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Recipe: Pulled Pork and BBQ Sauce

This was the first time that I made Pulled Pork and BBQ Sauce from scratch.  And it turned out very good!  I’m a sucker when it comes to pulled pork, it’s one of my favorite foods.  And this BBQ sauce smells so good!  It has a nice heat to it at the end.

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of broth
2 tsp minced garlic
1 can tomato paste (5.5 fl oz)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cayenne

Directions:
Bring the broth and garlic to a simmer on medium for 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer on low for 25 minutes, remove from heat and let temperature come down.

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Pulled Pork Ingredients:
4 lb pork roast
2 onions, sliced, divided
1 onion chopped
5 or 6 whole cloves
2 cups of water
16 oz of BBQ sauce
salt and pepper

Directions:
Place one sliced onion at bottom of crock pot.
Stud pork roast with cloves and season with salt and pepper.
Place roast in slow cooker on top of onions.
Cover with second sliced onion and add enough water to fill the crock pot to 2/3’s full.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours (or on high for 4 to 6 hours).
Remove roast.  Remove and discard cloves, bone and fat as well as any water, onions and grease in pot.
When pork roast is cool, shred with fork.
Return pulled pork to crock pot.

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Mix in chopped onion and BBQ sauce.  Cover and heat on high for 1 to 3 hours, or until onions soften.

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Most people usually eat pulled pork on a bun, but since I’m gluten free and am avoiding processed foods, I like to put my pulled pork on a baked potato or a baked sweet potato.  I also enjoy the pulled pork sundaes they sell at festivals which is pulled pork in a cup on top of cole slaw and baked beans.  But that wouldn’t be free of the chemicals and preservatives that I’m avoiding right now.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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