This is yet another recipe that I cannot take credit for. As a Carolina girl, I am pretty picky about my barbecue and pulled pork. A great friend of ours made this for us and I was so impressed by how much it tasted like authentic Carolina barbecue. We have tried many other versions, but have not found anything as good. It took very little tweaking to make this a dairy and soy free dish. There are other pork cuts that would work, and might even be better for this dish, but pork loin is most available to us and works great. If the cut you use is particularly fatty, you may need to drain a large portion of the fat before adding sauce.
Slow Cooked Carolina Pulled Pork
2-3 lb Pork Loin (or other pork roast)
Salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cup prepared yellow mustard
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
A few dashes of hot sauce, to taste
½ tsp coconut aminos (optional*)
- Season the pork loin with salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Do not add any liquids or anything else. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Shred pork with a fork and put back in the slow cooker. If desired, drain excess fat from slow cooker.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the coconut aminos, in a small sauce pan and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add coconut aminos.
- Add sauce to shredded pork and stir well. For best results, cook on low for an additional 4 hours. In a time crunch, we have only cooked it for an additional hour and so and it has been fine.
This is great served on its own, on a sandwich roll, or with garlic bread.
Tips and Notes:
– The pork could be cooked in one day and refrigerated over night, then the sauce added the next day.
– If you have a favorite barbecue sauce, you could use that in place of the simmered ingredients
– Using the pork loin, we do not drain off any fat because it adds a lot of flavor. If you are trying to reduce fat, you could drain all or most of the drippings, but may need to add more sauce.
– *The coconut aminos are a soy free alternative to soy sauce. We have left this out before and the pulled pork still tasted great. It will not make or break the dish if you don’t have it.