Recipe: Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

Pulled PorkI recently made Lisa Leake’s (100 Days of Real Food) Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot.  It’s listed among her Most Popular Posts and it’s evident why it has gotten so much love.  It’s amazing.  AMAZING.  And simple, quick in a pinch.

Have you taken the time to look at the list of ingredients on a bottle of barbecue sauce?  You will be pained to find one without High Fructose Corn Syrup. And if there’s not HFC, there is added sugar, along with other questionable ingredients starting or ending with “X.”  Who wants spoonfuls of sugar as dinner (besides your kids and their dentist)? Read labels and remember that sugar comes in many forms.  A good rule of thumb is to look for the words “sugar,” “syrup,” or anything that ends in “-ose,” and try to stay away from it.

This recipe uses REAL ingredients that I almost always have on-hand.  And it is mouth-watering delicious.  I make it at least twice a month.  And for special events.  I made it on Super Bowl Sunday.  And I’m making it for Nibbles, Cocks, and Drinks – a badminton party I’m co-hosting for my son’s school auction.  Badminton.  Shuttlecocks.  Get it?

Live Dirty.  And play hard.

Wait, there’s more…

Not only is it fabulous the day you make it in the crock pot [insert heavenly music], but the left-overs are even better.

Here are some ways we’ve used our left-overs:

  • Pulled Pork Quesadillas
  • Pulled Pork Tacos
  • Pulled Pork Enchiladas
  • Pulled Pork Nachos
  • Grilled Cheese with Pulled Pork

(Do I sound like Forest Gump?)

  • Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Pad Thai with Pulled Pork (use whole wheat fettuccine or brown rice pad thai)
  • Pulled Pork over Brown Rick

Usually, I serve it simply with slaw and a side vegetable.

Notes:  Whole Foods’ Cabbage Crunch (pictured above) and New Seasons Market’s Kale & Carrot Salad are the most fabulous toppings without artificial ingredients.  Throw your meat in the crock pot and buy your slaw ready-made.  This is a super-easy, no-fuss meal.   If you’re feeling ambitious, here is the Kale and Carrot Salad recipe.  It’s absolutely fabulous on its own in case you’re not down with swine.

Recipe: Kale and Carrot Salad
This recipe is from New Seasons Market, a chain of privately owned grocery stores operating in the Portland Metro area of Oregon and Washington.
  • 1 Lg Bunch Curly Kale
  • ¾ Cup Grated Carrots
  • ⅓ Cup Roasted, Salted Sunflower Seeds
  • Dressing
  • ¼ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 1½ Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • ¼ Tsp Cayenne
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cumin
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash kale, remove stems and slice finely. Add carrots and sunflower seeds to kale. Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over kale. Toss well and season to taste with salt.


Happy, Clean Eating!

8 thoughts on “Recipe: Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

  1. Hi Leigh!

    I am making this for dinner tonight!!! I decided to use chicken instead. Just wondering why you recommend I substitute water for red wine vinegar?

    Also, I made the slaw!!! It tastes delicious.I used a pre-made broccoli slaw to save time.

    Thanks for the recipe ideas. Slow cooker recipes re the best!


    • Please let me know how it turns out! I’m sure you could use the red wine vinegar. I never pair chicken and red wine. That was my logic. It all goes back to drinking. Having said that, pork shoulder has quite a bit more fat than chicken breast. I recommended adding the water so it didn’t get dry. The slaw sounds fabulous. Happy Cooking!

  2. So, I made the pulled pork and the slaw yesterday and it was insanely delicious! We had pork tacos, and my husband could not get enough and already asked me to make it next weekend. I used two limes instead of the red wine vinegar, because my husband can’t stand vinegar, and it came out delish. Seriously loved every bite and am having it for lunch today too. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! The lime sounds like a great substitution, especially when making it for pork tacos. Good food that can be made in the crock pot makes me so happy.

  3. Leigh, your are right. It was delish. I served it with slaw the first night, but my fave way to eat it was on a piece of toast, with an egg–over easy, and sliced avocado. I could seriously eat that concoction every day. And, I will be adding the pulled pork to my recipe rotation. Unfortunately, Xander would not eat it, but he’s refusing almost all meat and veggies these days–so I’ll keep trying!

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