These Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Pork Lettuce Wraps are perfect for a light and healthy dinner! Using a simple, homemade paleo BBQ sauce. These lettuce wraps are dairy-free, gluten-free and also Whole30 compliant.
So I couldn’t help but put my new Paleo BBQ sauce to good use for another recipe to share with you. I love a good BBQ pulled pork and what better way to enjoy a light, healthy summer meal than with lettuce wraps? There is no other way, is the obvious answer 🙂
Anyways, how have you all been? I’m still slowly crawling out of vacation mode from our camping trip last week. I’ve been trying to get back in my groove but MAN is it tough. July was insanely busy for me, and I think I got a little burnt out. Being a solopreneur is tough, guys. Yes blogging is fun and awesome and I love connecting with you all. And sharing recipes and inspiring you. But the grass is not always greener. Sometimes I miss working in an office with others, missing my old coworkers. Other days I kind of miss just having a more routine/set schedule. Where once I come home from work and the gym, I pretty much have stopped working. It can be quite a challenge working from home and knowing when to stop working. And while I am in control of my schedule (which can be totally awesome), I have yet to make a solid day-to-day routine. I think I have just come to the realization that I probably won’t have a set routine. Blogging has certainly taught me to be more flexible with myself – AKA less Type A. Which can be a good and bad thing I suppose… I’m trying to stay as motivated and inspired as I can but all I can think about is how quickly summer will be coming to an end. We have a trip planned up north this weekend with some friends, two weddings the following weekends, and then I am in Toronto for a food photography workshop (!!) – all good things just makes the month go by too quick!
It’s also hard to be present when there is so much going on, you know what I mean? But I started a new journal this month and I am trying to get back into that habit. It helps me reflect on each day and actively practice gratitude, as well as start off my morning slow and steady. Unless I am teaching a 6am FLEXcity class then I just hop right out of bed and head downtown.
But I hope this doesn’t sound like I am complaining! I really am so thankful and grateful for this life I get to live. I feel very lucky that I get to call food blogging my job 🙂 And I get to take pictures of recipes, like BBQ pork lettuce wraps, and call it work. And then I get to eat said BBQ pork lettuce wraps for lunch 😀
These pineapple BBQ pork lettuce wraps are simple and a great option if you’re looking for a lighter dinner.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I put my paleo BBQ sauce to good use and dumped it in the slow cooker with some pulled pork and pineapple juice. So perfect.
And then really you’re just loading up the lettuce wraps with the pulled pork, some pineapple, cabbage, carrots, avocado (obviously), and maybe a sprinkle of green onions. YUM.
Oh, I also added some paleo ranch dressing, because why not? While I could have made my own, I actually used Primal Kitchen’s because they were kind enough to send me some. I’m not a huge ranch person, but theirs is the best. I first tried it during my January Whole30 and I was obsessed. I put it on so many of my salads and bowl meals.
These lettuce wraps also happen to be Whole30–No added sugars in the recipe or in the BBQ sauce. And then the rest of the ingredients are just veggies and fruit really. Eating whole foods is not hard when you have meals like this 🙂
Let me know if you give this a try!
for the pineapple BBQ pork:
- 1.5 lbs pork loin (can sub another cut but I prefer the leaner cut)
- 2 cups Paleo BBQ Sauce, divided
- 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice (can also sub water)
for the lettuce wraps:
- 2 stalks romaine lettuce, leaves removed. Can also use bib lettuce
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1 cup matchstick carrots
- 1 large avocado, pitted and cut into chunks
- 1 medium pineapple, cored and cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup diced green onions
1. In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, add pork loin and pineapple juice. Cover pork with about 1 cup of the Paleo BBQ Sauce, reserving the rest for later. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours. flipping pork over half way through if possible.
2. Once the pork has fully cooked, carefully drain most of the liquid from the slow cooker–you can leave about 1/2 cup or so.
3. Shred the pork with two forks, then add in the remaining cup of Paleo BBQ Sauce. Stir together.
4. Prepare the lettuce wraps: lay out the lettuce leaves and fill with about 1/4 cup of pork. Add on carrots, cabbage, avocado, and pineapple. Garnish with green onions and maybe some paleo ranch dressing, if you wish. Enjoy!
This recipe is great for meal prep and makes awesome leftovers. You can even prepare cauliflower rice to make a bowl meal out of it too.