Pulled Pork with Blueberry BBQ sauce - Tender slow cooked pulled pork with a delicious tangy smoky blueberry BBQ sauce
Pulled Pork with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
Pulled Pork is a favourite in my house and having children I try to avoid the use of sweeteners and processed foods.
I have seen lots of great ideas using fruit for it’s natural sweetness in sauces. I have actually done similar before using vegetables butternut squash or sweet potato and it works really well. For this barbecue sauce I thought using a fruit for some natural sweetness would be perfect, something like cherries or pomegranate, but figured it would be too time consuming removing pits/seeds and hey, we all want to reduce our time in the kitchen, right? So I decided on the punnet of blueberries sitting in my fridge and OMG was the sauce good. It complimented the pulled pork perfectly.
Best Pork for Pulled Pork
I find the best pork is either tenderloin as it's really lean so great when you are watching the calories are healthy eating or pork shoulder, but you will want to trim any visible fat otherwise it can be pretty greasy and really raise the calories in this dish.
Pork shoulder is definitely my preferred choice, I just find it stays much more tender for this style of cooking.
Can I make the blueberry barbecue sauce in advance?
Sure!! I often make it the day before, that way it is all ready for the pulled pork once cooked, saves some time,
Just put it in a air tight container and keep in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Mustard as a coating for Pulled Pork
Trust me, don't skip this part, even if you hate mustard, you honestly won't taste it and it helps all the yummy seasoning stick to the pork forming a kind of crust of flavour. Delicious!!!
Perfect Sides for Pulled Pork with Blueberry BBQ Sauce
My family like to enjoy this as a pulled pork bowl, that way they can choose their toppings/sides.
I usually either cook up one of these as the main side:
- Lime Cilantro Rice
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Garlic and Herb Wedges
- and then offer lots of different choices from the following:
- Sweet corn
- Roasted Peppers and Onion
- Black beans
- Chopped Tomatoes or Salsa
- and the of course the yummy Blueberry BBQ Sauce
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For the pulled pork:
- 1kg (2.25lb) of pork tenderloin or pork shoulder (all visible fat removed)
- 1 tablespoon of yellow American mustard
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon of Mexican chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- ⅓ cup (80ml) of chicken stock
- Blueberry Sauce - click for recipe
- Brush the mustard all over the pork
- Place all the seasoning and sugar for the pulled pork into a bowl and mix well. Rub into the pork shoulder
- Add pork to a slow cooker and pour in 80ml (⅓ cup) of chicken stock
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours (pork should fall apart easily)
- Once cooked, allow to cool slightly in the pan and then you can shred with two forks.
- You can serve pork as it is out of the slow cooker or Optional Step - Place on a baking tray and place under the grill for 5 mins until top is slightly caramelized, toss with some tongs and place back under the grill to repeat again
- Heat up the blueberry sauce in a small saucepan (can be served cold though too as a dipping sauce), and serve with sauce and your choice of sides.
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - 0.5 syns per serving of pulled pork
- WW Green Smart Points - 5 per serving
- WW Blue Smart Points - 5 per serving
- WW Purple Smart Points - 5 per serving
- Gluten Free - use gluten free stock
Add 2 syns for 1 serving of blueberry BBQ Sauce or 1 WW Smart Point
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 28Total Fat 6.2gSaturated Fat 2.1gCholesterol 100mgSodium 508mgCarbohydrates 2.2gFiber 0.7gSugar 1.6gProtein 34.9g