Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce

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Slow cooker aka crockpot is one of the must-have kitchen tools. There are plenty on the market. I like this one in my recommended kitchen tools,

Here are just some of the great benefits of using a slow cooker:

  • Money-saving. Most slow cookers are inexpensive. Additionally, you can use less expensive meat cuts that require longer cooking time such as beef brisket, pork or lamb shoulder.
  • Time-efficient. You'll spend less time in the kitchen. Simply throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and set the timer.
  • Healthy, especially if you're using the lowest setting. Low cooking temperature will help retain more vitamins and minerals.
  • Energy-efficient. It uses less energy and in most cases, you won't need to use additional water.
  • Easy & delicious. Apart from meat, you can slow cook vegetables too. Simply add the vegetables to the meat in the last 2-3 hours of the cooking process. If using cream, add it during the last 30 minutes.
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Nutritional values (per serving)

3.8 grams 1.4 grams 35 grams 36.6 grams 12.9 grams 497 calories
Total Carbs5.2grams
Fiber1.4grams
Net Carbs3.8grams
Protein35grams
Fat36.6grams
of which Saturated12.9grams
Energy497kcal
Magnesium47mg (12%)
Potassium760mg (38%)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (3.1%), protein (28.9%), fat (68%).

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

Spices for rubbing:

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Instructions

  1. Preheat your slow cooker and set to high. Mix all the spices in a bowl. Score the skin of the pork by making cuts about an inch apart from one or both directions (and creating square cuts).
    I prefer using a utility knife to score the skin. It's sharp, you can easily adjust the blades to the required depth and the blades can be replaced. Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce
  2. Rub the spices into the pork. Peel and roughly slice the onion. Place in the preheated slow cooker and add bay leaves. Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce
  3. Place the pork on top of the onion and cover with a lid. You won't need to use any water - there is plenty in the pork. Cook on "high" for 5-6 hours, or on "low" 8-10 hours (exact time depends on the slow cooker). Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce
  4. When done, open the lid and let the hot steam out. To make the pork crispy, preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F. Using tongs or two forks, place the cooked pork on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the pork with the BBQ sauce and place in the oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes.
    Alternatively, instead of using the oven, place back in the slow cooker and cook covered for about an hour. Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Pour the liquid with the cooked onions and bay leaves into a blender. Pulse until smooth and set aside (I use a Kenwood blender). Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce
  6. When the pork is cooked and crispy, remove from the oven and place in a bowl. Using two forks, shred the meat into smaller pieces. Pour in the sauce from the blender and combine well. Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce Serve immediately with roasted vegetables or with Keto Buns and Easy Russian Slaw. Otherwise, let it cool down and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it in batches for up to 3 months. Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce

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This is a great recipe. I made it a week ago and everyone gobbled it up. I just have one question. How many grams is one serving? Thanks!

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Thank you Levi! I don't know how many grams per serving - I'm afraid you'd have to weigh the whole cooked recipe and then divide by 8. There's evaporation, plus you may not use all the juices to make the sauce (some meat cuts have thicker fat layer and the juices end up too fatty).

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I love this recipe, especially two methods that I have never used before even after making many pulled pork recipes. Crisping up the pork after the crockpot and blending the juices into a sauce make all the difference and I'll never make pulled pork any other way now. Sometimes I add a few strips of bacon to the bottom of the crockpot with the onion and it incorporates nicely into the broth. I do skip the bbq sauce added before oven and it's still fabulous. The blended juice sauce keeps the pork so moist in the fridge. Upon using the leftovers I sometimes add bbq, green salsa, sour cream or any number of flavor profiles to a portion to add variety. Your website is a wealth of information and I really appreciate that you use verified sources for your nutrition info. I have your app and some cookbooks and am a big fan!

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Thank you for your kind words Kim, I really appreciate your support!

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This looks amazing but I don't eat pork & not much of a lamb fan - what cut of beef can I use instead?

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Hi Rebekah, you can use beef braising steaks or brisket instead Smile

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what kind of BBQ sauce do you use?

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Hi Sandy, there is a link to another recipe in the list of ingredients - see "Spicy Chocolate BBQ Sauce".

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Is the sauce that you mix in with the pork just the blended bay leaf and onion mix, or do you combine that with the 1/3 cup of Spicy Chocolate sauce and then mix it with the pork?

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Hi Alex, the sauce is made with the meat drippings, onion and bay leaf which I blended. Then I pour it over the shredded pork which has the BBQ sauce on it.

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Love pulled pork, and this looks incredible! Pinned.

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Thank you Kristi! Smile

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Pulled pork is amazing and I'm going to try this one with bbq sauce! Thanks for sharing Smile)

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Thank you Mel, hope you like it Smile

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This looks like the bomb!! Will definitely try that very very soon Smile

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Thanks you! Hope you like it Smile

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