Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwich


Total Time:

8 hours 5 minutes



Imagine a sweet and spicy bbq sauce all over slowly cooked pork butt. It’s kinda the most amazing thing I’ve eaten in the past few weeks and I was totally inspired to make it after seeing these on Tasty Kitchen. The sweetness of the pineapple and the spice from the homemade bbq sauce was a perfect blend to smother the pulled pork. Plus it’s one of the easiest dishes ever – you just throw everything into a big slow cooker and call it a day!

I made a big batch of this last week when I knew it was going to be a crazy week for me and my boyfriend. It’s definitely one of those meals where you can just snag some out of the fridge, throw it onto some bread and call it a meal. And when your exhausted after a super long day of work – that’s really all you want!

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwich

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins


  • 2.5 lbs pork butt cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15 oz can Pineapple discard the sauce
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 avocado optional


  • Cut the pork butt into 2 inch pieces. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients on top of the pork butt and cover with the lid. Set on low heat and cook for 8 hours until the pork is falling apart.
  • Using 2 forks, shred the pork while still in the slow cooker and then let it soak up the remaining juice.
  • Serve the Hawaiian Pulled Pork on a Ciabatta or Hamburger bun. Add sliced avocado if desired

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  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    oh. my. gosh.

    gaby, this looks heavenly and SO perfect for summer! i can’t wait to make them!

  2. Blog is the new Black

    Pulled pork is my fiancée favorite! This version sounds wonderful!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet

    pulled pork ranks up there as one of my favorite foods. ever!

  4. Cookin’ Canuck

    Does that ever look good! And knowing your tastes (and mine), the avocado is definitely not optional.

  5. Mike

    I have yet to meet a pulled pork I don’t like. This looks awesome!

  6. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    This looks so good! I have to ask though, why does it have you cut the pork into 2 inch pieces? I’ve made pork recipes in the slow cooker before that cook through and shred easily even if it’s just all one big piece. Is there something I’m missing? I’d like to avoid cutting it into pieces before it’s cooked if at all possible 🙂 thanks!

  7. Allison [Haute Box]

    Great photo! I am pretty much drooling on my keyboard….slurp…

  8. Maris (In Good Taste)

    I am totally cracing this naow. The avocado slices absolutely puts this over the top for me! Love the sweet & sour.

  9. BrownSok

    Do you think this would work just as well in a pot on the stove? Don’t own a slow cooker but would still love to try it. Pulled pork has to be one of my favourite foods! Thoughts?

  10. Jenn {Cookies Cupcakes Cardio}

    this version of pulled pork sounds wonderful! I love the addition of sweet with the pineapple. I was planning to make it next week, and now I have the perfect recipe. Thanks for posting.

  11. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble

    This looks great! I love avocado on just about anything!

  12. Caroline @ French Ponytail

    This is making me salivate. I have a weird thing with pineapple – totally not impressed with it as a fruit, but really into it as an addition to savory foods (e.g. on pizza; as a relish w/ meats, etc.) I’ve gotta figure out how to do this without a slow cooker…

  13. Emily (Roots+Platters)

    This looks divine! My husband was just asking me to make pulled pork sandwiches, but I get sick of the same ole recipes. This looks like a great one to try – thank you! 🙂

  14. grace

    is it just me, or does the term ‘pork butt’ make some insanely awesome food seem a little bit unappetizing? even if it is just me, it only lasts for a second–this is one amazing sandwich! 🙂

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  16. Rachel Grossman

    Gaby – Just curious. Is the pork butt supposed to be cut into two pieces (per the ingredients) or into two inch pieces (per the instructions)? I cut mine into two pieces, and it definitely didn’t pull apart. But I just noticed the instructions say to cut it into two inch pieces and I’m wondering if that is why mine isn’t shredding as well. Would you mind clarifying? The recipe looks delicious and I will definitely make it again, just want to make sure I make it the best way possible for next time 🙂 Thanks!

    • Gaby

      Hey Rachel! Whoops – thanks for catching that typo! Cut the pork into 2 inch pieces. It should shred either way but when it is in 2 inch pieces it doesn’t need quite as long to cook!


  17. Kaori

    You’re photography is wonderful! I can’t wait to get a camera and shoot food like you~
    Great work 🙂

  18. Nellie

    I’m putting this on my menu for the upcoming week! Just a quick question, the brown sugar, should it be the dark brown or light brown sugar? Thanks!!

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