Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Paleo Pulled Pork

My darling boyfriend has been the catalyst for my addiction with pulled pork. His obsession with Northern American food has been very influential on my cooking style over the past months and my pantry has been ever changing to provide room for ingredients he has purchased for me from the US. While I adore the Southern flavors, and Tex-mex spices, my concern is in regards to the less then healthy nutritional values that are constantly placed before me.

So instead of simply following traditional recipes, I took it as my duty to adapt my boyfriends beloved recipes,  allowing him to enjoy the foods he desires but in a fashion that suits my dietary ethos.

Pulled Pork is often made with loads of BBQ sauce (a.k.a tangy sugar), tomato sauce (a.k.a tomato sugar) and brown sugar. Seriously the amount of sugar in this supposed 'savory meal' is often frightening! I don't need to add sugar loaded ingredients to my food for it to taste good. So after playing around with spices and flavors, I was able to create this scrumptious paleo pulled pork with so much tang and bite that you don't miss the sugar one little bit!



Paleo Pulled Pork
Serves 8+

Ingredients

For the Pork
1 pork shoulder or leg (with bone removed), around 2.2 kg (5lbs)
3 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dry mustard powder
1 tbsp sea salt
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

For the Sauce
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tubs tomato paste (280g/ 10oz)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp allspice
2 tbsp granulated Stevia or any other natural sweetener

Instructions

1. Trim excess fat off the pork shoulder or leg (I used leg) and place it in a slow cooker. Add the spices and apple cider vinegar, rubbing the mixture all over the pork until evenly covered. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours. After 6 hours, turn the setting down to low and cook for another 2-3 hours.

2. While the pork is cooking you can make the sauce. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and stir over low heat for 10 minutes, or until thick and flavorful.

3. Once the pork has been cooking for approx 8-9 hours, remove the lid and shred the pork using two forks. It should be so tender that this is very easy to do. Add the sauce and stir to combine. Replace the lid and cook the pork with the sauce for another 30min-1 hour or until ready to eat. Serve with a simple side salad, with bread or place it into cute little jars for a perfect picnic treat!

29 comments:

  1. Delicious! And I never even knew I was eating like a caveman :)

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  2. Bet this is wonderful to serve with some homemade bread.
    Didn't know paleo diet use sweetener at all.

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    1. Yeah my boyfriend ate his with homemade bread and loved it. Most paleos are happy to eat natural sweeteners. Most of paleo desserts are based on dates, honey and maple syrup :)

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  3. The Pork is nice cause it is soft like hell. I like it. Thanks. Fantastic post. Clickfoodsnearme

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  4. I could eat pulled pork for days =) I like how you put them in individual jars!

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    1. Thanx :) I thought it would help make it prettier to photograph. Pulled Pork is not that pretty on its own :)

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  5. I love pulled pork and I love even more the fact that you were able to take all of that sugar out of there! Good work!

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    1. Thank you :) You really don't need all that sugar at all!

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  6. My Honey goes crazy over pulled pork too! Looks yummy!

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    1. It is most certainly a man's food! What's not to love about rich tangy meat? ;)

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  7. This looks like such a great recipe! I love that you adapted it to have less sugar....because yes, the amount of sugar in a lot of BBQ sauces is out of control!

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    1. It's actually crazy. You read the nutritional information of BBQ and its pretty much pure sugar!

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  8. Ooooh, yum, pulled pork sounds amazing! Now you totally have me craving it!

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    1. Make it! And you can freeze the leftovers so whenever you have that craving again it's conveniently on hand :)

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  9. Pulled pork is SO amazing!

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  10. Is the tomato 10 oz total or 2 cans of 10 oz each???

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  11. is the allspice ground or whole? thanks! the meat is in the crockpot now, looking forward to a yummy dinner!

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  12. Testing your pulled pork on the guys at the firehouse. I haven't made pulled pork (or had BBQ sauce) since I started eating paleo about 4 weeks ago.

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    1. Oh let me know how it went!! :)

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    2. Great recipe Brooke. The guys at work really liked it. I ended up with a 7 lb pork shoulder (smallest I could find), fed 5 hungry firefighters at work and my wife and I ate the leftovers for 4 days. It was great. Had quite a kick to it, too.

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  13. Do I leave the cooking liquid in the crockpot and just add the sauce?

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    1. Yes, there is not too much cooking liquid :)

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  14. Made this today and it was GREAT. Thanks for the recipe.

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  15. My darling boyfriend has been the catalyst for my addiction with pulled pork. Paleo Diet

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