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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork and Cheese Jalapeno Sandwich

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

Equipment

  • 5 quart slow cooker (crockpot) or larger

Instructions

For the Pulled Pork:

  • In a large slow cooker pot, add water, apple cider vinegar, and the pork roast.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Top the pork with 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 and reserve the liquid that is left in the slow cooker. 
  • 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:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • 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. 
  • Top the bottom sides of the rolls with the pulled pork and American cheese. 
  • To the top sides of the rolls, add hot pepper jack cheese. 
  • Bake in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt (about 6 minutes). 
  • 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.