These Banh Mi pulled pork sandwiches are inspired by Vietnamese flavors made right in your slow cooker.
You’ll love these Banh Mi pulled pork sandwiches because it’s…
made right in your slow cooker
both sweet and savory
The making of these slow cooker banh mi inspired pulled pork sandwiches…
First, start by seasoning the pork shoulder with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Now, in a large pan, on medium-high heat, add a couple tablespoons of sesame oil, then cook the pork until all sides are golden brown. Once it’s done, grease the crock pot with extra sesame seed oil, then put the pork into the slow cooker. Next, make the marinade to pour over the pork. Cook the pork on high for about 4 hours, low for 6 hours. When it’s finished, the pork will easily pull apart with a fork.
With both sweet and savory characteristics, the marinade is inspired by the flavors of Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. This recipe uses honey as the main sweetener. In addition, it has three tablespoons of brown sugar for more depth, a can of tomato paste for some acidity, a half a cup of low sodium soy sauce, fish sauce for umami and plenty of aromatics to round out the flavors.
Garnishing your Banh Mi pulled pork sandwich…
Traditional banh mi sandwiches use baguettes to house the meat and veggies. For these slow cooker banh mi inspired pulled pork sandwiches, I used ciabatta rolls which I toasted using the broiler setting on my oven. After, spread sriracha mayo onto the bread.
For the toppings, I topped my pulled pork with shredded red cabbage, to add extra crunch. In addition, pickled veggies are added for acidity which creates an extra layer of flavor and depth to the sandwich. Pickling vegetables is an uncomplicated process, and I have a quick pickle recipe available, free, for my subscribers. If you’re interested, all you need to do is fill out the form below, and I’ll send it to your inbox immediately. Plus, when you become a member, you get access to other exclusive recipes and other printables. The vegetables I decided to pickle were a red bell pepper, jalapenos, carrots, radishes, and cucumbers.
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- 1 c. pure honey
- ½ c. tamari soy sauce
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp coarse ground coriander
- 2 tbsp garlic, finely minced (about 5 cloves)
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced (about a thumb-sized piece)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp chili flakes,, optional
- Large lemon or lime, juice + zest
- 2 scallions,, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- ½ c. fresh cilantro,, roughly chopped
- Vegetable stock,, optional (see notes)
- 3 -5 lbs Pork shoulder
- 2 tbsp Sesame oil,, plus more for crockpot
- Buns,, I used ciabatta
- red cabbage,, shredded
- Pickled veggies,, see notes
- Fresh cilantro
- sriracha mayo
- Using a large pinch of salt and pepper, season the meat. Coat the pan in sesame oil. On medium-high heat, sear pork until all sides are golden brown.
- Coat slow cooker with sesame seed oil
- Whisk all marinade ingredients together, and pour over pork.
- Set on high for 4-5 hours
- Pull apart with a fork.
- To make the sandwiches, lightly toast the buns using the broiler. Dress the toasty bread with sriracha mayo, pulled pork, shredded red cabbage and pickled veggies.
You can marinate the pork overnight before searing to inject more flavor. Just pour marinade into the crockpot
Keep vegetable stock on stand by. I typically do not have to add liquid, but if the liquid gets below halfway, add some stock to help it out.
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