Family-style Healthy Pulled Pork

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If your kids are going to school, you are probably making lunch box every weeknight. This activity can be time-consuming as you need to find a good balance between healthy food and food that your children is actually going to eat. And children get bored!

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Lunch Box requires creativity!

I started doing pulled pork in Myanmar right after I bought my slow cooker. Pulled Pork is not really part of French gastronomy. It is really a pure American barbecue dish. But we do have a fatty version of the American slow cook pork: French Rillettes.

I was trying to find new recipe for my kid lunch box and slow cooked pork seem like a good option. And I was right, it was a hit with the kids.

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Slow Cook Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is very convenient for family cooking in general. You can make a big batch over the weekend and it will last the full week. You can use it as a protein source to come along most of your veggies. In a nice healthy stew, stir-fry in a pan or finally in a sandwich with tomatoes and fresh salad for your kids. I also created my own version of the famous Vietnamese Bánh mì using pulled pork. That is a story for another time.

Pulled pork could be healthy!

A lot of people think of pulled pork as a greasy barbecue meat. But pulled pork can be really lean, it will mainly depend how you make it. You can keep on your diet while eating pulled pork, it wont be a problem.

Pulled pork is economical!

Pork shoulder is my go-to-meat when it comes to pulled pork. It has the ideal balance of meat/fat for slow cooking. And last but not least: Pork shoulder is extremely economical.

My weekly batch of pulled pork:

There is nothing easier than making pulled pork with your slow cooker.

  • 1KG Pork Shoulder
  • 1 cup of fruit juice (yes fruit juice… use pineapple, orange or apple juice)
  • Salt, peper to your liking
  • Dry herbs

Don’t chop, don’t cut, put everything in your slow cooker, set it to LOW and let it run for 9-10H.

After 10 hours, the meat should fall apart with a fork.

Remove the pieces of meat from the slow cook and drop them in a large Tupperware. With a fork, shred the meat apart.

When you are done with the meat, take 1-3 tablespoon of liquid and spread it over your meat to keep it moist. Throw away the rest of the liquid.

Keep in mind that the fat is mostly in the liquid along with the meat juice. The more liquid you spread over the meat, the fattier it gets but also the tastier. So it is up to you to balance how much liquid you keep and how much you throw.

If you plan to use it for sandwiches, stick to a few tablespoons of juice, you do not want the meat to get too moist which would make the bread soggy.

Your Tupperware can be kept one week in the fridge. You should have enough meat to make plenty of lunch boxes and healthy meals for your family.

10 minutes recipes:

Pulled pork sandwich

Mix two tablespoons of pulled pork with barbecue sauce and warm in the microwave for a few seconds. Spread it in a French baguette or in a burger bun. Add freshly slice pickle jalapeños or cornichons and lettuce. If you have time, make a coleslaw with red cabbage, carrot, mayonnaise and a pinch of French mustard.

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Pulled pork with coleslaw burger

Stried fried pork Asian style

Stir-fry diced onion and carott over hot fire, when they get soft, add pulled pork and a splash of soy sauce, let it cook 5mn under medium heat. Serve with rice and fresh thai basil.

Pulled pork chili

In an iron cast, Stir-fry dice onion, when these have a nice gold color, add a cup of vegetable stock, chopped garlic, dried herbs, two cans of black beans, one can of tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and your pulled pork. Let it simmer for 10mn under medium fire. Serve with rice and fresh coriander.

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Pulled Pork Chili is just super tasty

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