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Grilled Jalapeno Popper Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Spicy Pulled Pork Popper Sandwich recipe is made with my favorite slow cooker pulled pork recipecaramelized onions, and Spicy Jalapeño cream cheese – seriously good!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled jalapeno popper pulled pork sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 hours
Total Time 14 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 634kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • sliced sourdough bread
  • PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeño cream cheese
  • butter

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • 4-6 lb bone-in pork shoulder roast
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 18 oz barbecue sauce divided
  • 2 tbsp mustard

Caramelized Onions

  • 4 onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Add the onions and garlic to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place the roast fat side up on top of the onions and garlic.
  • Combine brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and barbecue sauce (reserving 1/2 cup for later). Spread over the top of pork.. Pour in the apple cider vinegar.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours and then switch to low for another 5-6 hours. Removed the roast and shred with two forks, discarding any fat and bone.
  • After removing the roast, pour the liquid in the slow cooker through a strainer and set aside.
  • Add the pulled pork back to the slow cooker along with 1-3 cups of reserved liquid and remaining 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Add the liquid 1/2 cup a time, stirring each time, until pork reaches the moisture level you desire.
  • Continue cooking the pulled pork for another 1-2 hours on low. Meanwhile...

Caramelized Onions

  • Add oil to a thick-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the sliced onions.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally until onions are nice and caramelized, usually around 30 minutes. Do not rush the onions - give them time!

Building the Sandwich

  • Heat a grill pan over high heat. Spread 1 tablespoon of Jalapeno Cream Cheese on two slices of bread. Butter the other sides and place butter side down on grill.
  • Add enough caramelized onions to cover the cream cheese and then about a half a cup of drained pulled pork. Place the other piece of bread, cream cheese side down on top of pulled pork. Grill until golden brown on both sides and serve.


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1571mg | Potassium: 1158mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 992IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 4mg