Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe
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Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

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Enjoy all the flavors of Italian sausage sandwiches with this healthier alternative. —Lia Dellario, Middleport, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium green or sweet red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 12 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 288 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 454mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean mea


  1. In a small bowl, combine the fennel seed, steak seasoning and cayenne if desired. Cut roast in half. Rub seasoning mixture over pork. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides. Place in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the peppers, onions and tomatoes; cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred pork with two forks and return to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup meat mixture on each bun. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p19

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"I didn't like the smell or the taste of this. Oddly my son didn't complain. Husband was out of town, so not sure what his thoughts on this would of been. I had to add giarderia to the sandwiches just to make it taste good. I did NOT go back for seconds like I usually do."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"Absolutely delicious and a huge hit with my husband! I followed the recipe as written, with the exception of adding only half the amount of fennel seed. To serve, I added melted mozzarella on top of the pork. Next time, I will add some garlic to the slow cooker as well."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"very easy to make & has excellent flavor"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Seasoning just too much."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"Very tasty. I omitted the fennel and it was good."

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