Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork-194

I love Hawaiian cooking and Luaus. Even though we go to the islands every year, Pioneer Dad never seems to tire of attending at least one Luau. They have always reminded me of big family dinners with entertainment. Dinners with local fruits, salads, rice, fish and my favorite dish Kahlua pulled pork sandwiches.

Unfortunately I don’t have an Imu (a big underground pit lined with rocks and banana leaves) at home, but I do have a crockpot. The crockpot and several carefully chosen ingredients help create the taste of Hawaiian island style Kahlua pork. This recipe is more Asian influenced then most. But it’s easy to prepare, a breeze to assemble and turns out perfect every time. I like to let the crockpot do the work overnight so it’s ready by lunchtime.

Be generous with the Hawaiian sauce on the sandwiches.

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 8 hr.
Total Time: 8 hr. 10 min.
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

1. Ingredients 

¼ cup teriyaki marinade
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 to 3 pounds pork shoulder or pork loin
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 (6-ounce) can pineapple juice
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
8 French rolls
1 can of sliced pineapple rings
Hawaiian Sauce:
2 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbl. ginger, chopped
2 Tbl. garlic, chopped

2. Directions

In small bowl, combine teriyaki mix, paprika and pepper.

Coat the pork the with rub mixture, patting until all rub is used. Set aside.

In a bowl whisk together the chicken broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili sauce and pineapple juice. Set aside.

Pulled Pork-189Put the chopped onions and carrots in a 5-quart slow cooker. Place the pork on top of the carrots and onions and pour half of the pineapple juice mixture over pork.

Pulled Pork-190Reserve remainder of the marinade for Hawaiian sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. The meat should fall apart easily. Remove the roast from the slow cooker to a cutting board. Using 2 forks carefully pull the meat into shreds. Serve the pork on rolls drizzled with the Hawaiian sauce or on the side for dipping.

Pulled Pork-192Hawaiian Sauce

In a medium pot heat the oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Pour the remaining pineapple juice mixture into the sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Assemble sandwiches and serve with pineapple rings and Hawaiian sauce.

3. Tips 

A bowl of short grain rice with finely chopped celery or an Asian style salad make a good compliment to pulled pork sandwiches.

Reserve any remaining pulled pork for pulled pork burritos, pot stickers or Hawaiian pizza.

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