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Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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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."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"This was really good! DH and I really liked it!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"The meat was really good and moist and I loved the mix of onions and peoppers. I would modify the seasoning mix -The fennel was way too over powering."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"This is the best pulled pork I have made and it was so easy!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"Easy and delicious!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"I made this for a birthday party and it was divided on whether you liked it or not. Several people had been expecting the pork to be BBQ pork and were surprised by this dish. I really enjoyed how moist and flavorful the sandwich tasted. The fennel seeds added a nice flavor."

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

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