Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches - juicy shredded slow cooker pork with golden brown pineapple pieces. SO good! | pinchofyum.comThis post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian, maker of pillowy soft sweet sandwich buns that are the vessel of choice for this grilled pineapple pork sandwich business. Check out their first ever commercial here to see people go pupule (crayyyzee!) for this bread.

Happy Father’s Day almost!

I pinkie promise that this recipe has nothing to do with my personal love and adoration of grilled pineapple and everything to do with making something nice and meat-lovery for Dad. See how thoughtful I am? Just because my thoughtfulness just happens to come through via my food obsessions doesn’t mean that this is about me. It’s my love language and it’s called gifts and foods, foods that are gifts, gifts that can be used to make food, and so on. And I’m using the gifts and food love language to speak to all the great dads everywhere: YoU’rE dA BeSt YoU gUyS!

And if this gifting opportunity for Dad doubles as a chance for me to put grilled pineapple on my juicy shredded pork sandwiches, to that I say –> win win.

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches - juicy shredded slow cooker pork with golden brown pineapple pieces. SO good! |

Here’s the thing about me + meat.

I could usually do fine without it. Tofu and veggies of the honey ginger garlic variety has me totally captivated.

But pork is in a meat category all its own for me and I do not care to find out what life would be like without it. I mean, hullo? Bacon? And breakfast sausage? and adobo, and carnitas, and chorizo, and humba? My pork loyalty runs strong and deep. And this just in: I’ve accepted my place in the pork all-star super fan club by slow cooking it in pineapple juice and soy sauce with bell peppers and jalapeno and red onions, and then broiling it to golden browned bits of perfection and THEN topping it with grilled pineapple and serving it up on a soft, sweet King’s Hawaiian sandwich bun. Like whoa. I can feel myself about to hula dance.

Much like the simple french toast bake that we talked about for Mother’s Day, this is one of those recipes that allows the maker to enjoy a few hours of fun and games while the whole thing basically cooks itself. It’s like a cooking freebie.

And I can think of one person who might enjoy a little bit of your extra time and attention this weekend pre-face-stuffing of the grilled pineapple pork sandwich —> Dad <—! How perfectly perfect.

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches - juicy shredded slow cooker pork with caramelized pineapple pieces. |

PS. I used my regular slow cooker for this recipe which is a Crock-Pot that I’ve had for the last five years. SO MUCH FOOD has come out of that thing over the life of this blog which is pretty impressive for a $28 kitchen appliance.

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Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches
Serves: 6-8
  • 2½ lbs. pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1-2 jalapenos, diced (keep the seeds for a little heat)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 8 King's Hawaiian sandwich buns
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cored
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro or parsley for topping
  1. Place the pork shoulder, garlic, onion, peppers, jalapeno, pineapple juice, and soy sauce in a slow cooker. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. Shred directly in the slow cooker with two forks.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Use tongs to transfer the meat to the covered baking sheet, letting the extra juice drip off back into the slow cooker before transferring, otherwise you'll have a big mess on your hands. Arrange the meat in an even layer and bake for 15 minutes or until some of the pieces are turning golden brown. Mine actually turned a reddish golden brown, which is fine - the color is from the red peppers. Remove the meat from the oven and gently toss all the pieces with tongs. Drizzle with a little bit of juice from the slow cooker.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cut the pineapple into rings and cut each ring in half. When the skillet is hot, add the pineapple slices and "grill" them for a few minutes on each side to get a nice golden brown color, or you could grill them for real on the actual grill. Arrange the meat and pineapple on each sandwich bun and sprinkle with a tiny bit of cilantro or parsley for some fresh green color. Use the juice in the slow cooker to re-moisten the meat or give a little extra shine to the pineapple slices.

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  1. I am actually making grilled pork and pineapple for dinner! Maybe I will nix the rest of my idea and just stick it in a bun because…YUM! The only time I have ever had the two together is in Sweet and Sour Pork, so I am kind of obsessed with a new way to try it!

