Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

June 17, 2014  |  BBQ, Comfort, Dinner, Dinners, Easy, Lunch, Pork, Sandwiches, Savory

When the boys are around and the TV is on, it’s baseball, basketball or Spongebob. And while I am a big fan of all 3 (yes, ALL 3), I need a little more mental stimulation occasionally. Sorry boys.ย In that rare instance where I have some kid-free time and actually get to sit on the couch by myself or with Naomi to watch TV, I am almost always disappointed with what’s on. So inevitably, I end up putting on a classic movie, like an old western, or a sitcom, such as Seinfeld, my all time favorite show. And both never fail to entertain me. Even when I know the entire script by memory, which annoys the heck out of Naomi.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich from Real Food by Dad

When it comes to food, I similarly find that sometimes, a return to a classic brings me the same type of joy and contentment. In this instance, it worked with this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Yeah, everyone says their pulled pork recipe is the best, but I’m not sure if I’m quite ready or skilled enough to make that claim. But what I can say is that this one is a little bit sweet, a little bit smokey and where it differs from all others lies in the bread. Take it from me, skip the usual sandwich bun and use a sweet sliced bread, grill it with some Parmesan cheese on the outside to give it a slightly salty taste, then finish it off with a dusting of powdered sugar. And that’s what sets this apart from all others.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich via Real Food by Dad

And let me tell you, in addition to the awesome flavors in the pork and bread, this is one seriously easy weeknight meal and a sure crowd pleaser. When you’ve got a crazy busy schedule like we do, time-savers like this are a must. You just need to spend a few minutes prepping the pork and rub, toss them in the slow cooker, then go on with your busy day while this baby simmers in the slow cooker all day long. And what’s better than coming home to a sweet smell that permeates the house after a long day? Not much. Other than a big, warm, loving hug from your wife and kids and a kiss on the baby’s cheek.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich by Real Food by Dad



Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich from Real Food by Dad

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  • Yield: 4-5 Servings

When the boys are around and the TV is on, it's baseball, basketball or Spongebob. And while I am a big fan of all 3 (yes, ALL 3), I …


  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 lb. boneless pork shoulder
  • 8-10 slices Hawaiian Sweet Bread
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Place the garlic and chicken stock in the slow cooker. Combine the sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, and paprika in a small bowl.. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat in slow cooker. Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low. Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Skim and drain the liquid; set aside. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces. Pour reserved liquid on top shredded meat.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of both slices of bread. Sprinkle and press grated parmesan onto mayonnaise Place assembled sandwich in pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Dust finished sandwich with powdered sugar.
  3. **NOTES** (1) This recipe is adapted from

  • Natasha @ The Perfectionist

    Powdered sugar on a sandwich! That sounds amazing and I can’t believe I’ve never tried it. I agree about what’s on tv these days. We’re still producing some great dramas and sitcoms but they’re sometimes hard to find in amongst all the other things that are broadcast. Old classics are the best! Seinfeld never aired properly here (that I’m aware of) so I’ve only seen odd episodes, but I still watch Friends reruns whenever they’re on.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Natasha!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I never thought I would see a beautiful pulled pork sandwich, but you did it! I love pulled pork (who doesn’t?) so I must try these..and powdered sugar on a sandwich? Never had it, but YES! Pinning

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Taylor! The powdered sugar and parmesan cheese give the sandwich give each bite so much flavor:)

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    I never even thought to put pulled pork on Hawaiian bread slices, but good call! We made pulled pork for Father’s Day and when they didn’t have large Hawaiian rolls, I sadly resorted to plain buns. Obviously, that was a mistake! Good thinking Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Ha! Thanks Bri. I could literally eat Hawaiian Sweet Bread all day long. By itself.

  • Alice Choi

    oh my gawd, you’ve done it again. Hawaiian sweet bread grilled with some Parm and then a dusting of powdered sugar?! I am amazed. This is brilliant!!! and who doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe?! love this, Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Alice, you’re so sweet! Just like the bread:)

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Pulled pork sandwiches are my go-to weeknight meal. I definitely need to try them on Hawaiian sweet bread though because that sounds incredible!

    • realfoodbydad

      So cool to hear that, thanks Ashley!!

  • Olivia Ribas

    What an amazing pulled pork sandwich!! My husband will love this ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • realfoodbydad

      Yes he will, Olivia! :)

  • azestybite

    This pulled pork sandwich would go so well in my house. I love pork, my husband loves pork and my toddler loves pork.

    • realfoodbydad

      So do we, Meagan! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Savory Simple

    This is my kind of dinner!

    • realfoodbydad

      Me too! Thanks Jennifer:)

  • Maggie Zhu

    Looks so delicious! This will be added to my lunch box recipe collection. :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Maggie!!

  • Meggan | Culinary Hill

    I honestly never would have thought to put powdered sugar on the outside! So clever. And your pulled pork rub is super easy, love that! And yes, Seinfeld is amazing. I think my favorite episode is still Bizarro Jerry. There are so many funny things happening there! We also really like Frasier. It took me a while to get into, I thought it was awful at first. Then I stopped trying to relate to the characters and it turned out to be funny! Anyway, thanks for another great recipe! :) Pulled pork is always a hit.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Meggan! One of my favorite episodes! Love when they all run into each other. Never gets old! Ever.

