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
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)
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.