I’ve had a slow cooker sitting in my cupboard for a long time, and I’ve never used it. It’s hard to believe that an individual like myself who loves to cook, pays attention to nutrition, and lives a very busy life has never taken advantage of this essential kitchen item.
I love pulled pork.If I am given the option to choose between various meat options for a meal, I always battle between beef and pork. If pulled pork is an option, it usually wins. The tender flavorful dish is comforting and delicious. My favorite pairings are starches like sweet potato (drizzled with some juices from the slow cooker), rice and toasted buns.
I wanted to make a pulled pork that was loaded with BBQ sauce, but I didn’t want the added sugar that comes with most sauces. I found a recipe I like online, but it called for a lot of sugary sauce. So I got to work making my own. This meal was amazing. Cooked to perfection, the sauce turned out perfectly. If you’re pressed for time, and you have a slow cooker, you must try this!
Note about pulled pork – it’s not the leanest cut of meat. If you’re tracking macros, be prepared to leave some extra room for the high fat in a pork shoulder (boston Butt)!
1 pork shoulder roast (Mine was just under 4lb.)
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of red wine vinegar (I ran out and topped up with sherry vinegar)
1/4 cup of truvia
1 tbsp of dijon mustard
1 tbsp of worcestershire sauce
1 can of tomato paste
1 tbsp of chili powder
2 tbsp of minced garlic
2 tbsp of thyme
1 large white onion, chopped
Spray the bottom of the slow cooker with a misting oil. I use Pam – Olive Oil. Place your roast in the cooker. Pour in your broth, vinegar and tomato paste. Add in the rest of your ingredients and stir as best you can. Cover and cook for 6 hours on high. You can also do 10-12 hours on low.
Remove the lid and shred the pork with 2 forks. It should fall apart easily and mix into the juices and onion. I served this on a toasted english muffin with roasted broccoli.
For a 75 gram serving of pulled pork with homemade sauce, no bun or veggies included: