Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Slow Cooker Soy and Cola Pork Sandwiches

Oh.my.goodness. Yet another slow cooker recipe?

It happens. Kind of like life.

Which is why these slow cooker recipes are so important. Some days you just can't make a wonderful nice meal, slaving away in the kitchen for an hour or two, no matter how much you want to. (Anyone claiming otherwise... I strongly beg to differ.)

And if you're wondering, yes, I am getting a bit "pulled pork"-ed out. It's still pulled pork, no matter how you dress it up. But Adam was the one that picked out this recipe and stared me down with some puppy dog eyes, so it's not like I had a choice in the matter. The only choice I had was to convert this from a stove-top to a crockpot recipe. Which I did gladly. Much less work for me. And it helps to avoid hungry-cranky husband syndrome. Definitely a must.

Slow Cooker Soy and Cola Pork Sandwiches

Adapted from: Cooking Light, October 2011

3 pounds bone-in pork shoulder (Boston Butt)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cola
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
8 ounces Monterrey Jack cheese, cut into 1 ounce slices
8 hamburger buns

Cover a slow cooker with a liner. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour mixture over pork. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until pork shreds easily. Remove the bone and transfer pork to a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the pork. Place pulled pork on each hamburger bun and top with a slice of cheese.

Serves: 8

This is a nice combination of the infamous Coke Pulled Pork and Asian flair. Neither one are overly pronounced or outweigh the other. I didn't boil down the liquid mixture as called for in the original recipe, but that is always an option, and would probably give some extra punch to those flavors. While I wasn't overly impressed, the hubby sure enjoyed these and quickly devoured a few of them in one sitting, followed by polishing the rest off for the lunch the next day.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 345g
Amount per serving
Calories 638Calories from fat 309
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34.3g53%
Saturated Fat 14.4g72%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 1361mg57%
Total Carbs 35.5g12%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugars 12.8g
Protein 41.5g
Vitamin A 6%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 30%Iron 22%


  1. Holy cow! Look at those slices of cheese! Delish!

  2. Okay so first this looks so good. And secondly that looks like pepsi on the counter. Which would mean I love you. Unless it's coke, then it's still a like situation. I just made pulled pork for the first time recently and my goodness it is one tasty meal. I had no idea. I love that you added an asian flair to yours. Great recipe.

  3. I love slow cooker recipes, so keep 'um coming! I'm going to try this one. Oh, and I hate hungry-cranky-husband syndrome!

  4. I thought the cheese slices were slabs of butter for a split second, haha.

    I wonder how the diet soda would act if you cooked it down.

  5. Im a Pepsi Max addict so I giggled a little when I saw that in the background.

    I can't imagine being pulled pork-ed out (buuut I haven't been eating it nights on end either).

  6. Ihave two slow cookers and never use them I am intreagued by this recipe. I might just dust one off and use it.



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