I’ve partnered with Smithfield® and Collective Bias to create these Slow Cooker Cajun Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Now that the weather is turning cooler, dust off the slow cooker and whip up some delicious comfort food! #SmithfieldCares #CollectiveBias
So you guys know by now how much we love our pulled pork around here. Sometime in the late Fall, I usually make a big batch of pulled pork on the smoker and then freeze it for tasty meals over the winter. There’s something awesome about having a delicious pulled pork sandwich for dinner smack in the middle of winter. It reminds you of warm summer days. And it (almost) makes you forget the fact that you need to go shovel snow off the driveway.
But I’ve discovered a whole new way to make delicious pulled pork sandwiches now that the weather is starting to turn cold again. The slow cooker! Not only are these Slow Cooker Cajun Pulled Pork sandwiches delicious, but they’re incredibly easy, too. I lived in Louisiana for a few years, and I absolutely fell in love with that state.
From the oak-lined streets of New Orleans’ Garden District to the sprawling Southern plantations, Louisiana is definitely a unique place. But the best part is the food! I didn’t know much about Cajun food before moving to Louisiana, but one bite and I was hooked. (Prior to moving there, I thought Cajun food just meant adding an insane amount of cayenne pepper…I wrong about that one!)
It’s hard to find good Cajun food way up here in upstate New York, so I’ve often hit the kitchen trying to recreate some of my favorites. Gumbo, Red Beans + Rice, Etouffee…these classic Cajun dishes show up frequently in our kitchen. But I decided to take a bit of a different direction this time. I took a classic pulled pork sandwich and then topped it with a tasty Cajun cole slaw.
I grabbed a Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Shoulder Picnic at our local Walmart the other day. I rubbed a homemade Cajun spice mix over the pork shoulder before it went into the slow cooker. Fast forward a few hours and I had a delicious plate of pulled pork ready for sandwiches! (In the meantime, I had whipped up the Cajun cole slaw, and I had it sitting in the fridge.)
Once Laura got home from work, it only took a few minutes to prepare these tasty Slow Cooker Cajun Pulled Pork sandwiches. I’m all about doing the prep work early so that dinner comes together in literally 5 minutes!
Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork is proudly raised in the USA by Smithfield farm families. In support of their Compassion for Community mission, Smithfield and Walmart are awarding over $9,000 in prizing to everyday folks who embrace compassion, care and commitment within their communities.
Personally, I could think of a lot of people who deserve recognition. From the unknown folks who plant beautiful flowers at the front of our neighborhood to the volunteers who host regular nature walks in our nearby town parks. These people do what they do without any expectation of payment or recognition…and that’s what makes it even more meaningful. Simple acts of kindness are the best! Who would you nominate? (See below for more info.)
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As we head into cooler days and chilly nights, it’s time to dust off that slow cooker again! What are some of your favorite slow cooker meals?