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Slow Cooked Cuban Sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoons
  • Juice of 1 orange 2 tablespoons
  • 3 to 3 1/2- pound boneless pork shoulder
  • Yellow or Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound Swiss cheese thick-sliced
  • 1 pound honey ham thinly sliced
  • 2 cups dill pickle chips
  • 2 red onions thinly sliced
  • 6-8 sub rolls


  • Mix the oil, salt, cumin, oregano, black pepper, red pepper, garlic, lime juice and orange juice in a small bowl. Make slits in the pork with a paring knife and rub liberally all over with the oil mixture. Place the pork in a slow cooker and top with the remaining juices from the bowl. Cover and cook on low until tender, flipping once halfway through, about 6 hours.
  • Remove from the slow cooker and let cool slightly. Shred the pork into thick chunks with 2 forks. Set the pork aside and keep warm in the cooking liquid.
  • Slice each roll open and smear both sides with mustard. Layer on the Swiss, ham, pulled pork and pickles. Place the onions over half the sub and cut in half.


Slightly adapted from: Jeff Mauro, The Food Network