Crockpot Cuban Sandwiches

This is a REALLY easy and undeniably delicious dinner to make for your family or a crowd..hey, those football parties are upon us!

The origin of this sandwich comes from both Cuba (duh..) and southern Florida.  Now mine may not be perfectly authentic with the traditional roasting of the pork, BUT I can guarantee it’s just as yummy!  Plus, given all of the extra time I had on my hands and little to no clean-up, I am very happy I went with the crockpot method!

The citrus flavored pulled pork goes so great with the tanginess of the mustard and pickles, sweetness from the ham and creaminess of the melted cheese.  Win!

*Cuban bread can be difficult to find, so you can instead easily use sub rolls, Italian/French bread or even make this into sliders!!

The Starting Lineup

  • 3-4lb pork butt/shoulder
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Deli sliced ham (Black Forest preferred)
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Yellow mustard
  • Sub rolls (Cuban bread if you can find it)

Pork Rub

  • 3tsp cumin
  • 2tsp oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Extra virgin olive oilcuban.JPG

To begin one of my favorite sandwich recipes, begin by mixing together the “rub” ingredients in a small bowl (including the oil). cuban3.JPG

Next, place the pork into your slow-cooker and with a sharp knife make 1/2″ slits around your pork.  Massage that rub ALL over it!  Simply cover and turn on low for about 7 hours.cuban2.JPG

Ding! Ding! Ding!  Ok, the flavorful pork aroma has taken over your home and it’s time for dinner!  Remove the lid and the pork and let cool slightly.  Shred and place back in the cooking liquid to keep warm and juicy.

Assembly time!!  Slice the sub rolls in half and spread with the yellow mustard on both sides.  Now layer on a slice or two of the Swiss cheese, pickles, ham and that pulled pork!

**If you’re feeling really crazy, place this sandwich in a panini press or even cook with a bit of butter (press down) on a stovetop skillet!

Enjoy friends!!




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