Cuban-Style Pulled Pork Sliders

by Shawnda on March 4, 2012

in Appetizers,Burgers & Sliders,Crockpot,Pork,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas

Cuban Style Pulled Pork Sliders

Who doesn’t love a good fiesta? Especially when it’s celebrating our sweet friend Krystal and the impending arrival of sweet little Cookie.

Krystal is the blogger behind Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate. She and I share a love for massive prop rooms and an adoration for California-based food photographer-stylists couples :)

Cuban Style Pulled Pork Sliders

To celebrate, a few of Krystal’s friends were asked to prepare a dish inspired by her and her husband’s backgrounds, Filipino and Cuban (how much more exotic does that sound compared to “Texan” and “Georgian”). I settled on a dish using Cuban-style pulled pork and ultimately decided on sliders since they’re pretty much the perfect party food.

Cuban pulled pork is seasoned liberally with a marinade of garlic, sour oranges, lime, and minced onion. The acidity creates a melt-in-your-mouth tender roast that’s excellent served slider-style on dinner rolls with thinly sliced red onions and melty swiss cheese. And you’ll have quite a bit of pulled pork leftover for other goodies like quesadillas, tacos, or just more sliders!

Congratulations to Krystal and Eric! Thanks to Joelen for hosting and pulling together what promises to be a delicious celebration and roundup. And a special thanks to Tina for serving as this southeast Texan’s Cuban food technical support and sounding board. First round of margaritas is on me :)

Cuban-Style Pulled Pork Sliders

Party-friendly Cuban-style pulled pork sliders made with your slow cooker/crockpot.

Ingredients

  • For the pulled pork:
  • 5 lbs pork shoulder roast
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 limes, juiced (1/4 cup) and zested
  • 1-2 oranges, juiced (1/2 cup) and zested
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • For the sliders:
  • 1/2 recipe slider rolls (or 12 of your favorite dinner rolls)
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Avocado slices
  • Mustard

Instructions

  1. Using a paring knife, pierce the roast all over.
  2. Place the pork roast in a large ziptop bag.
  3. In a food processor or blender, add the onion, garlic, lime juice and zest, orange juice and zest, oil, oregano, and a generous pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Process until mostly smooth.
  5. Pour into the ziptop bag, press the excess air out of the bag and seal, massaging the marinade onto the roast.
  6. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. Pour the contents of the ziptop bag into your crockpot, rotating the roast so that the fat cap is on top, and cook 8-10 hours on low.
  8. Remove the roast from the crockpot and shred, discarding the fat and bones. Reserve ~3 cups of pulled pork for the sliders and store leftovers tightly covered in the fridge (I pour some of the cooking liquid over the shredded meat before storing to keep it from drying out).
  9. Toss the pulled pork with a couple tablespoons of cooking liquid and the juice from the quartered lime.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350.
  11. Cut rolls in half, spread mustard, and then top with a generous mound of pulled pork, a slice of swiss cheese torn to fit the slider, and sliced red onions.
  12. Place the top of the rolls onto the sandwiches and transfer to a baking pan.
  13. Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes.
  14. Remove the foil and bake another 2, until the cheese has melted nicely.
  15. Serve warm with additional red onion and sliced avocado.

Notes

Yields: 12 sliders

Pulled pork adapted from My Life as a Mrs.

Estimated time: 12 hours

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 megan @ whatmegansmaking March 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

These look so good!! I love sliders and I love pulled pork – perfect combo :)

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2 Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} March 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Oh Yum! These look mouth-watering good. I’m a big fan of Cuban Pulled Pork. . . . My best friend’s father makes an incredible recipe – I just don’t know if he’ll share it with me! Until then – this looks like it will be the perfect fix!

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3 Joanne March 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Filipino and Cuban…that is going to be one ADORABLE baby! These sliders sound delicious!

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4 Krystal R @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} March 5, 2012 at 2:25 am

Awww, thanks Shawnda! These are absolutely gorgeous and a great contribution to the foodie fiesta shower! I might stuff myself silly with these tasty finger sandwiches, but all in the name of carbs for little cookie, right? Thanks again for participating in my virtual shower. XXOO!

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5 Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 5, 2012 at 5:28 am

Anything with avocado is a winner for me.. They look yummy!

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6 Tina @ mylifeasamrs March 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

holy moly… these look delicious!!!! and the photos are GORGEOUS, as always!!! Glad I could help… Second round of margs are on me! ;)

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7 Laura March 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

My mouth is watering! I love Cuban pork sandwiches, so I’m thinking these have a good portion of that flavor profile. Definitely trying this one! Not going to be able to resist topping mine with pickles. Fabulous picture too, girlie!

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8 Maureen March 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

I’ve not eaten much Filipino food but I’ve spent some time in Cuba and LOVE the food. These sliders are just magic!

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9 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

Love the look of these pork sliders… mouthwatering! Great recipe and photos. Thanks for sharing!

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10 Kelsey March 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

These look so delish. And I hear you on the background thing. We’re Oklahoman and Oregonian. That’s a whole lot of syllables…none of which sound as fun as Cuban and Filipino.

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11 Nikki March 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Melt in your mouth pulled pork is always a winner for me! Beautiful, Shawnda!

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12 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake March 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Love the idea of making the classic sandwich into sliders! So cute!

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13 Jen M O March 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

These look so good. I guess I know what I’ll be making for Sunday dinner soon!

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14 Suzanne Perazzini March 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Looks great for my lunch at work – something to look forward when my energy is flagging.

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15 Jessica @ Sunny Side Up March 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Krystal and I were talking about the giant room of props when we met this November. That’s the stuff dreams are made of!

Over the last few years pulled pork has become one of my ultimate, most favorite foods. So I’m always on the look out for new ways to prepare it. This looks like a huge winner. Great addition to the virtual shower. :)

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16 Danguole March 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

These looks so delicious! Great photos, also.

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