Whole30 Pulled Pork & Coleslaw

Now I love the non-Whole30 pulled pork sandwich recipe that I already have on the blog. So it was my mission to make a Whole30 compliant version that was just as delicious. And ya’ll, I think I’ve succeeded.

These Whole30 Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps are a fabulous slow cooker, set it and forget recipe that is a cinch to throw together and can feed you and your family for days. My secret is a robust spice bend that gives the meat fantastic flavor and my own invention of a Whole30 “Worcestershire sauce” that combines coconut aminos, fish sauce and balsamic vinegar. You definitely won’t feel like you’re sacrificing on flavor with this meal. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need

For this recipe you will need:

  • Slow Cooker
  • Large Skillet
  • 2 medium mixing bowls
  • 1 small mixing bowl (or mine en plus bowl)

I have included some of my recommendations for equipment below that recipe that are available for purchase on Amazon.


For the pulled pork:

Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt: Pork shoulder and pork butt can be used interchangeably in this recipe. I use 2-3 lb boneless. If you can only get bone in you’ll want to purchase at least 5-6 lb and cut the bones out before cooking. You could leave the bones in but you would need to add several hours onto your cooking time.

Pulled Pork Spice Mix: You will need salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, mustard powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, cumin and cayenne pepper. I know, I know, the spice list is long. But y’all it is so good and are most likely pantry staples that you already have in your kitchen.

Ketchup: This is one ingredient that you will definitely want to check labels on as most ketchup has a lot of added sugar. I recommend Primal Kitchen’s organic, unsweetened ketchup.

Chicken broth: Again, make sure to check you labels or use homemade chicken broth. Beef broth or any other kind of bone broth will also work.

Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV gives this recipe a great tang. If you are out you can also use balsamic vinegar.

Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard is a great ingredient in Whole30 complaint meals, but some brands do contain wine which is not compliant. Be sure to check those labels. I use the Wholefoods 365 brand.

Whole30 “Worcestershire Sauce”: I love Worcestershire sauce and put it in most of my soups, stews and slow cooker recipes. Unfortunately it does have added sugar but lucky for you I have found a great replacement. By combining coconut aminos, fish sauce and balsamic vinegar you basically can’t tell the difference. And if you’re a little apprehensive about using fish sauce I’m here to tell you that your favorite Worcestershire has fermented anchovies in it. So…you know… basically the same. 🙂

Onion, Garlic & Bay Leaf: These are kitchen staples that consistently add phenomenal flavor. However, if you are out of garlic you can up the amount of garlic powder in the dish, same with the onion. The recipe will also work without a bay leaf but it does make a difference so if you have one use one.

For the coleslaw:

Cabbage: I like buy the 12 oz bags of pre shredded coleslaw just make life easier. But you can totally shred. your own cabbage if you prefer. You’ll need around 2 cups.

Mayonnaise: If you are doing Whole30 make sure to check the labels to see if you mayo is compliant. A lot of mayonnaise uses soybean oil, which is on the no-no list for Whole30. You’ll want one that uses avocado or a light tasting olive oil. Alternatively, you can always make your own mayonnaise by blending 1 egg with a cup of light tasting oil and a little lemon juice and salt with an immersion blender.

Vinegar: I like the combo of apple cider vinegar and white vinegar in this recipe. But if you only have 1 that’s okay too, just double it.

Coconut Aminos: These little babies should definitely be a part of your Whole30 staple pantry. Not only do they make a fabulous a replacement for soy sauce but they also add salt and a hint of sweetness to your recipes.

Celery Seed: I love putting celery seed in coleslaw. You can totally experiment with adding other spices, but for me this is a must have.

To assemble:

Now all of these are suggestions because this pulled pork also great on it’s own, or even served over a bed or roasted sweet potatoes. The sky’s limit!

Lettuce cups: I highly recommend using butter lettuce cups as I find they are the most “wrap like”. But you can use whatever cups your prefer. Also, if you don’t want lettuce cups at all that’s fine too.

Diced White Onions & Pickles: These are a staple for any pulled pork sandwich so I obviously have to include them on my whole30 lettuce wraps. Just check those labels to make sure the pickles are compliant.

Thinly sliced jalapeños or red chiles: If you like a little more heat then definitely be sure to add some jalapenos or other chiles. Not only will they spice things up but add nice texture and crunch.

Whole30 Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Whole30 Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Succulent, slow cooked pulled pork topped with delicious coleslaw in a fresh lettuce wrap. This recipe is Keto, Paleo and Whole30 compliant.

Recipe by The Jam Jar Kitchen
5 from 16 votes
Course: Main CourseCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time




Cooking Time




  • 2-3 lb boneless pork shoulder or pork butt

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (or other compliant oil)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder

  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Cooking Liquid
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (check your labels to make sure it’s whole30 compliant)

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos

  • 1 tsp fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (check your labels to make sure it’s whole30 compliant)

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

  • 1/2 large onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

  • bay leaf

  • pinch of salt & pepper

  • Coleslaw
  • 12 bag bag coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage

  • 1/4 cup compliant mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tsp coconut aminos

  • 1/2 tsp celery seed

  • pinch of salt & pepper

  • Lettuce Wrap Assembly
  • butter lettuce leaves, or other large lettuce leaves

  • finely diced white onion (optional)

  • chopped dill pickles (optional)

  • sliced jalapenos or chiles (optional)


  • Make the pulled pork
  • Combine 1 tsp each of salt & pepper with the 8 spices listed below.

    Generously rub spice mix over the pork shoulder until well covered. Be sure to get the spice mix into any nooks and crannies of the meat.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat until hot and shimmering.

    Once the oil is hot, sear all sides of the pork shoulder for 1-2 minutes per side to brown.

    Remove oil from the skillet and place in the bowl of a slow cooker.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients listed under “Cooking Liquid” with a fork or whisk until well combined.

    Pour the mixture over the seared pork should and cook in a slow cooker for 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low until the pork is pull apart tender.
  • Remove cooked pork from the slow cooker and use 2 forks to shred the meat. Add 1-2 cups of the cooking liquid back to the pulled pork to moisten according to your preference. (Don’t throw away the remaining cooking liquid.)

    Set aside until time to assemble.
  • Make the coleslaw
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together mayo, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, celery seed and a pinch of salt and pepper.

    Pour oven coleslaw and mix until well combined.
  • Assemble the lettuce wraps
  • Add a scoop of pulled pork into the lettuce cup. Top with coleslaw, diced onions and pickles. If you want a little more heat you can add a couple slices of fresh jalapenos or chiles. Enjoy!

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  1. camrynnarvaez

    Yum! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    -Sondra Barker

  2. This is like the perfect combination of crunchy and yummy. The cole slaw gives a vey nice contrast to the pulled pork. Totally delicious.

  3. Such a taste explosion! Shredded pork together with this tangy slaw is so perfect. I can’t wait to try it. My mouth is watering already.

  4. YUM! This was a great recipe. My whole family loved it!

  5. This pulled pork is truly so tender flavorful and hearty! The perfect healthy recipe!

  6. This was an absolutely delicious recipe, thank you for sharing this fab idea, I still have some pork and will make it again for lunch tomorrow 😉

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  8. This looks like a winner. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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