This Paleo crock pot pulled pork starts with juicy pulled pork slow cooked with little effort, covered in a simple, homemade BBQ sauce then stuffed inside a sweet potato that is fluffy in the middle and crispy on the outside. I love how easy it is to get this rich and oaky flavor with a hint of smoke!
I don’t think I know anyone from my family and circle of friends who doesn’t like pulled pork. What about you? It's always a big hit at family parties and is easy to make for large gatherings or perfect to make at home for Sunday dinner and have leftovers for a few nights.
However, the traditional way of eating pulled pork in my family is on hamburger buns or white rolls and that's just not going to work for Paleo. Sure, I could make some Paleo hamburger buns but those are a little too Paleo for my Dad and too much work for a big group of people.
So for a while, I would just serve my family white hamburger buns and I would eat this delicious pulled pork by itself in a pile on the plate, but I don't do well when I don't have any carbs at all in a meal. Plus, I wanted something actually healthy to go with my pulled pork. And something that's not too foreign for my Dad or he would give me a bad time.
So that's when I had the idea to put the Paleo pulled pork inside baked sweet potatoes. I love the sweet BBQ sauce with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and I think the texture of the two go really well together!
With pulled pork being such juicy meat with an incredible flavor on its own, by adding this sauce to it, it adds a rich and oaky taste with a hint of smoke to your palate. Just the smell made me drool while I was shredding the pork.
While I prefer pulled pork on sweet potatoes, you are perfectly welcome to put it on your favorite buns instead. This is a good recipe to start with as a base for pulled pork and then do what you like with it.
If you haven't tried the pulled pork and sweet potatoes together, you definitely should. I would love to know if you try this recipe and what you think of it. Please comment below and let me know how things turned out for you.
This pulled pork starts with juicy pulled pork slow cooked with little effort, covered in a simple, homemade BBQ sauce then stuffed inside a sweet potato that is fluffy in the middle and crispy on the outside.
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 cup organic chicken stock or broth
- 5 pounds / 2.3 kilos boneless or bone-in pork shoulder
- Real Salt and pepper to taste
Paleo BBQ Sauce
- 15 oz Can Tomato Sauce
- ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tsp Ground Mustard
- ⅓ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Real Salt
- ¾ tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
8 sweet potatoes
- Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in the stock.
- Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub some salt and pepper all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic.
- Cover and cook following the slow cooker instructions, until the pork is fork-tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 10 to 12 hours on low.
- About 1 ½ hours before the pork is finished, preheat the oven to 190C/375F to bake the sweet potatoes.
- Lift the pork onto a large plate or tray.
- Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium heatproof bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker. Set the strained liquid aside.
- Remove any string from the pork and peel off any skin. Using 2 forks, break up the meat into chunky pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Return it to the crockpot.
- Put all the Paleo BBQ Sauce ingredients in the crock pot with the roast. Mix to combine. Put the lid back on and continue cooking the roast until it's completely fork tender.
- Wash and prick the sweet potatoes skins several times with a fork so they don’t explode in the oven.
- Drizzle them with a little olive oil. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt.
- Cook in the hot oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes, depending on how large your potatoes are.
- When sweet potatoes are baked, shred the pork a bit more with a fork if necessary and carefully split the sweet potatoes open and stuff them with the pulled pork mixture.
Keep in mind that you will need to do some work 1.5 hours before the end of the cooking time.
Keywords: Juicy, Slow Cooked, Simple
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