Healthy Crockpot Pulled Pork is a perfect easy, filling weeknight dinner. It’s low in fat, packed with protein, and paleo / Whole30 approved!
Warning: You’re going to want to eat this for dinner almost EVERY week once you try it! Partially because it’s one of the easiest recipes ever, but also because it’s super delicious! A few months ago I was in a total dinner/cooking rut. I was so bored with everything that I was finding on Pinterest, totally sick of all my favorite recipes that I had found and saved over the years… and just plain didn’t want to cook. (Yes, even food bloggers don’t like to cook sometimes.. uhm hello, who doesn’t want to park their butt on the couch and watch Netflix all day?)
After one of our monthly Costco trips – I was prepping our meat/veggies for the week and I decided that if I ate another marinated/baked pork tenderloin I was going to lose it. So instead of making my usual olive oil/balsamic marinade, I decided to clean the pork + let it marinate in my version of a BBQ marinade. I’d put it in the crockpot, and then I’d be done cooking for the day. PERFECT.
I had no intentions of it being this good guys…I was honestly just being lazy, but it turned out AMAZING! Lately this has hands down been my favorite thing to make for dinner. Mostly because it requires so little work, which is perfect because I’ve been SO busy. As you probably know, I’ve been training to become a Les Mills BodyPump Instructor. It’s been a lot of work, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! I just have to film my video + submit it and I will officially have my certificate in hand (pending all goes well :)) I’ve been spending most of my free mornings/night practicing my choreography, so by the time I’m done doing that, working my job full time, and doing the 4,000 other things I’m doing.. I just don’t want to be bothered with cooking a fancy schmancy meal.
You all feel me on that right? We’re all doing a gazillion things.. and while I truly love cooking, there are some nights when I just need a break. This takes about 5 minutes to pull together (a little longer if you roast up potatoes + green beans like I did), but otherwise it’s super simple. It’s also paleo, whole30 friendly, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, yada yada yada.. you get the picture. Most importantly it’s DELICIOUS. Cause that’s what really matters, right?
- 2 medium pork tenderloins (approximately 2.5 lbs of meat)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1.5 cups chicken stock
- Clean off 'silver skin' from pork tenderloin. (This is optional, but recommended to keep it lean)
- Marinate pork in olive oil + spices overnight if possible, otherwise place tenderloins in crockpot and cover with oil/spice marinade.
- Make sure all areas of the pork have some marinade on them.
- Pour chicken stock on top of marinated tenderloins.
- Cook on low for 6 hours in the crockpot.
- When finished cooking, use tongs or a fork to pull apart (it will fall apart!).
- Toss with your favorite barbecue sauce + enjoy!
Things we used for this recipe: crockpot, extra virgin olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, chicken stock, pork tenderloin, Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce
I really love topping this with Tessemae’s Barbecue Sauce. It’s paleo/Whole30 friendly, but it also tastes amazing! I hate when BBQ spices are too sweet, or too smoky. This one is the perfect balance! I order it with all of my other favorite things at Lucky Vitamin because my local grocery stores don’t carry it (P.S. If you want to try out Lucky Vitamin use this link to save $10 off your first order!)
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