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.
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.
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