  • Lemons for Lulu

    Some days I think all my own parents and I do is quote Seinfeld. I donโ€™t think a day goes by where my life doesnโ€™t related to an episode! Matt, I am so intrigued by the powdered sugar! I need to try that combination as soon as possible!

  • FSBO Owners

    This has to be good! How can you go wrong with slow cooked pork shoulder, hawaiian bread, and coleslaw.

    • realfoodbydad

      It is!! Thanks so much!

  • Todd @ HonestlyYUM

    I love how you describe all the specific flavors going on here. I wish more people did that! Great tip about the bread as well. Oh, and I’m pretty sure we have the exact same TV schedule ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • realfoodbydad

      Somehow I don’t doubt we’ve got the same tv schedule, Todd!

  • Tiffany Skidmore

    These look amazing! I’ve been craving pulled pork since our recent move from Memphis. I agree with you about nothing being on tv and gotta love Seinfeld reruns! :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much for stopping by Tiffany!

  • jennikolaus

    Spongebob is the best cartoon invented. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I do love me a good Seinfeld marathon! And pulled pork? My absolute fave. Your version sounds amazing!! Pinned and can’t wait to make for my boys!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Jen! So there are others like me out there, so happy to know that! :)

  • Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    OMG this look sooo amazing, great photos, too!! YUM!!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Beth!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Returning to the classics is always the best!! Last night I was bored and put in my favorite Pride and Prejudice movie (the old Colin Firth BBC series) and despite knowing the whole dialogue I instantly was entertained. Classics like this pulled pork sandwich bring all the comfort we need. PS: Gorgeous photos!!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Zainab, we LOVE watching BBC series too!

  • Lauren Brennan

    Soooo, does the talent of taking gorgeous photos just run in your family? It looks like you’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade from your wife! ORRR, there’s something in your water. #prettysure

    • realfoodbydad

      Haha thanks Lauren. I owe it all to Naomi. I have been watching her do this for years and I guess I have picked some tricks up here and there. How lucky am I?

  • simplygloria1

    I have to say any kind of pulled pork is my fave! I love how you put it on the bread with the Parmesan action, too. (Super delish!)
    Speaking of tv shows, Justin and I are rarely ever happy with what’s on either… although, a bloody series is always my fave. (Last night was the season finale of Fargo… you have got to see the whole thing. It’s a true story and was phenomenal!)

    • realfoodbydad

      Bloody is good sometimes for sure! I will have to check that out, am I way behind?

  • Beth @ bethcakes

    I’ve lived in the south my whole life, so I’ve seen a lot of bbq recipes. But I have NEVER seen one with bread that has parmesan and powdered sugar on it and I must try it immediately. This looks amazing! :)

    • realfoodbydad

      What possessed me, I have no idea Beth, but it works so well! And with that bread, such a great combination of flavors going on at once:)

  • Tutti Dolci

    I love the ease of a slow cooker recipe in the summer, what great flavors!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Laura! So many good flavors throughout these, can’t wait to make them again over the summer.

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Sounds delicious! I like to add some liquid smoke to my slow cooker pulled pork :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Brandon, I need to try that next time!

  • Claire@ALittleClaireification

    I just love slow cooker pulled pork and, you’re right. There are a gazillion recipes but I always love the addition of slaw for that crunch and I think dusting with powdered sugar is brilliant. Almost like a monte cristo. Love that! Pinned!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Claire! That’s what I was thinking about when I decided to use a little powdered sugar. It’s very subtle.

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    I don’t eat pork but I must say that these pics got me drooling! Delicious!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Ami!!

  • cindy ensley

    I am loving what you did with the bread…so clever!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Cindy! I have a thing for doing bread like that, adds so much flavor and a little crunch.

  • Sandra Shaffer

    Isn’t that Hawaiian sweet bread the greatest? I use the rolls, but love what you did with the slices. We still laugh hysterically at Seinfeld episodes, and can be pretty obnoxious quoting scenes! Lol

    • realfoodbydad

      It is the greatest Sandra. We rarely had it as kids but when we did, it was such a big treat and I still love it!

  • Miryam Quinn Doblas

    My husband would love to eat this. I have never made pulled pork but chicken instead. I love slow cooker recipes so I might try this one soon :-)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Miryam! I don’t eat a lot of pork either, usually chicken too, but this turned out really good!

  • bellalimento

    I just ate a gazillion grilled cheese sandwiches and I would still devour this! Gimme LOL.

    • realfoodbydad

      Oh that’s right, I saw on IG that you were a judge today! Thanks for reminding me to get a new grilled cheese up soon:)

  • Kate@Diethood

    I’ve caught myself watching Spongebob without the kids… Also? Seinfeld is the reason that TBS is on. Also, also… pulled pork… in the slow cooker…and that bread!! Lawd, talk about a happy belly!

