Tender Shredded Pork with smoked ham, cheese, pickles, mayo, and mustard are to makings of one of my favorite sandwiches. My Slow Cooker Cuban Sandwich is a weeknight friendly sandwich that everyone will love!
Cuban sandwiches rank, to me, are at the top of the sandwich food chain, and decided that I wanted to make a slow cooker version of my favorite sandwich.
Pork tenderloin was my protein choice because I wanted the meat to be tender and juice after slow cooking.I love bolillo rolls and opted for them because they are the perfect size for a single sandwich. The bread is soft on the inside, but still has a nice chewy factor.
I used citrus and cumin to spice my pork and a little bit of beer. On the sandwich, I paired the pork with Swiss cheese, thinly sliced smoked ham, mayo, yellow mustard and pickles. I also opted to toast the sandwich slightly once assembled to melt the cheese and warm the ham.
The flavors and textures were spot on and my entire family gobbled it down. I was so sad when the leftovers were gone....I am already craving another! Seriously, makes these ASAP- you will not be disappointed.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE?
- pork tenderloin
- chicken broth
- ground cumin
- black pepper
- dried oregano
- Juice of one lime
- Juice of one orange
- thin slices smoked ham
- slices swiss cheese
- Sliced pickles
- Boillio rolls
MORE ABOUT THE BREAD!
Boillio rolls are traditionally made in Mexico and Central America. They are similar to a small baguette and delicious for a sandwich.
Cubans are traditionally made with a Cuban leven bread. It is typically soft and not overly crusty so it can be pressed.
I like pressed Cuban sandwiches, but when I was creating my Slow Cooker Cuban Sandwich I opted for a bread that was not pressed and used my favorite, the Boillio roll. I realize that is steps away from the traditional sandwich but, I promise, you will love this!
HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?
Place pork in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix broth, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, lime juice, orange juice and beer. Pour over the pork. Cook on low heat for 6-7 hours.
Remove from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and keep warm till you are ready to assemble the sandwiches.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
Cut the rolls in half. Spread mustard and mayo over one side of the bread. Top with pickles, 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of cheese. On the other half of the roll, top with shredded pork.
Place the sandwich open face in the oven and cake till cheese is just melted. Join halves together, cut and serve immediately.
MORE ABOUT THE CUBAN SANDWICH!
The Cuban sandwich was crated for Cuban workers working in the Florida area over 100 years ago.
It is difficult to say where exactly the sandwich originated, but there are rivalries between cities like Tampa, Miami, and Key West as to who was the original was first served.
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Slow Cooker Cuban Sandwich
- 1 lb pork tenderloin
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- Juice of one lime
- Juice of one orange
- ¼ cup beer
- 10 thin slices smoked ham
- 10 slices swiss cheese
- Sliced pickles
- 5 Boillio rolls
- Place pork in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix broth, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, lime juice, orange juice and beer. Pour over the pork. Cook on low heat for 6-7 hours. Remove from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and keep warm till you are ready to assemble the sandwiches.
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Cut the rolls in half. Spread mustard and mayo over one side of the bread. Top with pickles, 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of cheese. On the other half of the roll, top with shredded pork. Place the sandwich open face in the oven and cake till cheese is just melted. Join halves together, cut and serve immediately.
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Originally published in 2015, and updated in 2020 for reader enhancement and enjoyment.
These look SO yummy!
I'm going to have to try them
Now I am very hungry for a cuban sandwich. This might need to go on the menu next week.
I have been craving a cuban sandwich lately! I need to get this in the rotation asap!
I've never put beer in this recipe before but I like the addition! Can't wait to try it in the slow cooker.
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng
Absolutely love Cuban sandwiches--why don't I ever make them! Thanks for sharing!
This is one of my faves. I had the first one in Bogota, Colombia and was hooked. All those flavors and textures. Yum!
The small roll which you mentioned is spelled “bilillo”.
Thanks for checking, but the correct spelling is bolillo for this particular roll.