One word: YUM. Ok two words: HEALTHY! Pulled pork is a favourite for adults and kids alike… the only problem is, it is usually made with high fat cuts of pork and doused in high sugar, high calorie barbeque sauce or something similar. Pork shoulder has a whopping 24g of fat and 317 calories per 100g serving – contrast this with pork tenderloin, which has just 3.5g of fat and 143 calories per 100g serving!
I went on a mission to come up with a delicious concoction using pork tenderloin, which is a lean cut of pork, and voilà! Success. I used this recipe as the base, and sauced it up Dr Sue style. It was a huge hit at our house!
- 1 kg pork tenderloin (2 tenderloins)
- 3 Gala apples, sliced into wedges
- 1 sweet onion, sliced into strips
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
- 2 cups 100% apple juice
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp oregano
- 3 tbsp Mediterranean spice (or Italian)
- salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS: It really IS this easy!
1. Put everything into your slow cooker. Put the pork tenderloin in first so that it is submerged in liquid while cooking. Set on low and cook for 8 hours.
2. Around 5-6 hours into cooking, use two forks to start pulling the pork apart parallel to the fiber of the meat.
3. Around 7 hours, finish pulling the pork apart – at this point it should really be looking like pulled pork (tendrils of meat).
Serve over one half of a whole wheat bun, or eat on its own!
Makes 10 servings. Per serving: (not including the bun)