Monday, April 9, 2012

SMOKED & PULLED PORK


Pulled Pork is one of my favorite dishes for dinner. I have been afraid to take a crack at a paleo-version as my go-to recipe involves lots of brown sugar and apricot preserves all topped off with a sugary barbeque sauce. What could be better than that? Well, this is better than that. I made a paleo BBQ sauce with this, but ended up pouring it down the sink. The meat had so much flavor, it didn't need a thing. Just a fork. A big one.  My secret to this flavorful pork is that I smoked it first and then threw it in the slow cooker. Time consuming, yes. Difficult? No. Worth it? Hell yeah.

Paleo Smoked and Pulled Pork

1 4-5 lb pork butt, trimmed
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh black pepper
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder

First, fire up your grill with the coals on only one side. Combine the spices and rub all of it on the pork. Rub it really well in all the pockets and crevices you can find. You really want all the flavors to get packed into the meat. When the grill is hot, place the pork butt on the side of the grill without the coals. You aren't trying to cook it now; you are just looking for that smokiness from the grill. Cover and let the smoke and spices infuse with the pork for 3 hours. Meanwhile, prepare your slowcooker with a liner (I use the Reynolds ones) and toss in the onion. Place the pork on top of the onions and cover. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. It is ready when you can shred it with a fork and you can no longer stand how good your house smells. 


More Sweet Potato fries:
Chop up one sweet potato into tiny matchsticks. 
Soak in ice water for 1 hour.

Drain and squeeze dry with a kitchen towel.

Fry in coconut oil in a cast iron skillet until brown and crispy



Serve with asparagus that have been blanched, sauteed in butter,
 and sprinkled with lemon juice and salt. 


Three Diets, One Dinner





1 comment:

  1. Wow! Looks like one good recipe! I might use liquid smoke instead since I don't easily have access to a BBQ.

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