Barbecued Pulled Pork is a classic sandwich. Find out how to make pulled pork a little healthier with this sugar-free homemade barbecue sauce recipe! Fits Paleo and Whole30 diet plans.
Barbecued Pulled Pork
In trying to eat a healthier, more natural diet for our mealtimes, one of the main things I missed was barbecue sauce. I love grilled barbecued chicken, barbecued pulled pork…and hamburgers with barbecue flavor? The best.
After I got over griping and complaining that I couldn’t buy a bottled barbecue sauce and pour it over all of my meat, I decided to go looking for a sugar-free homemade barbecue sauce that fit with our Whole30 eating plan.
I’ll have to admit that when I first started making this Sugar Free Homemade Barbecued Pulled Pork, I was a little leery and really had not much hope for it. You throw a bunch of ingredients in the blender and end up with a liquid that doesn’t look like barbecue sauce and doesn’t taste like it, either. But don’t let those facts discourage you. The sauce just needs time to develop it’s flavor during cooking.
What happens with this barbecued pulled pork sauce when it cooks in the slow cooker all day with pork is just amazing. You end up with very tender pork that is simmered in a barbecued flavor sauce that is actually good for you. This meat (minus the bun!) fits Paleo, diabetic, and gluten-free eating diets. And it is a great homemade substitute for barbecue sauce!
You’ll love that this barbecue sauce is sweetened with pineapple. It’s genius, really, since one of the things that makes barbecue sauce so good is its sweet and tangy flavor.
Don’t be afraid to try this barbecue sauce on other things, too. Serve it over a baked potato or spaghetti squash. Wrap it in a tortilla or stuff it in pita bread. One important thing though…this sauce needs to cook down for awhile. If you are putting it in the slow cooker with chicken, beef, or pork? Great! Let it cook all day. Want to marinate chicken in the sauce and grill out? After blending the sauce, put it in a saucepan and let it simmer on the stove (uncovered) over medium low heat for about 30-45 minutes. This will allow the flavors to blend and the sauce to cook down a bit. Then marinate your meat in the sauce as normal.
Enjoy this healthier take on a classic sandwich!
Barbecued Pulled Pork
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 onion diced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 20 ounces pineapple chunks, with juice
- 4 pound pork roast
In a blender, combine all ingredients for barbecue sauce and blend it until smooth.
Place the pork roast in a slow cooker and pour the desired amount of barbecue sauce over it. (I used about 3/4 of the sauce for a 4 pound roast.The sauce will cook down some while it is simmering all day).
Cook on low for 8 hours, or until the pork shreds easily with a fork.
Using two forks, shred the pork, stir the pulled pork so the sauce mixes all together with the meat.
Allow the pork to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Serve over spaghetti squash, on buns, in a tortilla or over a baked potato!
Adapted from The Lucky Penny Blog