SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK RECIPE | healthy, head-start ingredient


This easy, 4-ingredient slow cooker pulled pork recipe is simple to make and family-friendly.  I love making this Kalua-style pulled pork as a head-start ingredient to help make healthy meals during a busy week.  There are so many ways to enjoy this pork recipe through out the week.

The only ingredients you need to make this pulled pork are pork butt, coarse salt, garlic, and liquid smoke (or smoked paprika).

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy slow cooker pulled pork is on top of a roasted sweet potato, wrapped in lettuce cups or used as the base in a burrito bowl. And that’s just the beginning. This easy pork recipe is so versatile. I can’t wait to hear how you use yours.


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3-4 pounds boneless pork butt
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tbsp coarse sea salt, (I used Hawaiian red sea salt)*

Place pork on a plastic cutting board and use a sharp knife to trim and visible excess fat off of the roast. I try to cut off as much as possible.

Using a small pairing knife, make 5-6 small slits around the outside of the pork and tuck once piece of garlic in each slit.

Season the outside of the meat with sea salt. Be sure to season the top, bottom, and both sides.

Place the pork butt into your slow cooker and pour the liquid smoke over the top and set heat to low and cook for 12-16 hours. I like to set this up before bed so the pork is cooking overnight.

When the pork is done, there will be a lot of liquid in the pot. You can save a little to drizzle over the top, but be sure to discard the rest otherwise the meat will be too salty.

Remove pork from slow cooker and shred apart. Be careful not to place back into the juice from the slow cooker, because it may make your pork too salty.

Place pork back into the slow cooker (or in serving dish) and enjoy!

I learned from NomNom Paleo that some of the newer slow cookers may cook faster, finishing the meat in 9-12 hours. I cooked mine for the entire 16 hours using this slow cooker.

Serving: 3ounces | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 435mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg


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  1. My family makes pua’a kālua (kalua pork) regularly, in the traditional style (in an underground oven called an ‘imu), wrapped in banana leaves and baked in the oven low and slow, or exactly the way you do it here: in the crock pot. May I suggest two traditional Hawaiian side dishes that go great with pua’a kālua? Lomi salmon and chicken long rice. Search for recipe videos for both of those and enjoy your trip to Hawaii without leaving your dinner plate! 🌈🌺☺️

  2. You know I looked at your channel and I was looking through some stuff and I didn't see some things and then I come across this stupid pork thing Leviticus 11 clean and unclean foods pork is not something that's clean you ever see what pigs eat you're not going to eat it there's a reason why God told us it's not clean for us to eat same thing with crustaceans same thing with scavengers that's why we are told what is clean and what is not clean for us to eat everything is not meant for us to eat they're part of the ecosystem that was created yes created 🙏 now hopefully you'll clean up your act you obviously have talent now you just need to get a little bit more education so you don't look so ignorant and feed people swine.

  3. I made this an the other day. Fantastic. I made reg creamy cole slaw. Hubby and I loved it.used bbq sauce on pork. Butter lettuce great. Nice light meal.
    Having sweet potholes with it tomorrow. Freezing the left overs for another day. Ty delicious.