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Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches

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This 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.

Pork on tin foil.

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 Sandwich on a plate with chips.
Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches

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

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x

Description

These Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches are easy and delicious! Featuring juicy shredded pork and sweet sandwich rolls from King’s Hawaiian.


Ingredients

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  • 2 1/2 lbs. pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 12 jalapenos, diced (keep the seeds for a little heat)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 8 King’s Hawaiian sandwich buns
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cored
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley for topping

Instructions

  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.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian-Inspired

Keywords: pineapple pork sandwiches, hawaiian pork sandwiches, grilled pork sandwiches

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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?

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

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        Jenny

        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!






  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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 (http://doghaus.com/). They use King’s Hawaiian bread for their hot dog buns and burger buns. The Holy Aioli burger is amazing!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. 😀

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      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!

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    Anna Irwin

    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?

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      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!