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Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich

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It was 10 weeks ago, today, that we returned home from our glorious trip to Hawaii. I can’t help thinking about just how beautiful … and delicious it was.

slow cooker brown sugar  and root beer pulled pork sandwich

So much so, that the memory inspired this sandwich.

quick slaw

I used a purchased bag of coleslaw and zipped it up with the addition of red cabbage and cilantro. Then I made a quick dressing with mayo, sugar, pimento, and spices. Use your own favorite slaw recipe, or just purchase it ready-made from the deli.

slow cooker brown sugar  and rootbeer pulled pork sandwich

Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar & Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

1 onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
8 to 9-pound bone-in pork shoulder, trimmed of visible outer fat

Sugar-Spice Rub
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Slow-Cooker Liquid Mix
2 bottles root beer
1/3 cup brown sugar

Barbecue Sauce Mix
1   1/2 cups of your favorite purchased barbecue sauce
1/4  cup brown sugar

For the Sandwiches
1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 rings
Olive oil
Homemade or purchased coleslaw
8 large sesame seed topped hamburger buns

brown sugar spice mix

Mix rub ingredients together in a small bowl.

onion in eighths

Place the onion wedges in the bottom of a slow cooker.

spice rubbed pork

Rub the pork all over with the sugar-spice rub, and then place on top of the onions.

root beer and brown sugar

Pour about 1/4 cup of the root beer into a small bowl, stir 1/3 cup of the brown sugar into the soda and stir to dissolve.

root beer for pork

Pour the sugar-soda mixture around the sides of the pork.

add root beer

Now pour in the remaining root beer.

Cover with a lid and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.

turn pork over

Flip the meat over and turn to LOW and cook for 6 to 8 additional hours, or until fork-tender, turning meat over another time or two.

Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and the barbecue sauce together in a small bowl, and set aside.

grill pineapple

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Brush the pineapple slices on both sides lightly with olive oil and then grill the pineapple on both sides until well marked. Set aside.

cool meat return onions

Remove meat and when it is cool enough to handle; discard visible fat and bones. Drain the juice, discard the juice, and return the onions to the slow cooker.


Shred the meat with your hands or with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and toss with the barbecue sauce mixture.

bbq sauce pork

Cover and cook on low until sauce and meat are heated through.

Pile high on toasted buns, top with slaw and a pineapple slice.

Makes 8 sandwiches



Now, enjoy while you imagine being at a pig roast luau with a pineapple drink in your hand. Sweet Paradise!

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1 Marissa { 08.07.13 at 8:56 AM }


2 Kelly { 08.07.13 at 8:58 AM }

Hey Linda!
We are heading there in a couple of weeks — I will attempt this recipe for the boys to get them ready to hula!!!
Thank you for such yummy items!

3 Linda Hopkins { 08.07.13 at 1:59 PM }

Kelly, what islands are you guys going to? Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back. xoxo

4 Kelly { 08.08.13 at 10:03 AM }

the boys and I are meeting up with my friend and her family as their second to last stop around the world! We are staying at the new disney property on Oahu! I have not stayed on this island in 16+ years…so I am excited! We have lots to catch up on! See you soon! XO

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