Slow-Cooker Red Curry Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Red Curry Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2013

Thai flavors—curry paste, fish sauce, lime and coconut milk—and a cabbage and cilantro slaw update this healthy slow-cooker pulled-pork sandwich recipe. A smaller slow cooker (such as a 4-quart model) is ideal for this healthy crock pot pulled-pork recipe. Look for red curry paste in jars in the Asian section of the supermarket.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3-3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or Boston butt, trimmed
  • 2 20-inch whole-grain baguettes or 10 whole-wheat buns
  • 1/4 cup “lite” coconut milk
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Slaw
  • 2 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • Pinch of salt


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  1. Whisk brown sugar, 1/4 cup lime juice, 3 tablespoons curry paste and fish sauce in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add pork and turn to coat. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours (or on Low for 8 hours).
  2. Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Pour the cooking liquid into a large glass measuring cup and place in the freezer until the fat rises to the top, about 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare slaw: Combine cabbage, carrot, cilantro, lime juice, oil and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. If using baguettes, cut each into 5 pieces (about 4 inches each). Toast or heat baguettes (or buns), if desired. Shred the pork using two forks. Skim the fat from the chilled liquid. Return the pork and liquid to the slow cooker; add coconut milk, lime zest and remaining 1 tablespoon curry paste and stir to combine. Serve the pork on baguette (or buns) topped with the slaw.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Combine sauce ingredients; trim pork; make slaw; cover and refrigerate separately for up to 1 day.
  • Equipment: 4- to 6-quart slow cooker
  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich, 1/2 cup pork & 1/4 cup slaw
  • Per serving: 456 calories; 19 g fat(6 g sat); 7 g fiber; 46 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 83 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 7 g added sugars; 2077 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 45 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 728 mg sodium; 316 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (42% daily value), Zinc (28% dv), Vitamin C (16% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Reviews 3

February 03, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Family favorite I've made this dish about 4-5 times now. The quality of the curry makes a HUGE difference in the flavor. The grocery store 'taste of thai' curry is a dud, but the small cans of thai red curry you can pick up at the asian store kicks the flavor off the charts. My whole family loves this dish with the exception of my daughter who has no tolerance for spicy foods. I love this enough to make something else so the rest of us can enjoy this! Pros: Flavorful and easy Cons: Spicy (I consider this a pro)
May 25, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Great recipe This stuff is killer after it's been in the fridge for a night! Pros: Tasty, healthy Cons: Not hard to make but it does take some time
March 19, 2013
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By: MissesSummers
This made the kitchen smell so good. My family enjoyed this sandwich. My husband took it to work the following day and said it was even better the next day.