Delicious tender caramelized BBQ Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich – a perfect family meal!!
TENDER FALL-APART SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK
I love a Pulled Pork sandwich, but it can be time-consuming to cook, so I decided to create a slow cooker pulled pork version. That way, I can leave the pork to cook while I get on with other things.
Using the slow cooker has other benefits too, as it makes the meat so tender and juicy and it literally falls apart when you go to shred it with two forks, kinda how pulled pork gets the name of course – the pulling apart of the meat to shred it.
Obviously, the sauce in a Pulled Pork sandwich is super important, get that wrong and it’s just not going to hit the spot. So my sauce is just the right combination of smoky and sweet.
I know it is tempting to use a sweetener or similar to try and keep a recipe syn free, but trust me when I say you just won’t get the same result. For the sake of a few syns for the maple syrup in my sauce recipe, it is totally worth it, and when you divide up into portions, it’s hardly any syns at all.
To go alongside the delicious pulled pork, I also sauté up some peppers and onion, it goes perfectly as a topping on these Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Once the pulled pork is out of the slow cooker shredded and mixed with the sauce, I also like to put it under the grill for a few minutes, it just gives the meat a lovely caramelization on top. This is optional, but seriously it takes it to a whole over level.
BARBECUE SAUCES AND PULLED PORK
Being originally from the UK, Pulled Pork wasn’t really on my radar, it’s not a well-known dish, or certainly wasn’t when we lived there.
The first time we tried it was when we took a trip down south to Kentucky. I was so surprised how good it tasted as it’s not a recipe that looks particularly visually appealing when served to you.
Many smokehouses, will serve the pulled pork plain with no barbecue sauce mixed in, that might seem odd, but it can actually be the best way really, as you can then really appreciate the seasoning they use, which can vary greatly depending on what part of the USA you are in. They also can use different ways of smoking the meat, that gives it that amazing flavour.
Then on the table where they serve your food, comes a whole variety of different barbecue sauces to choose from, that way you can enjoy the pulled pork with the type of barbecue sauce you prefer – some of the main varieties I have seen are sweet and smokey (my fav and the style I use in this recipe), then there is original, mustard style – generally called Carolina, spicy and then the really really spicy one, which is usually kept off the table and only available on request, you seriously don’t want to add that to your plate by mistake.
DELICIOUS SMOKEY BBQ PULLED PORK
All just examples based on the smokehouse I have been to, there can be many many more varieties of barbecue sauce and just like with the seasoning and smoking of the meat, the type of popular BBQ sauce can depend on which state you are in.
That is usually if you order just pulled pork, if you go for a Pulled Pork sandwich or similar, then it will usually come with a barbecue sauce mixed into the meat. The type is usually given on the menu. Most Pulled Pork sandwiches I have tried have always been with a sweet and smokey sauce – yum!!
I’m sure a lot of people who have never tried Pulled Pork before would take a look at and think “that’s not for me”, but it’s something that has to be tried. I’ve never come across someone who did try it and say they didn’t like it. It’s a pretty unique recipe that’s for sure, but one which is oh so good. So many different ways to serve it too.
Love this slow cooker pulled pork? Check out some of these other Pulled Pork recipes:
- Low Syn Pulled Pork Pizza
- Pulled Pork Pasta Bake
- Stove Top Low Syn Pulled Pork
- Pulled Pork with Blueberry BBQ sauce
- Loaded Pulled Pork Fries
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I serve this slow cooker pulled pork in a whole wheat bun, 60g/2oz one qualifies as a Healthy Extra B choice topped with the delicious sautéed peppers and onion, then some Syn Free Fries and homemade coleslaw, but if you don’t have a HEb spare, this is equally delicious just with the fries and some salad or maybe even some corn on the cob.
Kitchen Items used for this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:
- Slow Cooker
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Mixing Bowl
- Santoku Knife
- Chopping Board
- Baking Tray
For the spice rub:
For the barbecue sauce:
For the pulled pork:
*suitable for freezing
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Serving Size 1 sandwich
Amount Per ServingCalories 456 Total Fat 8.8g Saturated Fat 2.5g Cholesterol 130mg Sodium 1087mg Carbohydrates 44.8g Fiber 5.2g Sugar 14.5g Protein 45.7g
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
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