I’m so ready to ring in 2013.

Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches I howsweeteats.com

I have champagne and glittery tights and in about eight hours, I’m going to have HUGE hair. Huge. No really. Huge. I have a $33 bottle of hairspray to prove it.

Oh and I have pork. Seriously… 2013, bring it on.

Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches I howsweeteats.com

Could a better recipe more perfectly wrap up 2012 on this wee blog? I think not. If I was obsessed with anything this year (and let’s be honest, I’m obsessed with EVERYTHING… I know you’re hoping that my resolution is to stop using the word “obsessed.” For the third year in a row.), it was surely grilled cheese sandwiches. It started with the whole fruit and herb thing and then even morphed into… vegetables.

I must have had an off week.

Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches I howsweeteats.com

So I don’t know why people eat pork on New Year’s – I hear it’s good luck or something like that? – but I eat pork all the time. Obviously. all.the.time. I wanted to do something slightly different than just a plain old sandwich or slider. Which is where the whole melty beer cheese thing comes in. And what’s better than buttery, crunchy, golden grainy bread? Nothing. That’s what.

The best thing about this “recipe” is that you can totally just use what you have. Use whatever pork you have leftover; whatever pork you hijacked from your parent’s house in order to not have to cook for the next four days. You can even use whatever cheese is in your fridge. The only other things you really need are bread and beer, and well… if you’re reading this I’m guessing you most likely are in possession of such necessities.

That’s why we’re friends.

Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches I howsweeteats.com


Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Yield: makes 4 sandwiches + a ton of pulled pork

Total Time: 12 hours for the pork; 30 minutes for the sandwiches


pulled pork
1 (6 pound) pork butt/shoulder (mine was bone-in)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces of beer
32 ounces of barbecue sauce + additional for drizzling

grilled cheese sandwiches
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup beer
1/3 cup milk
6 ounces freshly grated white cheddar cheese
8 slices slices whole grain bread
softened butter for spreading


for pork:
Optional but yields the best result: heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the pork on every side (about 2-3 minutes per side) until golden brown before adding to the crockpot.

Add pork to crockpot with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add beer and 24 ounces of barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 12 hours, tossing once or twice if desired. After 8 hours, shred pork with forks or kitchen tongs and add remaining barbecue sauce. Toss pork to coat and let sit for 20-30 minutes before serving to absorb everything. Remove bone (if bone-in) before serving.

This makes a ton of pork and can be made well ahead of time and also frozen afterwards!

for sandwiches:
To make the beer cheese sauce, heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, whisk in flour and stir for 1-2 minutes until golden and fragrant and bubbly. Add in beer and milk, whisking well to combine, then reduce heat to low and add cheese, stirring until totally melted and smooth. Keep over low heat and stir every few minutes while assembling sandwiches.

Heat an electric skillet or griddle over medium heat. Butter the outside sides of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices butter-side down on the skillet, then top with a few handfuls of pulled pork. Cover in cheese sauce, then top with the other slices or bread, butter-side up. I cooked these grilled cheeses a lot quicker than the others I usually make since the cheese is already melted. As long as the pork and cheese sauce is warm, cook these until each side is deeply golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately!

[pork recipe from my crockpot bbq beer pork tacos]

Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches I howsweeteats.com

Do it up big tonight, friends! I’m talking sweatpants… couches… the works.

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112 Responses to “Crockpot Pulled Pork + Beer Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 31, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I love all the gooey melted cheese! And all the best to you in 2013!!! Happy New Year, Jessica!


  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 31, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Happy New Years!!! Your sandwich looks incredible! I hope you show pictures of your big hair!!! Have fun!!!


  3. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — December 31, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Daaaang, Jessica – you have done it again! Happy New Years to you and your huge hair :)


  4. #
    Little Kitchie — December 31, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    How do you put everything I hold so dear in one sandwich?! LOVE. Hope you have a great New Year’s Eve!!


