Braised Pork Sandwiches with Berry-Basil Sauce

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Looking for the best slow cooker recipes? You've found one! These yummy pork sandwiches simmer away for hours before serving -- definitely a super easy slow cooker meal!

Braised Pork Sandwiches with Berry-Basil Sauce
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
4 hrs
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 to 8 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 2.5-3 pound boneless pork top loin roast (single loin)

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 10 ounce jar seedless raspberry preserves

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots (2 medium)

  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoon cold water

  • ½ cup snipped fresh basil

  • 6 - 8 ciabatta buns, split and toasted

  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. For rub, in a small bowl combine oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, dried basil, and pepper. Sprinkle rub evenly over meat; rub in with your fingers.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together preserves, blueberries, shallots, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and garlic; set aside.

  3. In a large skillet cook meat in hot oil over medium-high heat until brown on all sides. Drain off fat. Place meat in cooker. Pour berry mixture over meat.

  4. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/4 hours. Remove meat from cooker, reserving cooking liquid. Cover meat loosely with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan combine cornstarch and the water; stir in cooking liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in snipped fresh basil.

  6. Cut meat into thin slices or, using two forks, pull meat apart into shreds. Place meat on bottoms of buns. Spoon sauce over meat; replace tops of buns. If desired, garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

732 Calories
21g Fat
83g Carbs
49g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 732
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 875mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 7.7mg 39%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 783mg 17%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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