This gluten free pulled pork recipe reminds me of summer nights with family and friends. It brings a sense of nostalgia of outdoor eating and special times enjoying the ease and beauty of spring and summer nights.
I think one of the best parts of pulled pork is you get all the taste of barbecue and outdoor eating without all the mess. The main reason why I love this recipe is because you can make this in a slow cooker.
Slow cookers are a lifesaver for me as busy mom and a business owner. I recommend all my wellness counseling clients use slow cooker recipes to help ease the burden of finding time to feed your family delicious, healthy, and anti-inflammatory food.
This gluten free slow cooker pulled pork recipe can be served in a many ways, so you can change it up each time you make it. I also love to mix it up when I have the leftovers for lunch.
Why Is This Pulled Pork Recipe Gluten Free?
This recipe DOES NOT use barbeque sauce and because of this the recipe is gluten free! Just spices are used and the juice from the pork to create a delicious and healthy meal.
What Makes This Pulled Pork Recipe Soy Free?
Again, I do not use soy sauce or Worcestershire, instead I let the natural juices of the pork combine with the spices and chicken broth to make an utterly delicious non-inflammatory meal.
I also only use spices that I know exactly what is in them. Surprises in your food are never a good thing. So, I try to use ingredients with as few additives in them as possible.
Soy is one of the most common dietary allergens. It can cause problems in the gut and can also contribute to asthma, eczema, and acne. That is one of the reasons I created this soy-free and gluten free pulled pork recipe.
Gluten Free Pulled Pork Cooking Tips
What do you need to do to make sure you get pulled pork that is moist and comes apart easily? Follow the easy tips below to make it perfectly every time.
Patience, patience, patience! You do not want to rush this recipe and run the risk of your pork being undercooked or too tough.
The idea of pulled pork is to have it fall apart to the touch and soak up all the delicious goodness we put on it. That is why we slow cook it.
It makes it so much easier. Low and slow is always the best choice for cooking meat.
Use your thermometer. No one wants to risk undercooked pork. When you think it is done just grab your thermometer and check.
Pork needs to reach about 195 Fahrenheit internally to be properly cooked and “pulled”.
Do not overthink it. There is no need to add a whole bunch of fancy sauces or ingredients to this recipe.
Just a handful of delicious spices and your pulled pork will practically create its own sauce. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.
Pulled Pork Variations
I cook this gluten free slow cooker pulled pork often because my son is a picky eater. Kids enjoy trying proteins when they are pulled-style. Even he eats this one up.
If you find yourself cooking this recipe often like I do, it’s nice to have some different ideas on how to serve it. The list below has some great options.
- I love putting it into a bowl on top of cauliflower rice, with grilled veggies, salsa, and avocado
- Use grain-free tortillas to create pork tacos
- Create a summer-inspired salad – add some of your favorite beans and dairy-free, soy-free salad dressing
- Serve BBQ style with sugar-free, soy-free BBQ sauce, a side of veggies, and a potato
Why This Recipe Is Part of My Mindful Eating Plan
Lean pork is incredibly high in protein (about 26% by weight) making it perfect brain and muscle food. Pork also contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for body growth and maintenance. On top of those great qualities, it has a lot of vitamins such as thiamine, zinc, and vitamin B-12.
Another great thing about pork is it is often cured as opposed to processed. That means it contains less chemicals.
I decided to modify a traditional pulled pork recipe to fit my Mindful Elimination Program. That is why this recipe is gluten free, soy-free, and super simple.
The Mindful Elimination Program is my 40-day anti-inflammatory diet and yoga fitness program. This is a great way to discover food intolerances that can upset your gut, hormones, cause excess weight, and low energy. Additionally, you will learn more about soy and how it disrupts your hormonal balance.
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Easy Gluten Free Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe
- 2.5 lb pork butt
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Place all the seasonings in a small bowl and mix well to make the spice rub.
- Massage the spice rub all over the meat. You may have some left over if you have a smaller cut of meat.
- Place the pork into the slow cooker and pour the chicken broth in.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Remove the pork from the crock pot and place it on a cutting board.
- Shred with two forks or tongs and serve. You can spoon some of the juices from the slow cooker on to the pork for serving.