Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crockpot Pulled Pork Panini

If Ben had it his way, we'd eat barbeque every week. Don't get me wrong, I love some good barbeque like BBQ Chicken Pizza, but I find plain ole pulled pork boring. There's not much to it; just meat and a hamburger bun. So when Ben recently requested pulled pork and I wanted a crockpot dinner, I decided to please him but add a bit of variety. This sandwich turned out so good that next time he requests pulled pork, I won't complain!
(Makes 6+ meat servings)
  • ~2.5 lbs pork shoulder
  • 16 oz root beer
  • 3 Tbsp pork rub
  • 1 cup barbque sauce
  • 1 loaf ciabatta 
  • Optional toppings: colby jack cheese, red onions, cilantro
  • Cover meat with seasoning (we love Spice House's); don't forget the ends
  • Set meat in slow cooker and pour root beer around meat (try not to pour directly over meat so that seasoning stays)
  • Cook on low for ~8 hours; until meat is thoroughly cooked and shreds easily
  • Drain root beer from slow cooker; leaving ~1/2 cup of liquid
  • Use a fork to shred meat
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  •  Measure out a half cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I discovered Stubbs at Whole Foods. I try to be diligent about buying items without High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is kind of hard to do with BBQ sauce! I later realized our regular grocer, Jewel, also carries the sauce and is a few bucks cheaper than WF. Surprise, surprise).
  • Stir sauce into shredded meat; add more sauce as desired

  • Prepare your toppings; per sandwich: two pieces of cheese, one tablespoon of cilantro and one tablespoon chopped red onion
  • Line a cookie sheet with aluminun foil
  • Cut ciabatta in half
  • Scoop meat onto bread to that it's approximately 1" high
  • Add toppings (can you guess which is mine and which is Ben's?)
  • Place top on sandwich and bake for approximately 10 minutes (or until cheese is melted)
  •  Enjoy!
Linking up with Let's Get Bananas and Blissfully Miller for Taste of Tuesday


  1. I love making pulled pork in the crock pot! I always make mine with Dr. Pepper so I'll have to try it with Root Beer! Thanks for linking up with us!

  2. I love pulled pork! I like that you baked it to melt the cheese just like a sub shop! Yum!

  3. Yumm! That recipe looks awesome! I'd like to try this soon.

  4. Those look so delicious!! I've done crockpot pulled pork before but have never thought of turning it into a panini. What a great idea!


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