Thursday, October 27, 2011

Italian Pepperoncini Pork Sandwiches

I've warned you. I'm on a slow cooker streak here. Mostly because I'm lazy we've had soccer practice, which has left little time for meal prep and cooking when we get home. And when we get home, we are usually hungry.

No, starving.

That is why it is of the utmost importance to have something that is practically ready to go (or maybe 5 minutes of work) once we do get home. Hungry hubby = cranky hubby. And nobody likes one of those.

Pulled pork can definitely bring on a big yawn-seen-that-a-million-times factor, but the fact that pepperoncinis were added caught my eye. Spicy pulled pork? Now that's something I hadn't thought of before, well without the addition of spicy barbecue sauce that is. Count me in.

Italian Pepperoncini Pork Sandwiches

Adapted from: The Meat and Potatoes Foodies

1 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
2 (1 ounce) packages dry Italian dressing mix, such as Good Seasons
1 (16 ounce) jar pepperoncini peppers, whole or sliced
6 slices Provolone cheese
6 hamburger buns

Line a slow cooker with a liner. Place the pork in the slow cooker; sprinkle with dry dressing mix. Pour the jar of peppers with juice into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the pork shreds easily.

Remove pork from slow cooker and shred with two forks, discarding any extra fat and bone. Place shredded pork in a large bowl. If whole pepperoncini are used, remove the stems and slice. Mix pepperoncinis into the pork.

Serve on hamburger buns topped with a slice of Provolone cheese.

Serves: 6

While I had high hopes that these would be nice and spicy, the pepperoncinis let me down a bit. This is definitely more spicy than regular ol' pulled pork, but if you're going for spicy, this was more on the mild side. Adam said he got a bit of heat, but I didn't really notice any. Next time I think I'll switch up which peppers I'm using.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 269g
Amount per serving
Calories 584Calories from fat 305
% Daily Value
Total Fat 33.9g52%
Saturated Fat 14.2g71%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 1831mg76%
Total Carbs 30.2g10%
Fiber 2.0g8%
Sugars 2.9g
Protein 38.0g
Vitamin A 5%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 30%Iron 17%


  1. I have never made pulled pork but this is inspiring me to try. Looks dang good. I love my slow cooker(s), so much so I have 4. Lol. We have a horse so if my daughter wants to ride and we want to eat then it's slow cooker meals for sure. It's a life saver with busy kids. I am now eyeing your vegetarian sloppy joes. Dang girl you are making me seriously hungry over here.

  2. What a great way to change it up a bit!! I will have to give this a go!

  3. This sounds like a great recipe for me to use in my slow cooker!Next step, I need to go find the ingredients!

  4. I love pulled pork. We love spicy things, so adding peppers is a great idea!

  5. A friend of mine is addicted to pepperoncini's in the slow cooker with huge slabs of meat (he's a guy, that's literally how exotic his cooking gets) and I've always wondered how to kick it up. I love pork in the slow cooker because well - I love a good pulled pork. This one sounds like a great base for a quick dinner night.



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