    Pinned. and face planted.

  2. Lindsay this sandwich is pretty much all of my favorite things! What a fantastic recipe, gorgeous photos, and of course an entertaining read :) Pinned!

  3. I heart pork too! And pineapple! Plus slow cooker meals are a must right now in this 90F heat. Mmmmm heat free kitchen and dinner!

  4. Pinkie Promise on Pork! Just couldn’t resist reading the recipe… specially because Pork is a bit restricted where I live. Gorgeous photos, do-able recipe… slow cooking… what else does one want?

  5. Grilled pineapple is one of my favorite things ever. I can only imagine how delicious it must be paired with the shredded pork like this… I went 20-some years without ever trying pork and I’m so glad I’ve started eating it now. Can’t wait to make this!

  6. Pulled pork is my absolute weakness – add grilled pineapple=HEAVEN. Oh my stars Lindsay!!! LOVE THIS!

  7. We must be on similar wave-lengths today! I just posted a recipe for Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken – I’m in a tropical-vacation kinda mindset!

    Love this sandwich – looks uh-may-zing.

  8. woah woah woah. This looks amazing – I love slow roasting anything as it gives amazing flavour and bet the pork works so well with the pineapple!

  9. Beautiful photo and sandwich! I would be a happy camper with this in front of me for father’s day :)

  10. I agree – I’m not a huge meat eater but don’t mess with my bacon! Pinned :)

  11. Sometimes I have weird thoughts about going without meat and then I remember Bacon!
    Those look so good, I must try these asap!

    • I’ve met a few “vegetarians” who keep bacon in their diet. :) I mean, you almost just have to.

      • My sister was a vegetarian for 40 years of her life. When she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, she decided on the way home from the doctor that she was going to eat bacon every day for the rest of her life. And she did. It was the only meat she ever missed in all those years. This is a gorgeous recipe. We are going to a lunch meeting tomorrow, where the main course is pulled pork. I am going to grill pineapple slices to take as an offering to the pot luck. Thanks for sharing, and for beautiful pictures!

  12. What a delicious recipe, Lindsay!! This pork looks so tender and this grill pineapple is so juicy. This is definitely a great option for Sunday lunch :-)

  13. King’s Hawaiian makes the absolute best bread in the world. So sweet and wonderful! And this sandwich – OH MY GOSH the pineapple looks amazing!

  14. ohhhhhhhhhh looks so good. can’t wait to try!

  15. This sandwich looks phenomenal! Like you I’m also a loyal pork lover and this pork looks so moist and flavorful. The grilled pineapple on top is the perfect sweet pairing for it! Pinned!

  16. Holy moly! I’m not a huge fan of pineapple or pork, but this looks freaking amazing! Love those perfectly grilled Pineapple slices especially!!!

  17. What a great idea! This sounds delicious, I will definitely be making this sometime soon!

  18. King’s Hawaiian bread is the BEST!

    Lindsay, if you and Bjork are ever in the Los Angeles area you must check out the Dog Haus ( They use King’s Hawaiian bread for their hot dog buns and burger buns. The Holy Aioli burger is amazing!

  19. I’m honestly defrosting some pork to make some “oh, I don’t know, bbq pulled pork?” for tomorrow’s lunch. Now that I read this post, change of plans -> Pineapple Pork Sandwich it is!
    Ah that grilled pineapple!

  20. King’s Hawaiian makes sandwich buns!? Drool. This is a fantastic combination… I need to invest in a slow cooker to make this! I am a huge fan of grilled pineapple for breakfast, lunch and dessert. 😀

    • I know! And they make hot dog buns too – which I couldn’t find (I think they’re still pretty new) but that sounds like the ultimate hot dog to me!

  21. I love the idea of grilled pineapple on a pork sandwich! Normally, I pretty much just eat it with my fingers off of the serving plate :)

  22. Never thought of putting grilled pineapple on my pulled pork sandwich. What a simply brilliant idea! This is absolutely mouthwatering!

