Slow-Cooker Cuban Pork Sandwiches


This decadent slow-cooker recipe involves citrusy pork, salty ham, melted cheese, tangy pickles, and mustard.

Slow-Cooker Cuban Sandwiches
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins

How's this for easy? Just rub a big boneless pork shoulder roast with garlic and salt, and put it into the slow cooker with orange zest, orange juice, and stock. Then it's hands off for about 7 hours. Right before serving, the entire sandwich is put underneath the broiler to melt the cheese and warm the bread.


  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), trimmed of excess fat

  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest plus 1 tsp. fresh orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • 6 6-in. sub rolls

  • cup Dijon mustard

  • 3 ounces thinly sliced deli ham

  • 3 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese

  • 1 whole dill pickle, thinly sliced crosswise


  1. Rub the pork with the garlic and salt and place in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the chicken stock, orange zest, and orange juice. Cover and cook on low until the pork is very tender, 7 to 8 hours. Pull pork into 1- to 2-inch pieces; toss with the lime juice. Return to slow cooker and keep warm.

  2. Preheat broiler with the oven rack 6 inches from heat. Split the rolls length-wise. Spread the mustard on the bottom halves and top evenly with the pork, ham, and Swiss cheese. Broil just until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Top with the pickles and sandwich with the tops of the rolls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

559 Calories
19g Fat
51g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 559
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1521mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 44g
Calcium 253mg 19%
Iron 4mg 23%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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