Healthy Pulled Pork – Paleo, Clean & Delicious

Healthy Pulled Pork – Paleo, Clean & Delicious

I have a confession to make. I LOVE pulled pork. Unfortunately, healthy pulled pork is a bit harder to come by. My husband I visit BBQ joints often (there’s quite a few good ones in San Luis Obispo!) and no fail, I opt for pulled pork. I’m sure looking back in my Instagram feed, you’ll see quite a few pulled pork meals. Here’s one of the best ones I’ve had at the weekly Thursday Farmer’s Market.


BUT, I know that these guys aren’t that good for you. They’re cooked in BBQ sauce (AKA liquid gold). And as wonderful as BBQ sauce is, it’s full of sugar and whatever secret ingredients BBQ joints use to make you want more.

In my quest for something more diet friendly that I can enjoy often, I found a lot of paleo pulled pork recipes. As much as I wanted to make a paleo BBQ sauce, it takes a lot of time and planning. This healthy pulled pork does not taking time and planning.

All you need to do is thaw out your pork butt, tenderloin etc the night before your meal. Rub the spices on in the morning, throw it in the good ‘ol crockpot or slow cooker and enjoy it that night.

healthy pulled pork

If you like your pulled pork saucy, then you’ll have to find a healthy BBQ sauce recipe. Here’s a list of sixteen that you can choose from.

I really was surprised at how easy this healthy pulled pork recipe was. I was prepared to do some mixing and cooking preparations before the slow cooker, but I found a ton of recipes that didn’t require that and a few that needed no liquid at all.

This one is more peppery than spicy. Slow roasted pork is pretty forgiving, so you’ll see in the recipe below there’s quite a few ways to get it done. Serve it with a side of healthy coleslaw for a balanced meal!


Healthy Pulled Pork
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Flavorful and quick to assemble, this healthy pulled pork is perfect for family gatherings or summer BBQs. Serve with healthy coleslaw for an easy meal!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 2-4lb pork butt or pork tenderloin
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion salt (or 1 tsp onion powder and 1 tsp salt)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  1. Thaw out pork the night before
  2. Slice onions and layer in the bottom of slow cooker
  3. Slice pork in to several large pieces
  4. Mix all spices together and rub over pork, cover every inch
  5. Cook on high for 5 hours, then turn to low for 2 (or just low for 8 hours)



  1. It is 6:30 here, and all I want is pulled pork. I LOVE bbq. I am from Georgia, where we have a very particular regional bbq that no one seems to give any respect to (it’s all about NC and Tennessee etc), but we take it very very seriously. BBQ and pulled meats are probably two of my favorite dishes. And we have yet to break in the slow cooker, so I’m thinking YES YES AND THRICE YES.

    • What type of BBQ flavor is it? I’m curious, I’ve had a few different kinds, but never from Georgia!

      You should definitely break in that slow cooker- I’m pretty sure I use mine every other day at the very least. This recipe is super easy, and so so good. I made it this weekend for friends that were staying with us. It was a hit 🙂

    • Thank you!

      • I love all things pork! Can’t wait to try this mid week for a hassle free meal with leftovers. Love that its such a clean recipe. Thanks!

        • Thanks! I was surprised to find a few recipes that didn’t require any liquid while cooking. I pieced them together and came up with this! It’s pretty smokey but not too dry. I like it the way it is and my husband covers it in BBQ sauce. Both are amazing 🙂


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