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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork on Jalapeño-Cotija Cornbread

With sweet-savory pork and skillet-baked cheesy cornbread, this sloppy slow-cooker sandwich is anything but ordinary.
By Yvette Marquez
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork on Jalapeño-Cotija Cornbread

The sun is shining, the weather is warming, but don’t put away your slow cooker just yet! I love inventing new ways to use this marvelous machine and this easy, flavorful pork sandwich fits the bill exactly. The best part about this entire meal is that it practically makes itself. The pork simmers away while you bake the cornbread in a handy dandy cast-iron skillet. I love how rustic the cornbread looks and plus, what dish doesn’t taste better when made in a skillet? Serve the sweet-savory shredded tender pork on the cornbread and you’ll have a mouth-watering, satisfying dinner that’s anything but ordinary. Here’s how to do it! 

First, gather the ingredients to make the pork.

ingredients for pulled pork

Place water and onions in a slow cooker. Sprinkle roast with salt, pepper, and half of the chile; add to slow cooker and then cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until pork it’s fall-apart tender.

pork in slow cooker

Meanwhile, gather the ingredients to make the corn bread.

ingredients for cornbread

Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in corn, crumbled cojita cheese and peppers.

mixing cornbread ingredients

Carefully pour the batter into the pre-heated skillet.

spreading cornbread batter in skillet

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

cutting slice of cornbread out of skillet

Once pork is tender, remove pork and onions; cool slightly and discard cooking juices. Shred pork with two forks and discard the fatty pieces.

shredded pork on plate

Gather the additional ingredients for the pork: the remaining chiles, ketchup, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey, butter and coriander.

ingredients for pork glaze

Return pork and onions to slow cooker with added ingredients. Cook covered, on low, for 1 more hour.

mixing sauce with shredded pork

Return pork and onions to slow cooker with added ingredients. Cook covered, on low, for 1 more hour.

mixing sauce with shredded pork

Serve the saucy pork sandwiched in between thick slices of the bread, topped with extra jalapeños on top if you like it hot!

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork on Jalapeño-Cotija Cornbread


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