  5. #
    Alaina — December 31, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Wha? Huh? Oh my gosh this looks absolutely decadent and delicious! You have ended the year with a bang that’s for sure. :-)

    Happy New Year Jess!


  6. #
    Krissy @ Make it Naked — December 31, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    It’s 843am and I need pork and cheese now. Looks great! Happy New Year!


  7. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 31, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Ugh, feed me…this is serious NYE food!


  8. #
    Talaia Amoura Whisenant — December 31, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Omg bbq sauce and cheese where have I been? Have you heard of eating black eyed peas, greens, and cornbread for new years luck? My friend put me on that. Happy New Year Jessica!!


  9. #
    Reba — December 31, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Looks yummy!!! Yes-please post pics of your big hair! Happy New Years!!!


  10. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 31, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Well, Hello 2013. You are looking mighty fine


  11. #
    Tracey — December 31, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I fell in in love with your blog big time this year! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings :) Happy New Year!


  12. #
    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — December 31, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Oh yummmm…if I come over, will you make me one, please? This looks mouth-watering delicious. I am so hungry now!


  13. #
    Kim in MD — December 31, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    This looks To Die For! Happy New Year!


  14. #
    Julia — December 31, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    That sandwich looks insanely good! Happy New Year!


  15. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — December 31, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Wouldn’t it be my luck that my husband and brother decide that they’re going to start my new kitchen …TOMORROW! What am I going to do,I need to make all of your Delicious edibles. Everything has to be out of the kitchen by the days end!!!!! I am down to a toaster oven ,microwave and a coffee maker which I managed to stuff into the dining room. Well it will be definitely worth it when it’s done. I’m going to my mothers to make this sandwich today! One more load of pots to go.


  16. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — December 31, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Seriously brilliant – I’m pretty sure if I made these for the boyfriend, I’d have a proposal by next week.


  17. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — December 31, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Yep, I’m eating this. In my glittey tights. Right before I go out. Bad decision? I think not!


  18. #
    Chloe Moon — December 31, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    I wish I had this lunch today!! Wow that looks good!!! =)

    Happy New Year!

    Ergo – Blog


  19. #
    Sabatino - hotcupoflove.com — December 31, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    I can’t think of any better way to open the new year. This sandwich turns me on. I mean, sexually. Like, I NEEEEED this.


  20. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 31, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I change my mind. Hibernation mission grilled cheese pork sandwiches, FOREVAARRRRRR.


  21. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 31, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    LOL I love your last comment about the couches and sweats Jess! I can picture myself doing just that …. I hope you’ve got a fancy pair of heels to kick back in (and I’m sure you do, judging by the pic you posted in Instagram the other day!)


  22. #
    Karly — December 31, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Pork is good luck? Yeah. I knew that. Its why I eat bacon all day long, every day.


  23. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — December 31, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    This is off the hook! For reals…you managed to get booze in my grilled cheese??! You are winning at 2012. Hope you show 2013 who’s boss!


  24. #
    Holiday Baker Man — December 31, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    Perfect for the ballgames tomorrow!


  25. #
    HeatherChristo — December 31, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    WHHHAAAATTT!? this looks so freaking good!!! Happy New Year Jessica!


  26. #
    Christine — December 31, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Thank for this fabulous year of good and delicious food! You are awesome. Take care and Haopy New Year!!!


  27. #
    Ashley — December 31, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Oh my. I have a love affair with both pulled pork and grilled cheese…and beer cheese sounds like an amazing food. :D


  28. #
    Morgan — December 31, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    My mouth is watering! Beer cheese sauce over barbecue soaked pork! Gah!


  29. #
    Laura — December 31, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. Awesome sauce!! Now about this $33 bottle of hairspray…what, pray tell, is the product??