  23. Anna Irwin says:

    So, I’m not a pork fan. Was a vegetarian (well, pescaterian) for awhile and even though I have reincorporated meat again, I just can’t do pork. What meat could I sub for this?

  24. This is perfection in every way possible!! Love this sandwich!

  25. I’ve never tried a Hawaiian bun (are they even sold in Australia?!) but like you, I do LOVE pulled pork or pork of any kind. The combination of pulled pork and caramelised, sticky pineapple sounds positively blissful! I love the idea of eating these gorgeous sandwiches on a hot day in the back garden with a cold beer on the side. Alas, it is currently winter here… but maybe that’s an even better reason to make them. Summer cheer on a winter’s day? Sounds perfect to me! x

    • I have no idea! They are kind of a soft, sweet roll… do you have anything similar to that? Hope this helps you get through the winter blues!

  26. Yes please!!! These look fantastic!
    Pork and pineapple, with the addition of jalapenos – could there be a better sandwich out there? I think not.

  27. Love this recipe – I want to jump through the screen and eat it!
    I made a similar version of salmon burgers with caramelised coconut so will DEFINITELY have to try these too!
    Anisa – The Macadames. xx

  28. This would be a great idea for all those world cup bbq’s we are most certainly going to be having.

  29. Kings Hawaiian bread is sooooo good! We are making pulled pork for my dad for Father’s Day this weekend and I cannot wait to try this recipe. I saw on instagram that you are finished with school…yay for summer (eternal, I guess, huh?!)

    • Yes! So weird… it feels normal (like the beginning of summer every year) but then I just keep reminding myself that it is going to last a lot longer than 3 months…

  30. The pineapple looks amazing!

  31. Oh my gosh. Yum. Those pineapple slices have me drooling. I want this for Father’s Day. I’m probably not supposed to plan the menu that way though, am I?? Def. putting this in the “make soon” category!!

  32. Gorgeous photos! I love grilled pineapple so much! It’s the perfect compliment to summer meals. Deeelish!

  33. Well, this is exactly what I will be making this father’s day! What a great meal. Love pineapple.

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  34. What an amazing idea. I’m dying to have a go at my first pulled pork, but now you’ve got me all confused and wanting to make THIS pineapple-y pulled pork!

  35. Yum, I love grilled pineapple! Going to try this the next time I make pulled pork.

  36. I don’t know what is more enticing…the thought of pulled pork with grilled pineapple OR your stunning photos? We’ll call it a tie! Thank you!

  37. I just made pork burgers with grilled pineapple, but pulled post sounds way better!

  38. That sandwich looks incredibly amazing. I’m trying that asap (maybe for father’s day, maybe for myself, we’ll see). Feel the same way about bacon and all other porkey delicious products too lol

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

  39. That pork looks so perfectly prepared and succulent, and the whole sandwich is gorgeous!

  40. This would be perfect for Father’s Day in my house – I never make pineapple since I don’t love it, so my poor husband never gets any :)

  41. I’m making some pulled pork this weekend for fathers day as well! Now I might have to grill up some pineapple as well. Great idea :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  42. Whoa these made my mouth water just looking at them. I will be trying these soon for sure! Thanks for sharing! :)

  43. I love grilled fruit and most particularly pineapple. It is a tasty sidekick for pork. I like the texture variations too—with the bread and pork and pineapple all contributing something a little different. A great trio!

  44. This looks amazing!! Wow, what a gorgeous sandwich!

  45. Your dad has the best daughter. Period. Someone who would make this dish, stuffed full of juicy delicious flavors, and still have time to spend with him on Father’s Day? Most awesome person ever! Love love love the crispy bits — I’d pick all of those out and eat them like candy!

  46. Pork and pineapple is like the ultimate savory combination… love this! A rockstar of a sandwich perfect for Fathers Day!

