Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pulled Pork Banh Mi

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This pulled pork banh mi features Vietnamese baguette (banh mi) filled with tender and flavorful pulled pork, pickled vegetables, and tasty sriracha mayo sauce. With a slow cooker to cook the pulled pork, this delicious banh mi recipe cannot be easier to make.

This Vietnamese Pulled Pork Banh Mi features crispy bread, tender and flavorful pork, crunchy pickled vegetables and yummy sriracha mayo sauce. With the help of a slow cooker, this banh mi sandwich recipe is super easy to make.

Vietnamese people often eat banh mi for breakfast. The traditional fillings for banh mi sandwich are fried eggs, pate, pork floss, Vietnamese ham, grilled meat, and pickled vegetables. We also eat banh mi alongside with some saucy dishes such as beef stew, braised meatballs, or black pepper beef.

This Vietnamese pulled pork banh mi isn’t the most traditional version. It is inspired by the Southern-style banh mi and we love to eat it for breakfast. The crispy bread, tender pork, crunchy vegetables, and slightly spicy tangy creamy sauce are what make it delicious and satisfying. 

We always search for breakfast that takes little time to prepare in the morning and this banh mi sandwich recipe is the perfect solution. We cook the pulled pork in the slow cooker and pickle the vegetables overnight, and then assemble the sandwich in the morning.

This pulled pork banh mi features Vietnamese baguette (banh mi) filled with tender and flavorful pulled pork, pickled vegetables, and tasty sriracha mayo sauce. With a slow cooker to cook the pulled pork, this delicious banh mi recipe cannot be easier to make.


1️⃣ To make the pulled pork, you will need a reasonably fatty cut of pork such as pork shoulder or butt, and spice rub. Slow-cooking the pork will render the fat while keeping the meat moist, tender and flavorful.

2️⃣ The main ingredient for the spice rub is five-spice powder, which is Vietnamese people’s favorite spice for pork. You can find it in many Western grocery stores and of course, Asian grocery stores. You can also order five-spice powder on Amazon. It is also possible to use other dry-rub for pulled pork that you like.

a pice of pork shoulder with dry rub

3️⃣ For the pickled vegetables, you will need crunchy veggies such as carrots, daikon radish or cucumber, vinegar (I recommend rice vinegar) and sugar.

4️⃣ For the bread, as mentioned in the previous section, if you cannot find plain Vietnamese banh mi, substitute it with regular baguettes. We sometimes even stuff all the fillings inside toasted pita bread and it is also very good (we always have some pita bread in our freezer).

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How to Make Pulled Pork Banh Mi

Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pulled Pork Banh Mi Baguette

The first step is to cook the pork in the slow cooker, which can be done overnight. It’s not necessary to marinate the pork. Just rub it with spices, throw into the slow cooker, push the button and then walk away! You can then pickle the vegetables for a couple of hours or overnight.

Next morning, or whenever you want to eat it, make the sauce, lightly toast the bread until crispy, shred the pork and then stuff the bread with pork, pickled veggies, cilantro and sauce. Super easy and yummy!

You can create a filling breakfast with this pulled pork banh mi and a cup of tea/coffee or a glass of smoothie. Here are some of the drinks I love to have with banh mi:

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Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pulled Pork Banh Mi

This pulled pork banh mi features Vietnamese baguette (banh mi) filled with tender and flavorful pulled pork, pickled vegetables, and tasty sriracha mayo sauce. With a slow cooker to cook the pulled pork, this delicious banh mi recipe cannot be easier to make.
Author: Sophie
5 from 23 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 3 people


For the Pulled Pork

For the Pickled Vegetables

  • 2 oz julienned carrots
  • 4 oz julienned cucumber (or daikon radish)
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt

To Assemble the Banh Mi Sandwich

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3-4 banh mi, lightly toasted (or baguettes)
  • cilantro


To make the pulled pork

  • Combine salt, five-spice powder, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper in a bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork shoulder/butts.
    Pork shoulder and different spices for the rub to make pulled pork.
  • Transfer the pork to the slow cooker, add the water. Cook on low for about 8 hours (or 6 hours on high) or to desired tenderness.

To make the pickled vegetables

  • Julienne carrots and cucumber (or daikon radish). If using cucumber, remove all seeds before you julienne them. In a jar or bowl, combine rice vinegar, water, sugar and salt, and then add the veggies. Cover, refrigerate to pickle for 2-3 hours or overnight.
    a container of pickled vegetables

To assemble the banh mi sandwich

  • In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice and honey to make the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Shred the pork. Slice the banh mi (or baguette) open lengthwise, fill with pulled pork, pickled veggies and cilantro, then drizzle with plenty of sauce. Serve immediately.


If you want your pickled vegetables to be sweeter, add 1 more tablespoon of sugar. I like mine to be just slightly sweet.
If you cannot find Vietnamese banh mi, regular baguettes will work fine. I even enjoy using pita bread for this recipe.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1558mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3431IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: pulled pork banh mi, slow cooker pulled pork
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  1. We love this recipe! I’ve made it multiple times in the crockpot, but how could I do this in the oven?

    Thank you 🥰

  2. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe! So tasty!! So easy!!! Not much more to say other than we will definitely be making this again and again and again.

  3. Absolutely amazing recipe. I have a pork sensitive friend and I want to make this for her. Can you use chicken in this instead

  4. 5 stars
    This is so delicious! My entire family enjoys this. It is very time consuming to make, so I now make the meat in bulk and freeze what I don’t use for next time.

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thank you so much for the feedback and rating! I’m very happy your family enjoyed it. It does take several hours to slow cook the pork so making a big batch and freezing is a great idea to save time.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely amazing! My entire family loved it. It is also just as good if frozen and eaten later.

      1. Hi Christie,
        I once used the slow cooker function of the Instant Pot to make this and it came out fine. I haven’t tried making it with the pressure cooker function though. Taking a look at some other Instant Pot pulled pork recipes, I think it may take 40 mins on High and you may need to add a little more water/broth. You can take a look at the Instant Pot manuals to see what is the minimum liquid amount it requires to come to pressure. I hope this helps.

        1. 5 stars
          I’ve just pulled the 8 pound pork shoulder the I pressure cooked for 40 minutes. Now it’s on the stove simmering in the wonderful juice to reduce the liquid and check the seasoning. Fabulous!

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