  30. #
    Andrea — December 31, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Just got done sampling the canoli tart I made for a party tonight and now I’m mad I have the rest of the menu already figured out or I would have made these sandwiches too…they look delicious! I’m a little obsessed with cheese sandwiches too and I have the luxury of working from home where I can have a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch whenever I want! Happy New Year!


  31. #
    Luv What You Do — December 31, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    That sandwhich looks amazing! I can’t wait to see pictures of your HUGE hair. Cheers to a happy and exciting 2013!


  32. #
    Larry — December 31, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Is it horrible that I want to just straight up DRINK that cheese sauce? And I don’t even like beer… there’s a scene at the end of Christina Aguilera’s music video for “Not Myself Tonight” where she pours this black paint stuff on herself… yeah, I wanna do that.


  33. #
    jessica — December 31, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    oh, HELLS YES pork and cheese and grilled. Happy, Happy New Year!


  34. #
    Michelle — December 31, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Anything with beer wins me over! Happy New Year!



  35. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 31, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Oh. Heck. Yeah.


  36. #
    Stephanie — December 31, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    Happy New Year!!! I have big plans, making both your goat cheese and cupcake fondue recipes. I love any word that illustrates how over the top I am about something. Obsessed, mortified, stalkerish are all going to remain in my vocabulary during 2013. I’m anti-change so it’s best you just keep on using obsessed. Also my assumption was that I’d be able to see your big hair via Instagram since we’re friends like that but apparently I was wrong.


  37. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 31, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    we always had pork on New Year’s Day growing up, but we had pork and sauerkraut – I think maybe cabbage is good luck? Who knows! I’ll gladly trade out the sauerkraut for this masterpiece ;)


  38. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — December 31, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Picking myself up all of the floor now. BEER cheese grilled sandwiches?!?! With pork? Oh my word. We’re having pork tenderloin tonight. I’m considering not letting anyone eat it, so that I can make these instead.

    PS…need a pic of the big hair! :) We’re staying in, but I’m thinking…sparkly top + yoga pants?!?

    Happy New Year! *mwah*


  39. #
    Leslie — December 31, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    That looks fantastic! Happy New Year!


  40. #
    a farmer in the dell — December 31, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    I think I am staying in tonight and going to dine on grilled cheese pork sandwiches with a glass of champagne and my stretchy pants! Bring on 2013! happy new year!


  41. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 31, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Oh no you didn’t. I’ve made your Crockpot beer chicken before so I can only imagine how great the pork is… AND beer cheese? Just send me straight on into heaven!


  42. #
    LisaG — December 31, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Low & behold I have homemade beer cheese thanks to mama. That sandwich is gonna happen! But, for tomorrow collard greens, hoppin john, & cornbread for tomorrow for good luck.


  43. #
    Lindsay — December 31, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    Y.U.M! OMG I can’t wait to make this. I made bread today: http://lovebeerlovefood.com/you-can-make-magazine-worthy-bread-seriously/ and this sandwich would be the perfect fixings with it….. Nom nom nom. I heart beer.


  44. #
    tania@mykitchenstories.com.au — January 1, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    This looks beautiful. Do people really eat pork at New Year, I didnt know that. Anywayz your sandwiches look too delicious. Happy New Year


  45. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — January 1, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    I need!


  46. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 1, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Girl I want to see that big hair! I hope you had a blast last night! And with any luck you have some leftover pork to ease you off your hangover.


  47. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 1, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Happy Happy New Year! What a decadent way to start this year right! Forget those detoxes and indulge in this!


  48. #
    Sandy S. — January 1, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    These look terrific!! Thanks for sharing.


  49. #
    Chloe — January 1, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Is it weird that I know we would be friends in real life if we ever met in real life? That’s probably weird. The Internet does that. But anyway, the point is that I love your blog, and I love these sandwiches, and I love glittery tights and big hair and happy 2013! Can’t wait to see what you come up with this year! :)


  50. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — January 1, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    This looks like my dinner for New Years Day! And isn’t pork good luck supposedly for the new year?



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