    • realfoodbydad

      Kate, if Seinfeld was still in production, no doubt you could write for them:)

  • foodnessgracious

    Aww dude, I hate Spongebob with a passion lol! I am fully versed on all Disney channel programs and teeny bop rock star idols though which gives me some cred with the kids in my daughter’s class I think :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Total street cred Gerry, I know exactly what you mean. In fact, to this day, when I am coaching and need to go to the mound to talk to a struggling pitcher, sometimes I help them relax by simply talking about one of those shows, to get their mind off the game for a moment. So it helps knowing the shows!

  • Danae | Recipe Runner

    You sound like my husband who has also memorized every episode of Seinfeld! I love the parmesan melted into the bread for that salty bite, and the powdered sugar is genius! Just when I thought pulled pork couldn’t get any better!

    • realfoodbydad

      I love that Danae! Thanks so much!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    My kids love SpongeBob, and I can’t really understand that show, but hey, at least they love sports, too! This sweet and spicy pulled pork looks out of this world on that Hawaiian bread. That’s a favorite of mine, and love that you added parmesan on the outside! Fabulous idea. :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Marcie! Same with my sons too, Spongebob and sports, at least there’s a balance!

  • Ashley – Baker by Nature

    This sandwich… I cannot even take it!!! Needless to say these will be made VERY soon.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Ashley!!

  • Jessica @AHappyFoodDance

    Powdered sugar on the bread- never heard if that. Must try!

    • realfoodbydad

      It is a good little add to this Jessica!

  • Krista

    I totally love the classics too, boys meet world, friends… and pulled pork or mac & cheese. Sometimes classics are just comforting and hit the spot. This sandwich totally looks like it would hit the spot. Need to make asap!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Krista! How could I forget Friends?!

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  • CrunchyCreamySw

    You totally sold me on this sandwich! Sweet and salt bread – I just have to try this! PS: I can’t stand Sponge Bob… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • realfoodbydad

      Oh no, I won’t tell my sons that:) Thanks Anna!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Matt, I’m being tortured by non-stop World cup soccer. If it’s not an actual game, then it is ESPN with highlights of all the games my son just watched. I’d love to sit and watch some Seinfeld. I can’t wait to get my tv back and get back to the classics. Haha
    This pulled pork sandwich looks delicious! I love how easy it is to make with a slow cooker. ๐Ÿ˜€ Great photos.

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I’m a huge Spongebob fan, too! I had a Spongebob bedspread growing up. It was mostly a joke from my parents, but secretly I loved it. Just about as much as I love pulled pork!! Esp with lots of slaw!

    • realfoodbydad

      That is hilarious, love hearing that. Thanks Megan!

  • [email protected]

    We actually don’t own a TV so no shows of any kind at our house. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t crave time away from the screen. This sandwich (sweet and salty) sounds just about perfect to me. Thank you for sharing it!

    • realfoodbydad

      I admire that actually! Thanks so much Monet!

  • Allie|Baking a Moment

    Oh my goodness, I think I need to send my hubby and kids over to your house because that is ALL that is EVER on around here. Sports, SpongeBob, and Seinfeld. Too funny. Love your pulled pork sandwiches and the bread treatment sounds really interesting!

    • realfoodbydad

      My kind of family! Love hearing that:) Thanks Allie!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I am so sold on the sandwich! Some of my favorite things going on…except SpongBob! Ha1 I can’t stand that one! :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much, Tieghan!!

  • Simply Happenstance

    Oh yum! This is the perfect lunch! I must make it for my guys!!!

    • realfoodbydad

      You definitely should:) So yummy!

  • Back For Seconds

    These look perfect. I love the powdered sugar dusting- so fun! And classics are classics for a reason. They’re awesome :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Stephanie!!

  • DessertForTwo

    This is probably the most photogenic batch of pulled pork I’ve ever seen. You do delicious food so beautifully!

    • realfoodbydad

      Wow thanks so much, Christina!

  • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

    The bread, cheese and sugar is genius. I need this in my life!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

  • Nancy

    I would NEVER have thought of putting powdered sugar on bread for a pulled pork sammich, Matt. That’s brilliant! I’d probably slather the bread with butter, fry it, melt the cheese and then top with sugar, cause I’m a total glutton and need to pack as much fat into all my meals as possible. And I totally agree with the other commenters – these photos of pulled pork are the best I’ve ever seen. Your photography skills are off the chain!

    • realfoodbydad

      Wow, thank you Nancy! I was cracking up as I read this, I am the same way sometimes as far as cheese and sugar goes. You’ll have to try a sandwrich with a little powdered sugar on it sometime, just a little though:)

  • Cooking Classy

    Pulled pork sandwiches are one of my favorites! Yours look perfect!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Jaclyn!

  • Kayley McCabe

    Once again, you’ve saved the day with your easy, perfect for a busy day meal! I am SO making this tonight! Sweet and smokey is just how I like my pork =)

    • realfoodbydad

      If you make this, let me know how it goes. We loved it, I especially loved the bread:) Thanks again Kayley!

  • Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater!

    MMM! On hawaiian sweet bread?! This looks incredible!

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