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BBQ pulled pork

3 hours 5 minutes
6 servings
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Start with this smokin' hot oven-baked pulled pork recipe, then add steamed green beans and Slimming World fries for a new Food Optimizing favorite.
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2 tsp. paprika
1½ tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. garlic powder
2½ lb. boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of all visible fat and silver skin
½ cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
For the sauce:
1½ cups tomato puree
⅓ cup sweet onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. sugar substitute
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. salt
6 (2-oz. each) whole-wheat rolls, to serve (optional)*


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Set out a Dutch oven with a lid.
  2. For the rub, mix the paprika, chili powder, cumin, mustard and garlic powder in a cup. Coat the pork loin all over with the rub and place in the Dutch oven. Carefully pour the broth and cider vinegar around the pork.
  3. Cover and bake for between 2 hours–2 hours 20 minutes, until the pork is cooked through and easily breaks apart with a fork but still looks moist.
  4. Remove the pork from the oven and place in a shallow baking dish, reserving the pan juices. Set aside to cool for approximately 15 minutes, then shred into bite-sized pieces using two forks.
  5. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Put the tomato puree, onion, cider vinegar, sugar substitute, Worcestershire sauce, crushed red pepper, garlic powder and salt in a heavy, medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to very low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Remove from the heat. Reserve ½ cup for dipping.
  6. Mix the pan juices and the remaining sauce with the pulled pork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve sandwiched in the rolls, if desired, with the reserved sauce.


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