They say the key to a good Cuban sandwich is soft bread; we say Ball Park® Buns fit the bill. If you don't have a panini press, make your sandwich in a pan on the stove, using the lid for a press.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Cuban Pulled Pork:

Directions

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  • Combine salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, oregano, crushed red pepper, peppercorns, bay leaf, and lime/orange zest and juices in a bowl.

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  • Place sliced onions and garlic cloves in the bottom of slow cooker. Top with pork shoulder and pour juice and spice mixture over the meat. Set slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, remove pork from cooker and let cool slightly. Then shred cooked pork into thick chunks using 2 forks. Pour remaining juices over pork to keep warm.

  • Preheat a panini press according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Spread Dijon mustard on both sides of each hamburger bun. Then layer from bottom to top with pickles, red onions, 1/2 cup pulled pork per sandwich, sliced ham and Swiss cheese.

  • Brush outsides of buns with olive oil and place in panini press until cheese is melted.

Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the pulled pork. The actual amount of pulled pork consumed is 1/2 cup per serving.

Nutrition Facts

897 calories; protein 68.3g 137% DV; carbohydrates 38.5g 12% DV; fat 52.3g 81% DV; cholesterol 229.9mg 77% DV; sodium 2850.8mg 114% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2018
I love Cuban Sandwiches so I was excited to try this recipe! The pork was very flavorful and so tender! I made exactly as prepared except I didn't use the red onion because I forgot them. The only thing I missed was the chewy Cuban bread. I like the ease of the bun but it became very flat in the panini press. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2018
I love Cuban Sandwiches so I was excited to try this recipe! The pork was very flavorful and so tender! I made exactly as prepared except I didn't use the red onion because I forgot them. The only thing I missed was the chewy Cuban bread. I like the ease of the bun but it became very flat in the panini press. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2017
I made a dijon mayo and used bread and butter pickles instead. It was absolutely delicious and easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2018
Oh my this was delicious! I made the meat the day before which made assembly super easy the next day. The meat itself was wonderful but combined with all the other ingredients it was just awesome! It makes more meat than needed of course so I just froze it to enjoy these wonderful sandwiches another rime. The whole family really loved these...a definite keeper YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2017
I loved this recipe. The pork came out so flavorful and delicious (I just dumped all the crockpot ingredients on top of the roast and then proceeded to cook). The ballpark buns held up very nicely to being grilled. I will absolutely make this one again. Homemade cubans are a favorite of mine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2020
Made it exactly as recipe stated for a crowd. Everyone loved them and asked for some extra for the road. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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