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Pulled pork sandwich on a white plate topped with a Thai Slaw on a white plate

Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you in this one (most of them are repeats anyway). It’s still totally easy to make. You can find all the ingredients in the Asian section of your supermarket. Seriously, they should all be pretty easy to find. The lemon grass paste is sometimes found in the produce section.

This pork is full of great Thai flavors like coconut milk, red curry, and ginger. It is one of those meals that smells great as it cooks all day and requires very little prep time at all. With a slaw that is packed full of vegetables, it has a fresh light Thai feel, all with the ease of the slow cooker.

I really hate grating ginger. It’s kind of like running nails over a chalk board to me. Instead, I give mine a rough chop and run it through my garlic press. It is such a simple solution! You get so caught up in calling it a garlic press that you forget it can do other things as well.

Thai Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)

Pulled pork sandwich on a white plate topped with a Thai Slaw on a white plate


  • 1 3 to 4 pound pork butt roast
  • 1 cup 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon grass paste
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 lime juiced


  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup shredded or julienned carrots
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 24 slider buns or 12 regular buns
  • Place the pork roast into a 5 quart slow cooker.
  • In a small mixing bowl stir together coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, fish sauce, rice vinegar, lemon grass paste, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and soy sauce. Pour over meat.
  • Cook on low 8 hours. Shred meat and then squeeze in lime juice before serving.
  • Make the slaw by combining the cabbage, cilantro, carrots, and green onions in a mixing bowl. Pour lime juice, rice vinegar, and fish sauce over slaw mixture. Drizzle honey over slaw and stir to combine.
  • Serve meat hot on buns topped with a heaping pile of the slaw.
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September 10, 2016 7:09 pm

Looks like a great recipe! Do you add the coconut milk mixture to the slow cooker? Or add to the meat after?

Thank you,

February 12, 2015 3:34 pm

I don't use a slow cooker but I'd love to just braise this in the oven – looks fantastic!!

February 13, 2015 2:23 am

Definitely can be done! A fresh braise is always delicious!

February 12, 2015 1:52 pm

This looks so good and I've been craving Thai flavors more and more lately.

February 12, 2015 1:34 pm

I love making pork in the slow cooker, we do it all the time. This thai version is totally going on our menu next week!

February 12, 2015 1:02 pm

This sandwich looks sooo good! And love that you included where to find some of the items…I occasionally find myself wandering for quite some time looking for a more obscure item lol.

February 13, 2015 2:22 am

I know, right? Today I visited an Asian market and just wandered around looking at everything. Employee after employee tried to help me, but I just wanted to look.

February 12, 2015 12:12 pm

Whoa, this sandwich looks amazing! I LOVE using my crock pot, it makes such flavorful, easy pork. Pinned.

February 12, 2015 11:46 am

Sounds fantastic! This is going on our to-make list this weekend…just need to buy some lemongrass paste! And – great tip on using the garlic press with ginger!

February 12, 2015 8:00 am

Rachel, I am SO glad to have connected with you over the facebook groups- I no joke have bookmarked all your recipes so far (and definitely will NOT be touching my eyes via jalapenos!)

This is something worth whupping out the slow cooker for (In Summer here!)

February 13, 2015 2:21 am

Awww thanks Arman! And yes, please don't touch your eyes with jalapeno hands. No one deserves that kind of pain!

February 12, 2015 7:00 am

I love this and have the the ingredients (minus the buns) on hand right now! Delicious.

February 12, 2015 6:13 am

This sandwich looks so good! And I love that it's made in the slow cooker. How easy is that?!?!

February 12, 2015 5:22 am

This is one awesome sandwich!! I LOVE Thai food and Thai flavors, pulled pork sandwiches are one of my absolute faves – and I totally use the garlic press for ginger too. It is seriously such a pain to grate!! Can't wait to make these – I know my husband will love them too.

February 11, 2015 8:03 pm

Holy cow. This sounds so delicious. I have to give this recipe a try. We're pulled pork lovers, but have never had a thai version. I can't wait!

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