When we were shooting the book, they used 5 different slow cooker brands and each cooked slightly different, that is my only guess that could be the issue as most people had success as I did. He said “There’s no such thing as gluten free slow cooker Bahn Mi! Thanks. Can beef be substituted instead? Get your hands in there (then wash them well). Don’t be nervous, it’s easy. great!! OMG – this is phenomenal. I did add 1/2 c chicken broth just in case & basted once an hour and it was perfect. Superfast dinner! The liquid level was perfect as written. Where’s the bread? Thanks for such a great dish! I really don’t need all that extra bread with my meats. The brine process can be simplified by skipping the stovetop. I made this yesterday and was a bit underwhelmed by the recipe. My husband asked what it was called, and I told him it was a take on bahn mi, and he said “OH YEAH!” Great flavors, I will make this many more times. Hubby had a mishap involving the jalepeno and his eye. So good! If you triple the pork (3lbs) do you triple the triple the soy sauce/brown sugar mixture? This one was amazing and not difficult. Thanks! Please keep the ethnic inspired recipes coming! Alternatively, you can broil the beef skewers in the oven on High, about 2-3 minutes each side. If I make it again I will definitely tweak the recipe. But this recipe turned out with completely burnt sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker and very dry overcooked pork. I did 1 lb of pork tenderloin and after 4 hours on low, almost all the liquid is gone and it is soooo tough! I read the other comments first, so I added about 1/2 cup water and only set it for 5 hours. I just made this for the first time and it will definitely be on our normal rotation for easy meals! Like not adding the extra water?? I live by myself, so whenever I make recipes I just eat it throughout the week. They didn’t shred so much as pull apart in chunks, but I was worried about them drying out if I let them sit longer. I actually liked them together and it wasn’t too spicy. Added half a cup of water to the soy sauce mixture before cooking to ensure plenty of liquid (I like sauce!). I did two mayo blends for toppings: one with sambal oelek and one with basil and lemongrass. Would it be too over powering to pickle all the vegetables (cabbage, cucumbers) as well? For each quarter of a cup of defatted sauce, I added 3 T of peanut butter and a tiny splash of sesame oil. Is the sugar from the pickling not counted because it is drained with the vinegar? I have having a bunch of different things to put together. If you don’t have rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar can also be used. This was absolutely amazing & took me right back to living in NOLA! And then it’s time to assemble the bowls! Any tips Gina? I love your recipes! Maybe I should have doubled the sauce? Day 2 I made sandwiches with the pork and veggies. Make about 30 meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each. I expected a lot more flavor; it definitely seemed to be lacking something. Then add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and sauté briefly until fragrant. Veggies galore and hubby/kids love it too. PS I did put that the recipe is yours. Thank you for creating easy, healthy and inspiring recipes that my whole family can enjoy. Skinless boneless chicken thighs would be fabulous! Totally hit the spot. I watched your video several times and yes, noticed you had a ton of liquid! Made this tonight. I just purchased an Instant Pot and am wondering how easily this recipe would convert. I opted for the meatless version, which was just broth and rice noodles and all the vegetables for $6. Made with chicken thighs & 30 minutes in my instant pot and it was amazing!!! Here are some suggestions: sriracha, soy sauce, sriracha-mayo, or teriyaki sauce. Super easy too ~ makes for great lunch leftovers! If I can make a quick meal in the crockpot that is filling, healthy and universally liked, it just doesn’t get any better! Banh mi can be filled with any sort of meat (cold cuts, char siu, liver pate, chicken, meatballs, whatever), but I decided to use the yummy meatballs that are in my Teriyaki Meatball Bowls. (Could you tackle Vietnanese Noodle Bowls next? Hi, Do you seed the jalapeño first or just slice and put seeds and all in crock pot? Sure, I think even chicken would be great. Just want to say if you’re waiting for that wipe-your-hands-thrown-down-the-apron-perfection-is-achieved moment…this is it. Heat over medium flame and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Love this recipe! I accidentally didn’t start the crockpot in time (even though I had already put the pork in the marinade/sauce), so I had to wing it with the instant pot. This looks so good! Pickled carrots (and usually daikon) are what give banh mi a really unique taste. I sliced two carrots and two cucumbers on the thinnest mandolin setting in a medallion shape. Always make sure you (or your friends) check the label to make sure! I portion out the vinegar/sugar/salt as well and put it in a little baggie tucked on top of the pork in the snapware. I picked the cucumbers with the carrots and made a (not so skinny) sriracha aioli. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several! Do you think it would be good with riced cauliflower (sautéed a few minutes) instead of rice? Done. I also pickled some coleslaw mix instead of the carrots and radishes, used it as a topping with jalapenos and cucumber. Hi, I’m Gina Homolka, a busy mom of two girls, author and recipe developer here at Skinnytaste.com. is there something I should subsitute for it? Turn Instant Pot off after a few minutes (when you think the meat has been coated and simmered enough in the liquid. Thanks for the recipe, Gina – I pre-ordered your book and can’t wait to enjoy it! I think turkey tenderloin or even chicken would taste great, maybe less time though! I think it’s at least 7 or 8 quarts. Yay! dying!! Very flavorful and easy. We love SkinnyTaste! I made this in my Instant Pot last night. I love how there are so many unique components (aside:  I’ve never “pickled” anything before! Am I getting the right cut of meat? Thanks! It’s absolutely delicious. Love, love, LOVE this recipe! Bravo! Did you do manual for 30 mins? Thank you! Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a small sauce pot. OMG! In my mind it’s not Vietnamese without star anise so that might be the thing you’re missing flavour-wise…. Budget Bytes » Recipes » Bowl Meals » Banh Mi Bowls. YUM! I had the exact same results: the sauce dried up, meat was dry and disgustingly salty. So unfortunately, I didn’t have 6 hrs to let it cook. This recipe is so tasty! I was getting bored with the usual pulled pork sandwich so I tried this new recipe and what a game changer! Is it because you dump the carrot/radish marinade so that sugar isn’t counted? Very fresh with the veggies and I felt good after eating it. (I use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel from the ginger, then a small-holed cheese grater to grate it.). I subbed mock duck for pork. My husband, (also a food lover and great cook) agrees. (I am an instant pot newbie!). I used hot water from the kettle directly into a glass container and dissolving the sugar and salt in that before adding the vinegar followed by the veggies. Beautiful to look at, delicious and healthy to eat. I also tried shaving ribbons with the vegetable peeler, but I liked the grated carrot better. Commenting on the pickled veggies! I made this tonight. My family LOVES this recipe. I just made this dish tonight, and it is absolutely delicious! My husband is allergic to both. Super tender, very flavorful, but light. It has been a tasty week for me! Basically, you are giving germs extra time to multiply and spoil the food. And wow, the pickled carrots and radishes were really great.