  47. Holy Yum! I can’t wait to try this out!

  48. That pineapple looks incredible! Forget the pork. Give me a plate of that. Summer food is the best!

  49. Margaret says:

    Looks like another awesome recipe! Quick question about cooking the pork: I am lame (or my grocery store is lame) and couldn’t find a 2.5 lb pork butt, so I got 3 lbs that was already sliced up. Do you think this will work? Maybe decrease the cooking time in the slow cooker?

    • Hm, do you know what cut of pork it is? It’s important that it has enough fat throughout to help it stay tender and then shred apart easily when it’s done cooking.

      • Margaret says:

        I’m going to reveal my cooking ignorance here- but I think it’s a butt, just sliced into pieces rather than whole. Is that a thing?

        • LOL – I don’t know, I honestly don’t know meat that well myself (other than this one jumbo cut of pork) so I wouldn’t really know if that’s a thing. Let me know how it goes Margaret! :)

          • Margaret says:

            Will do! Going to try cooking it to safe temp with the thermometer in…and then let it go a little longer to hopefully get that fall apart yumminess.

          • Margaret says:

            Update: fall apart yumminess was not achieved. I think that the big hunk of meet is critical for that. Still yummy, but more like a roast. Will get the right cut of meat and try again!

          • Thanks for the update Margaret!

  50. It’s definitely all about the buns! Your pork and pineapple look amazing too, but Kings Hawaiian… yum. Love! Pinned! Tweeting!

  51. More than a pinch of yum (sorry couldn’t help it) – these look amazing – can’t wait to try! It’s probably largely your fault I bought a slow cooker so I might as well use it as much as possible 😉


  52. Kendall says:

    Another delicious recipe!! I already had some Crockpot pulled pork in the freezer, so I just put it in a Dutch oven with all the other yummy ingredients and let it simmer away. So good!

  53. Totally feel you on the meat thing- I could go without it most days, but bacon!! This looks DELICIOUS – we don’t have anything remotely close to good BBQ or pulled pork where I live in Holland.. so this looks like a fab option for meeeee!

  54. Melissa S says:

    Hey Lindsay! Thinking about making this recipe but my husband and I are trying to watch what we eat—do you have any idea of the nutritional facts? Even an estimate would be helpful. Thanks!

  55. Lori Erokan says:

    I know fresh is usually best, and I do love fresh pineapple. But we just are not BBQers. How do you think this would be using canned pineapple? (To be honest, I absolutely adore canned pineapple and have been known to eat an entire can by myself.)

  56. Every time I come across delicious looking recipes, such as this one, on Pinterest and I note the source I always do a mental “of course it looks so good, it’s from pinch of yum”. Your photos make everything look so appealing and your recipes alway back them up. Thank you for taking the time to share, the world is a better place for it!

  57. I made this today and it is outstanding! I didn’t need a lot of pork since it is just for the two of us, but I made all of it and for tomorrow I am going to use some of the left over pulled pork to make cheesy pulled pork nachos!

  58. Hey Lindsay! Just made these tasty grilled pork sammiches today :) My family really liked them! The flavor of everything made the meat taste just a wee bit on the tart side. They were pretty dang yummy still! Was hoping for a more smoky flavor. Any suggestions on what to use next time for a more smoky flavor? I was thinking maybe teriyaki sauce.

    • I do think that the teriyaki flavor would make it a little more salty and rich. I don’t know if that’s what you mean by smoky? I guess I don’t know. Have you ever used liquid smoke? That’s what I always think of when I think of smoky flavor. :) Also, smoky barbeque sauce!

  59. Thank you for the amazing recipe! My boyfriend and I just got done devouring it. We have pretty different tastes when it comes to food, and the mix between sweet and savory was perfect for both of us. Thanks so much!

  60. This looks great! I usually don’t eat jalapeños unless they are served without the seeds and membranes (I’m a spice wimp), but never bother taking the time to do that myself, since it kind of defeats the purpose of having them in there in the first place :) Any suggestions for a substitution, such as a seasoning or other vegetable? Or would the recipe be fine without it? Thank you!

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