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Asian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork with an Asian flavor. Take it the extra mile and make your own steamed buns as well.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Asian pulled pork, Asian pulled pork recipe, Asian pulled pork sandwiches
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 16 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 503 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 4 - 5.5 lbs pork butt or pork shoulder roast

Dry rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper depending on what heat level you want

Pickled veggies:

  • 1 1/2 cups rice vinegar divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar divided
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 3-4 shallots

Asian Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger minced
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil oops not pictured
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground garlic paste Sambal Oelek found in grocery store
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cup  Hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Shredded Cabbage if desired
  • 8 - 10 buns or 1 dozen small rolls


For the Pork and rub:

  1. In a small bowl mix all ingredients for the dry rub.  Place the Pork on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil.  Pour rub mixture over pork and rub all over.  Seal the aluminum foil around the pork and refrigerate over night.

For the pickled veggies:

  1. You will need two small bowls.  Pour 3/4 cup vinegar into each bowl and mix in 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar into each bowl of vinegar.  Stir to dissolve.  Thinly slice jalapenos and add to one of the bowls.  Peel and slice shallots and place in the other bowl of vinegar.  Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  2. When ready to cook the pork.  Place foil packet into a crock pot and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.  Alternatively bake in a low oven temperature of 250 - 275 degrees for 7-8 hours.  When meat is tender and pulls apart easily, take two forks and shred the meat.  Remove the foil and let pork simmer in crock pot while prepare sauce.

To prepare sauce:

  1. In a medium pan, saute the ginger and garlic in oil until beginning to soften and become fragrant.  Do not let the garlic brown.  Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for a minute or two.  Pour sauce over shredded pork.  Let simmer until ready to serve.

To serve:

  1. Place shredded pork on one side of the bun.  Layered with pickled veggies and shredded cabbage.
Nutrition Facts
Asian Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 1702mg71%
Potassium 863mg25%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.