Slow cooker pulled pork

Heart Smart

When buying pork, choose lean chops, tenderloins and roasts - leaving more processed options such as bacon and sausage on the shelf. You’ll get the benefits of protein without the high dose of fat and sodium.


1 pound onions, thinly sliced
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 pounds pork shoulder
8 whole-grain hamburger buns


  1. Place sliced onions, minced garlic and broth in a slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, ground mustard, thyme, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until well-blended. Rub spice mixture into the pork shoulder. Place pork in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  3. Remove pork from slow cooker and separate meat from bone. Allow meat to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Then pull pork apart with two forks, removing any visible fat.
  4. Drain onions and garlic over a medium size bowl to reserve the juice. Set aside.
  5. Place pulled pork, onions and garlic back into the slow cooker on low to keep warm. Add some of the reserved juice to add moisture, if desired.
  6. Serve warm on whole-grain buns.

Makes 8 servings

Recipe contains: wheat, may contain milk

Carb choices per serving: 2

First Published: 11/19/2014
Last Reviewed: 11/19/2014

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