It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so it makes perfect sense to post a recipe for pulled pork, right? RIGHT?? I actually made this recipe several days ago, and have been eating from it over the last few days. Saturday, I took the last few bites of this delicious shredded meat, cold, straight out of the fridge. It’s that good.
I’d love to say that I got this little piggy from a local farmer and it is pasture-raised and all that goodness. However, I cannot say that this time. This pork is part of a bulk package from the Costco, and you know what? That IS okay. I have to remind myself often that I’m not doing it “wrong” if I occasionally eat meat from a super market. I try to do the absolute best I can for my family, and sometimes that means buying what is affordable at the moment, then making it taste amazing.
Simple Slow Cooked Piggy (adapted from Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Kalua Pig)
serves many people, for days
4 strips bacon
6 – 8 pounds pork sirloin tip roast
1/2 tablespoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
6-8 cloves of garlic, peeled
Layer bacon on bottom of a slowcooker. (Mine is 6-quart, but you can use whatever size you have and adjust the recipe to fit if necessary.) Rub pork roast with salt and paprika and place atop bacon. Sprinkle on the black pepper and drop the whole garlic cloves into the pot, wherever they may fall – but try to spread them out a little bit.
Cover and cook on low for 16-18 hours, and there is no need to add liquid.
Remove pork from cooker and place into a large bowl. Shred with a fork, or two, or three if you’re talented. Taste and adjust the seasonings by adding the cooking liquid, a small spoonful at a time. It is best not to shred the pork directly in the cooking liquid because it is awfully difficult to control the amount of salt when you do it that way.
I love making pulled pork because it lasts for days and gives me such a great base for all sorts of yummy meals. It is also freezable!
Quick Meal Ideas
Pulled Pork Tacos: I simply topped some lettuce with pork, a simple carrot slaw made with paleo mayo (or your favorite paleo slaw), pineapple, red onion, avocado, and cilantro. A flavor explosion in the best way.
Pork and Apples On-the-Go: Add a serving of the pork and a small granny smith apple, chopped, to a microwavable safe dish. Microwave thirty seconds, just to warm it up. Stir and add two tablespoons of your favorite paleo mayo. Sprinkle with cilantro. Consume and be joyful. (Warning: this may become addicting)
Use as a protein in your favorite soup recipe, like my Pork, Sweet Potato, & Cabbage Stew with Avocado Pesto Cream :)
Serve it up for breakfast, or anytime, with a pastured egg on top.
What is your favorite way to eat pulled pork?