Paleo Pulled Pork with Cornbread and Apple Coleslaw

Disclaimer: Hormel sent me some product coupons and this is what I did with them. The opinions and thoughts below are my own. 

Ok, confession…this is one of those Paleo recipes that is 90% Paleo and 10% it-was-too-delicious-not-to-cheat-a-little. Pulled pork is one of my favorite summer meals, so I’m excited to have found a version that is both easy and free from guilt!

Paleo pulled pork

You’re going to use your Crock Pot for the pulled pork. I use Hormel Always Tender pork roasts because they turn out so well and two of them fit nicely into my slow cooker. Add either two normal sized cans or one really big can of chicken stock and up to a cup of water until the roast is covered. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup on top of everything and then cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.

Once cooked, pull the meat out into a separate dish and use a fork to shred it before adding barbecue sauce to taste. Here’s where I veer away from Paleo. There are some Paleo barbecue sauce recipes out there (like this one), but I cheated and went with storebought. I did make sure that I got one that was made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, but of course cheating is cheating. Whatever. It was yummy.

The apple coleslaw has a bit of cheating but not too bad. It’s a bag of shredded cabbage, a Pink Lady apple minced, a couple tablespoons of Greek yogurt, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a splash of apple juice all mixed together. The yogurt is the cheat, but it’s really hard to get that creaminess without it and a little Greek yogurt isn’t the worst cheat in the world.

Cornbread? Paleo and I didn’t come up with it. I’d repost the recipe, but I didn’t improve on it at all, so head over here if you want to see the original. It was yummy – I didn’t even miss butter!

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