cider vinegar, and the pork roast.  

  2. On top of the roast, add half of the following ingredients; Ancho chili powder, Chipotle chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and oregano. With a cooking brush, spread all of the spices evenly on top of the meat.

  3. Using a large cooking fork, turn the pork roast over on its other side and top with the remaining spices.  With a cooking brush spread all of the spices evenly on top of the meat.

  4. Top the pork with onions and garlic. 

  5. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on the low setting for 6 hours or until the pork is moist and tender. 

  6. When the pork is moist and tender, transfer it to a large shallow dish such as a casserole dish and reserve the liquid that is left in the slow cooker. 

  7. With a fork in each hand, pull the pork apart into pieces. Add a couple ladles of the liquid left in the slow cooker and mix it into the shredded pork. Salt to taste and serve while warm.

For the Pulled Pork Sandwiches:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Cut the rolls in half horizontally and lay them face up on a large cookie sheet. Ladle 1 tablespoon of liquid from the slow cooker over the insides of the rolls. 

  3. Top the bottom sides of the rolls with the pulled pork and American cheese. 
  4. To the top sides of the rolls, add hot pepper jack cheese. 

  5. Bake in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt (about 6 minutes). 
  6. Top the melted American cheese with sliced nacho jalapeno peppers (from a jar).  Add the top side of each bun to the sandwiches.  Serve while warm.