Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe:
I spent some time searching for a pulled pork recipe I could feel good about feeding my family. So many recipes are mighty delicious… but they contain a lot of added sugar or soda to enhance the flavor of the meat.
I found this recipe… and it looked healthy, so I gave it a whirl. Not only is it made with clean & natural ingredients… but it is SO DARN GOOD that you don’t even need BBQ sauce to love it. However… sauce always an option… obviously! 😉 We love making it both ways over here. When I’m trying to cut back on sugar – I won’t add the sauce though… In these situations I like putting together a tasty salad or something.
Want to keep it clean AND still use BBQ sauce?? Try it with this clean eating BBQ sauce recipe! I also know that Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods offer excellent selections of clean BBQ sauces. Just check the label before you buy for ingredients you understand, recognize and can pronounce… and for the best product: select one with the shortest ingredient list.
So yes, any who… this recipe can be used for salads, sandwiches, tacos.. or it can be enjoyed on it’s own. Perfect party food, football food or dinner gathering food. For sandwiches I love using Food For Life’s Ezekial 4:9 Bread, because it’s made with only a handful of whole grain ingredients.. yum! and healthy!
It has the perfect flavor combination of garlic, spice, and sweetness, and it melts in your mouth when you eat it… YUM! <— Okay, it’s breakfast time as I’m writing this… but writing that sentence seriously made me want to grab the leftovers I made yesterday out of the fridge. BRB.
Okay I’m back and munching on my pork at 6:30 AM. No Shame. Make this for dinner. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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- 1 Large Sweet Onion (Diced)
- 2 Large Garlic Cloves (Thin Sliced)
- 1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 4-5 Pound Boneless or Bone-In Pork Shoulder - 'Pork Butt' (Twine or Netting Removed)
- 2 Cups BBQ Sauce (or more to taste)
- 1 Tbs. Honey
- ⅛ Tsp. Molasses
- 1 Tbs. Chili Powder
- 1 Tbs. Salt
- ½ Tsp. Ground Cumin
- ¼ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ Tsp. Red Cayenne Pepper
- Rinse & pat dry the pork & set it aside.
- Combine all rub ingredients in a bowl, & combine meat coating ingredients in another bowl.
- Pour meat coating over the pork and thoroughly rub it in. Then rub the dry mixture all over the pork.
- Place onions and garlic on the bottom of your slow cooker, and then pour in the chicken broth.
- Add the prepared pork on top, cover your slow cooker, and cook for 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low until pork is tender. - This may vary depending on your slow cooker. I recommend checking the meat after 5½ hours.
- Turn off your slow cooker and remove the pork onto a large plate or cutting board. Shred the meat and remove/ discard any excess fat. If the pork has a bone - also remove and discard that.
- Set a fine mesh strainer over a medium sized bowl, and pour the onion mixture (what is left in the crockpot after the meat is removed) through the strainer to separate the solids from the liquids - Set both aside.
- Return the meat to the slow cooker. If you are using BBQ sauce - discard the strained liquid - and choose whether or you'd like to add the onions and garlic back into the crockpot with the meat. When I use BBQ sauce - I don't add the onions and garlic back in. If you choose not to add BBQ sauce - add onions, garlic, and ¼ cup of the strained liquid back into the crockpot with the meat. Whatever your final product - stir & enjoy!
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