The best BBQ Pulled Pork recipe you need this summer.
Although summer is in full swing here in Charlotte, our Crockpot has come back out again.
Because Tom and I have been obsessed with pulled meat – BBQ pulled pork, Masala Pulled Chicken, you name it.
Also, did I mention we live in the South? BBQ is a must.
Our house is actually right by the best BBQ restaurant in Charlotte. We would walk out of our door every day and smell that BBQ pulled pork.
But taking out its BBQ pulled pork every day is probably not the best idea.
So I came up with our own healthy version of BBQ pulled pork made in Crockpot.
It is paleo, gluten free, sugar free and whole 30 friendly.
SO simple to make in a slow cooker (this is the one I have <<Affiliate Link>>).
Why do I love Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork
Perfect for a Flavorful Whole30 Dinner
Whole 30 doesn’t have to be blend and boring. This Whole 30 BBQ pulled pork is so flavorful. Seasoned and slow cooked to perfection. You can serve it in so many ways to spice up your whole30 journey.
So Easy to Make
All you need is to throw the ingredients in a crockpot, and have it cook on low in a slow cooker for 6 hours. And a healthy BBQ pulled pork will be ready and waiting for you.
The perfect Dinner to Meal Prep
This crockpot BBQ pulled pork is even better overnight. Once the pulled pork soaks up all the juice.
Perfect for a Summer Party
What screams summer more than BBQ Pulled Pork?
There are so many ways you get creative with this crockpot pulled pork.
Bring a platter of sliders with sweet potato buns for a healthy party dish, load it on top of some nachos, or use it as an excellent source of protein on top of a salad bowl.
What Meat to Use for BBQ Pulled Pork
I like to do a mix of pork loin, pork shoulder or pork butt. Honestly, whatever cut is available at the grocery store.
First, let me briefly explain the difference among all these different cuts the best I can. I am not a butcher, but here is how I figure out my preferred cuts that will give this BBQ pulled pork the best flavor.
Shoulder: Cuts from the upper portion of the shoulders have lots o marbles with fat and contain a lot of connective tissues. So they are my favorite to use in a slow cooker.
Loin: The area between the shoulder and back legs. This cut is the leanest, also the most tender part of all.
Butt (Pork roast): This is similar to shoulder but even more well marbled. However, it is usually a little pricier in grocery stores.
I usually use one pound of pork shoulder or pork butt to get the fatty and juicy factor for the BBQ pulled pork. Additionally, I use one more pound of pork loin, which balance the fatty pork shoulder. Pork loin is also more tender, so it gives the pulled pork a bit chewy texture.
Therefore, the key here is mix fat and lean.
How to serve Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
1. Pulled Pork Slider
2. Pulled Pork Nacho
3. BBQ Carnitas Chipotle Bowl
4. Carnitas Tacos
Now scroll down to check out the full recipe and direction and get (slow) cooking! This crockpot BBQ pulled pork recipe will become your go-to this summer. It makes the easiest paleo, whole30 and keto friendly dinner. And it’s the perfect crowd pleaser for your 4th of July party!
Ooo also I look forward to seeing your creations! You can use “Tried it” on Pinterest or share on Instagram by tagging #shuangyseats
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- 2 lb pork (1 lb pork shoulder, 1 lb porn loin)
- 1/2 tbsp sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp ground pepper
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika (or sweet paprika)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup bone broth
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (Whole 30 Approved linked)
- Marinate the pork with all the seasoning and liquid in a bag for a few hours. Overnight for best result. (If you are short on time, you can omit this step)
- Chop up onion, garlic. And sauté in a pan with 1 tbsp avocado oil until fragrant. (About 2 - 3 minutes)
- Combine the pork and the leftover liquid along with the garlic and onion in your crockpot.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Pull the pork apart with a fork then let it sit in the broth for an additional 15 minutes to soak up the juice.
- Serve with your favorite sides. (See some of my favorite options above in this post). Enjoy!
- You can double or half this recipe. Absolutely! Just use the same ratio for all the ingredients.
- Check out "what kind of meat to choose" to pick the right cut that you prefer for this recipe.
- You can substitute bone broth with water or any other broth.
Serving Size:0.25 lb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 3.8gSugar: 1.5gProtein: 30g
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