Lightly Sweet Pulled Pork (paleo, GF)

lightly-sweet-pulled-pork-paleoPulled pork has been a life-saver during the Paleo diet. As I’ve mentioned before, it has been quite the challenge incorporating so much meat into my new Paleo life. But I’ve slowly adjusted and found that I really like it— as long as I have a wide variety of options.

Which is where this pulled pork slow cooker recipe comes in handy. The pineapple and apples give it a gentle sweetness, while the cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and paprika enhances the flavors. Delicious!

Whats great about this recipe is that its simple enough to incorporate into many different meals…  on top of salads for lunch, with some eggs for breakfast, or paired with sweet potatoes and veggies for dinner. I even enjoyed it as a snack all on its own… who would have ever thought that I’d eat meat on its own as a snack?! (those of you who know me know how strange this is for me)lightly-sweet-pulled-pork-paleo-2Speaking of snacks, I loved topping this pulled pork with the Raspberry BBQ sauce from the Civilized Caveman’s site. Yummm! A bowl of this pulled pork and that sauce is all you need :)

One more thing- cooked pineapple… its nature’s candy! I think next time I make this, I’m going to add more pineapple because I couldn’t stop picking it out of the pork and eating it. What do you like to add to your pulled pork?

Lightly Sweet Pulled Pork (paleo)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • a 3 pound pork tenderloin
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 apples
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt ( can add more later if you think it needs it)
  • pepper to taste
  1. Chop the onion in a food processor.
  2. Put the chopped onion at the bottom of the slow cooker (I like the Crockpot brand)
  3. Mix the cinnamon, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl and rub the mixture onto the pork tenderloin.
  4. Put the pork tenderloin on top of the onions in slow cooker... pour any of the remaining rub onto it.
  5. Grind the 2 apples in the food processor and put the ground up apples on top of the pork in the slow cooker.
  6. Pour ¼ cup maple syrup into the slow cooker.
  7. Top everything with 2 cups of chopped pineapple.
  8. Set the slow cooker on high heat and cook for 5 hours and then change the heat setting to low and let it cook for another 2 hours.
  9. Shred the pork with a fork.

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