Slow Cooker Pulled Pork takes only 10 minutes to put together. After that, you’re free to do something else while your slow cooker transforms it into a nearly effortless melt-in-your-mouth dish your family will love.
Everyone loves tender, tangy pulled pork, but if you’re watching your carbs or avoiding gluten, it can be hard to enjoy.
This recipe has so much going for it – low carb and gluten-free, it takes just 10 minutes to put together and then cooks without supervision in your slow cooker.
Combine the spices and cocoa and rub them on all sides of the pork shoulder. Place it in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker on High for 4 hours or Low for 6 hours.
When the meat is completely tender, use two forks to pull the pork apart while it is still in the slow cooker crock. Allow the pulled pork to remain in the juices with the slow cooker set to “warm” for 20-30 minutes to absorb more flavor.
If you’re avoiding carbs or gluten, serve the meat on lettuce cups with some coleslaw. Otherwise, enjoy it in the traditional way on soft buns.
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2 pounds pork shoulder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chicken broth
8 iceberg or butter lettuce leaves
Combine all spices and the cocoa in a small bowl and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Rub the spice mix all over the pork shoulder and transfer to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock. Add the chicken broth to the crock and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6.
Once the cooking time is complete, use two forks to pull the pork apart while it is still in the slow cooker crock. Allow the pulled pork to remain in the juices with the slow cooker set to “warm” for 20-30 minutes to absorb more flavor.
To serve, fill each lettuce leaf with crunchy coleslaw and top with pulled pork. Enjoy!