Leave It For Leftovers: BBQ Pulled Pork

19 09 2010

Welcome to Leave It For Leftovers – a new series I’ll be featuring here on TKD.  The plan is to showcase easy, delicious recipes that serve a substantial amount for a small family.  It is my hope to use these leftovers to save money at the grocery store each week.  Hopefully, the series will help your family save in the process too.

In a perfect world, I would be able to eat chicken wings, potato skins, pizza and beer during every Sunday of football season.  In this world, nutrition wouldn’t affect my jeans size or cholesterol levels.  Unfortunately, this isn’t a reality so it’s necessary to get creative during the season.  I want to serve foods that scream “football” without worrying about splurging too much before the work week.

That is exactly where this BBQ pulled pork comes in.  Pulled pork and football go hand-in-hand.  This meal will satisfy the manly, meat eaters that invade your house during the season.  Trust me on this one.  It also makes the house smell like a BBQ Heaven.

Pulled pork may look intimidating.  After all, restaurants make a living off of claiming they have the best BBQ in town.  Well, those restaurants have nothing on me – or you.

Because we’re healthy living bloggers, we’re going to use pork loin because it’s such a lean cut of meat.  There is zero fat to trim off like there would be if using a pork shoulder or other cut of meat.  Don’t worry – no one will ever be able to tell the difference.

Shhh.  Want in on a little secret?  This is the easiest recipe I could possibly give you.  Can you even call it a recipe when the crock pot does all the work?


BBQ Pulled Pork

  • ~ 1.5 – 2 lbs of pork loin
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1.5 jars of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Garlic salt


Slice onion into rounds and place half on the bottom of a crock pot.  Place pork over onions and sprinkle with garlic salt.  Cover pork with the remainder of the onions and all of the BBQ Sauce.

Cook on LOW for 8 hrs.  Shred pork with two forks and serve alone or on whole wheat roll.

See?  I told you it was easy. 


The pork will shred so easily that you only need to use one fork for shredding.  The onions become translucent and sweet, which creates the perfect companion for the tangy pork.  Once the meat is shredded, you will have a substantial portion for leftovers.  Great ideas include the topping for a baked potato or the filling to a quesadilla.  Of course, it will be perfect leftover by itself or in a sandwich for hot lunches (or it can be eaten cold!) or a quick, week night dinner.

The only advice I can give is to choose your BBQ sauce carefully.  Most of the sauces on the shelves contain HFCS and other added ingredients that simply are not necessary for a good-tasting sauce.  As always, I used the original flavor from the Dinosaur BBQ in New York.

To round out the meal, I served the pork with roasted red potatoes and roasted broccoli.  It was the perfect meal to watch during a game. 

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Give it a try and let me know what you think!



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3 responses

20 09 2010
Liz @ Blog is the New Black

I like this series, lady. Great job! ;)

20 09 2010
Shanna, like Banana

My hubby just learned to make pulled pork in the crock pot and he is oh so proud of himself!

20 09 2010

Wow that IS easy! Totally Ellen-proof ;) I have a crock pot and it doesn’t get used often enough. I need to bust it out more often, that pulled pork looks GOOD, sista!

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