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: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.


  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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Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 116655
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."

cherstad User ID: 2390261 192518
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."

KerryWalker2151 User ID: 6332238 212428
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"very easy to make & has excellent flavor"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 193993
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Seasoning just too much."

danid User ID: 5870512 127664
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

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

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 110709
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

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

akaufmann User ID: 5117425 149942
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."

mac11civic User ID: 4260104 184240
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

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

Katrinamellon User ID: 3462324 184239
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"Easy and delicious!"

amcgonnell User ID: 5363468 132338
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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