If you’re looking for a new way to make pulled pork, look no further than Cherry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork – serve it with lettuce wraps or buns for a delicious meal. Paleo-friendly.
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So here’s the thing… I kind of really enjoy pork. (Vegan friends don’t hate.) I know chicken is super easy to cook and all that but in certain instances, I prefer pork. Like for BBQ sauce dishes, crockpot pulled pork, carnitas at Chipotle, etc. Truthfully I am pretty picky about my pork and where I get it from. I typically can’t find great, high quality pork from the grocery store without spending a fortune (I’m talking to you, Whole Foods) so we don’t make it at home all that much. HOWEVER… I was recently introduced to Butcher Box and when I found out what they were all about, I was totally on board.
What is Butcher Box?
Butcher Box is a delivery service providing high-quality meat from animals that have been humanely raised, and never with hormones or antibiotics. Over the past year or so I’ve been making a conscious effort to pay more attention to where we buy our meat. More so, where our meat is coming from and how it’s been raised. It really makes a difference in the quality and taste of the meat.
I’ll tell you a little side story…
Several years ago I was on a work trip in LA and we ate at the most hipster restaurant I have ever been to in my life – and I say that in the best way. On the menu was this “free-range organic chicken” or something like that. At that point in my life I was kind of over meat. I still ate it every once in a while, but I just didn’t enjoy it like I remember. I thought, “What the heck I’ll give this fancy chicken a shot.”
And guys… It was the best chicken breast I’ve ever had. Seriously. Maybe it was the cool hipster chef who cooked my chicken. Or more likely it was because the chicken was a healthy, free-range chicken who was humanely raised and fed properly.
Call me crazy but it makes a difference! And you might not realize it until you’ve had a few different organic and high-quality meats, and then try to go back to conventional meats. It just doesn’t taste as good.
Now, I am not here to tell you what to do or how to shop for groceries, but personally I prefer to consume meat that is humanely raised, pasture-raised, free-range, etc. and Butcher Box has just that, plus the convenience of it being delivered right to your door.
Oh, and back to the pork! I’m super excited to bring a little pork back into my life with the selection of heritage breed pork Butcher Box has to offer.
What are Heritage Breed Pigs?
Heritage breed pigs are purebred, registered animals that have been breed for longevity, fertility, and productivity.
Heritage Breed Pigs:
- Bed in open barns.
- Have plentiful outdoor access.
- Are fed nutritious, all-vegetarian diet (forage + feed).
Because these pigs have been raised healthy and slowly mature, they produce the best flavor too.
And with that, let’s chat about…
Cherry Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork
what you need
- beer or water
- cherry preserves
- lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- dijon mustard
- coconut aminos (or sub tamari)
- liquid smoke (can omit)
- garlic cloves
- adobo sauce
- onion powder
- butter lettuce or buns
- pork tenderloin from Butcher Box (you can also do a fattier cut but I like the tenderloin)
- salt & pepper
Don’t freak – I know that’s a lot of ingredients but most of them are pantry staples. And the long list is because you’re making your own cherry chipotle barbecue sauce! Which is really easy – you’re essentially just combining everything in a saucepan and allowing it to simmer until it thickens. It takes about 30 minutes but it’s so worth it!
To prepare the pulled pork I used my instant pot, but you can also use a crockpot.
INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika onto both sides of pork. With Instant Pot on Sauté mode, sear pork slightly on both sides. Then change Instant Pot to Manual mode, add liquid (I used beer) and pressure cook pork for 15 minutes.
- You can sear the pork in a skillet before adding to a crockpot, or just throw it in seasoned with a little bit of oil and about 1 cup of liquid (beer or stock for most flavor). Cook on low for about 4 hours.
While the pulled pork is cooking, the sauce should be simmering. Once the sauce has fully thickened, you can transfer it to a jar until the pork is done.
Then you’re just mixing it all together. I used the entire jar on about one pound of pork.
Assembling the pulled pork lettuce wraps
Now it’s time to assemble the pork lettuce wraps (or pretzel bun sliders are fun too!)
You need: butter lettuce, simple lime cabbage-carrot slaw, avocado (for good measure).
A simple slaw goes a long way in adding a hint of lime and crunchy texture to these pork lettuce wraps (and/or sliders).
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- 1lb pork tenderloin from Butcher Box (you can also do a fattier cut like pork shoulder, but I like the tenderloin)
- onion powder
- salt & pepper
- 1 TBSP oil (I like avocado oil)
cherry chipotle BBQ sauce
- 1/3 cup beer or stock (or water)
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup cherry preserves
- 1 TBSP lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 2 TBSP molasses
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 TBSP dijon mustard
- 1 TBSP coconut aminos (or sub tamari)
- tsp liquid smoke (can omit)
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 TBSP adobo sauce
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
Easy Lime Cabbage Carrot Slaw
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1 cup shredded napa or green cabbage
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 TBSP avocado or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 TBSP honey or agave
- butter lettuce
- sliced avocado
Prepare the pulled pork (Instant Pot Directions)
Sprinkle on onion powder, paprika, plus salt and pepper onto both sides of pork. Using the Instant Pot, add about 1 tablespoon oil to pot and first use sauté mode to sear pork on both sides. Then turn pot to manual mode, add 1 cup of liquid (beer or stock), close lid making sure valve is sealed; cook on manual (high pressure) for 15 minutes and naturally release. See notes for crockpot cooking.
cherry chipotle barbecue sauce
Meanwhile prepare the BBQ sauce: In a medium pot over medium-high heat, combine ketchup, cherry preserves, beer (or water), apple cider vinegar, molasses, honey, dijon mustard, coconut aminos (or tamari) liquid smoke (if you have it), garlic cloves, adobo sauce, onion powder and paprika. Use whisk to combine and allow mixture to come to a quick boil, then turn heat down and simmer about 30 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat when done – you can also make this ahead of time and store in covered jar in fridge.
Make the slaw
combine all ingredients in a bowl, tossing to coat.
assemble the lettuce wraps or sliders
Layer on slaw, cherry chipotle bbq pulled pork, and avocado on buns or lettuce leaves. Enjoy!
SLOW COOKER METHOD for PORK: Option to sear seasoned pork in skillet over medium heat first, or place directly in slow cooker. Add 1 cup of liquid to slow cooker with seasoned pork and cook on low for about 4 hours. Depending on how much pork you use (I only have 1lb) you may need more time to cook.