Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Pulled Pork is an easy and delicious meal to make that is full spice and cooked in the slow cooker. 

slow cooker cuban style pulled pork

Growing up in Kansas barbecue is everything. 

Anytime I can grill or smoke meats I’m always happy to oblige. There’s something about slow cooked, juicy, tender barbecue that makes you have all the feels. 

Even though I love my pellet grill and try to cook everything I possibly can on that thing, I still like the convenience of my slow cooker. I have so many slow cooker recipes on CGM. Ranging from whole chickens to pizza to side dishes. There’s nothing my slow cooker can’t do! 

Case in point: I want to show y’all how to make these Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Pulled Pork sandwiches. Mixing things up from traditional barbecue and adding some Cuban flair. These bad boys are so tender and a breeze to make! 

Let’s dive in! 

slow cooker cuban style pulled pork

What’s in this Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Pulled Pork? 

I love making meals in my slow cooker because you can set-it and forget-it. For this recipe all you need to do is mix a few ingredients together, pour it over the pork, and let the magic unfold. The flavor of the pork is 100%. Okay, you will need:

Boneless pork shoulder roast


Tomato sauce



White vinegar

Whole grain mustard



Sweet pickle relish

Hoagie buns

boneless pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Pulled Pork:

1) Slow Cooker. I adore my All-Clad slow cooker, but any one will work. Just make sure to layer the onions on the bottom and place the pork on top to keep it from sticking to the bottom. 

2) Pork Shoulder. For this recipe you want about 3 to 4 lbs of pork. Whenever you cook a piece of meat in the slow cooker it will shrink in size. 

3) Heat. If you want to add some heat to this pulled pork add a pinch of cayenne! 

boneless pork shoulder roast

Can I Make this in the Instant Pot?

Yes! You will prep it the exact same way as the slow cooker, but the cook time will only be 35 minutes!

Can I Substitute the Pork Shoulder? 

Absolutely! You can definitely use chicken thighs or even flank steak would be delicious! 

If you make this Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Pulled Pork let me know! I love hearing from you!

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Pulled Pork


  • 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 hoagie buns
  • dill pickles, for garnish


  1. In 4 to 6 qt slow cooker place the sliced onions in the bottom. Top the onions with the pork roast. Season the pork roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Next, in a medium mixing bowl combine tomato sauce, garlic, molasses, white vinegar, whole grain mustard, oregano, cumin, and pickle relish. Pour the mixture over the pork roast.
  3. Set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Once cooked, remover the pork roast and shred with fork. Serve the shredded pork with buns or pickles if desired!
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