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!
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Slow Cooker Cajun Pulled Pork
For the Cajun Spice Mix
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1½ tsp garlic powder
- 1½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
For the Pulled Pork
- 1 2½-3 lb Smithfield All Natural Pork Shoulder Roast
- ½ cup apple juice
- 3 Tbsp hot sauce
For the Cajun Cole Slaw
- ½ head ~4 cups cabbage, shredded
- ½ cup carrots shredded
- 2 green or red bell peppers thinly sliced or shredded
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tsp cream-style horseradish sauce
- 2 tsp ketchup
- 2 tsp hot sauce
- 2 tsp dill pickle juice
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
For Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- 2-3 cups Pulled Pork
- Cajun Cole Slaw
- 4 buns
For the Cajun Pulled Pork
- In a small bowl, combine all of Cajun Spice Mix ingredients; mix until well combined. (See note.)
- Firmly press/rub spice mixture over all sides of pork shoulder. Transfer pork shoulder into slow cooker. Add apple juice, cover and cook until pork is very tender (~6-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high).
- Remove pork shoulder from slow cooker and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Using two forks, shred the pork shoulder into bite-sized pieces.
- Transfer pulled pork into a large bowl and toss with the hot sauce.
For the Cajun Cole Slaw
- Place cabbage, carrots and bell peppers in a large bowl; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (mayonnaise, milk, horseradish sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, pickle juice, paprika, salt and pepper).
- Add mayonnaise mixture to bowl with cabbage and carrots; stir until well coated.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
For the Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Serve pulled pork on buns with coleslaw.