If your family is tired of chicken, insert an easy pork entrée into the dinner rotation. Tenderloin is a lean cut of meat that softens up in the crock pot. Combine this with a homemade barbeque sauce and you have a quick and healthy weeknight meal that is super flavorful!

Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of no salt added tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
  • Lean pork tenderloin (1 ½ pounds)

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients (except for the pork) into a 4 quart or larger crockpot. Stir with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.

2. Add the pork to the crockpot. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.

3. When time is up, pull the pork from the slow cooker. Test with a meat thermometer to make sure it is fully cooked and reaches a safe minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees. Shred the meat with two forks. Serve on whole wheat buns.*

Serving size: 3 ounces (around 2/3 cup)

Servings per recipe: about 8 servings

*NOTE: Nutrition Facts do not include buns.

For more information about safe internal cooking temperatures, check out foodsafety.gov's Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures chart.

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