Apr 19, 2012

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork




Warning: this smells incredible while it slow cooks all day!

Pulled pork is one of those dishes you can serve all year round. It's perfect for pot lucks or large gatherings because you can feed a crowd without slaving in the kitchen. I came up with this leaner version using boneless pork tenderloin and homemade BBQ sauce which gave me complete control of what was added.

I'm not a fan of pulled pork that is swimming in sauce, so I use just enough to flavor the pork along with the reserved juices of the pork and serve the extra sauce on the side. I found these delicious whole wheat potato rolls, only 100 calories/2 points plus by Martin's. and made a simple slaw with a little vinegar, salt and a touch of olive oil and it was a perfect meal.

I used the smallest loin I could find since I was making this for my family. Depending on the size of your pork loin, you will have to alter how much BBQ sauce to add. Keep in mind the pork shrinks after it is cooked, so you will want to weigh it cooked. I basically added 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce for every 3 ounces of cooked pork along with some of the reserved juices from the pork. (If your kids don't like BBQ sauce, set some of the pork on the side for them before adding it back to the crock pot)





Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 3 oz pork + 2 tbsp sauce • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 5 pt*
Calories: 206 • Fat: 5.5 g • Carb: 12.3 g • Fiber: 0.6 g • Protein: 26.4 g • Sugar: 10.2 g
Sodium: 554.1 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lb boneless pork loin roast (center cut, trimmed of all fat)
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup Homemade Kansas City BBQ Sauce

Directions:

Place pork in the slow cooker and season with salt, vinegar, garlic powder and liquid smoke. Cover and set to high 6 hours. Remove pork and transfer onto a large dish; reserve all the liquid into a cup and set aside.


Shred the pork with two forks and put it back into the slow cooker along with about 3/4 cup of the reserved liquid and the BBQ sauce (for every 3 oz cooked pork, I used 2 tbsp BBQ sauce). Cook on high one more hour.


*Nutritional info is for pork only, bread is extra.

231 comments :

  1. Added to the bookmarks! Going to knock my other halfs socks off! Mine too! :D)

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  2. This looks great!

    Is it supposed to be a 2.5lb roast?

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  3. 2.5 pounds? It says ounces... Looks FANTASTIC though!

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    1. I understand it say ounces, but the serving size is 3 oz- and it serves 8

      How do you get that out of a 2.5 OUNCE roast?

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    2. Ya'll need to calm down, give her some grace, geez!

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    3. It's 2.5 pounds before cooking, pork shrinks as it cooks

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  4. I love pulled pork! So simple and yummy! I will have to try this recipe with the homemade BBQ sauce! yum!

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  5. Gina, this looks amazing! I've been wanting to do a pulled pork recipe, but all recipes that i've found are just too much! Once again, you are awesome!

    *side note, I want to thank you for sharing your recipes. My whole family began this past fall focusing on eating better and becoming active, which has resulting in lots of needed weight loss. Without your wonderful recipes, there is no way we would have continued past the first couple of months. Thank you for helping to make my family healthier.

    -Natalie

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    1. Good for you and your family Natalie!

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    2. It is funny, Natalie, how it snowballs...

      I started this journey by myself and now my family is along for the ride, willingly. And for once, "diet" or "healthy" food isn't something they grumble about!

      My daughter, (the 4 yr old), walked by this morning as I was downloading this to my recipe box and said "OH, Skinnytaste! I love Skinnytaste!" and "can we have this for dinner, mama?" She even expressed some interest in learning how to cook. She now pours over my recipe books and magazines when I am planning the meals for the week. I had to give her a pad of post it flags so she could mark what 'pictures' she wants to try. Now there are green flags all over my Cooking Light and Skinnytaste binders. lol

      Thanks, again, Gina. I've lost 20 lb since March and my family is happy with 'good for you' food. This makes meal time a blast (and guilt-free!)

      ~Christine R.& Family

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    3. Christine, I love that!!! Our kids learn so much from what they see us do so I think it's wonderful.

      My 2 year old is already a foodie, I love it!! :)

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    4. Congrats Christine! I love Skinnytaste and my 4 year old also is a recipe picture shopper!! Children are so creative that way.

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    5. Thanks for the kind words, Gina and Anonymous. She *is* turning into a foodie. She told her daddy yesterday she ONLY eats FRESH veggies now. Recently she begged for me to buy her eggplant and broccoli in the product aisle; the store employee behind us almost had a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Said he has never heard a kid asking for veggies without prompting before. lol

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    6. Yay, Dont you love it when they want healthy food? good for you.

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  7. I assume this would work with chicken too???

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    1. I made shredded chicken following Gina's instructions in the Chicken and White Bean Enchilada recipe (another favorite) and then just combined it with the sauce. It was great! Next time I might try using chicken but following the method in this recipe just to see how it is, but the flavors are great!

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  8. Do you have a recipe for the cole slaw??

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  9. Do you have to alter the cooking time for a bigger piece of pork?

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  10. I looked on your site the other day for BBQ recipes!! Perfect timing!! :)

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  11. Gina you are a super star

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  12. I have only made slow cooker pulled pork once and it was with root beer and loved it. Should try this next time.

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  13. I discovered you just a couple days on Pinterest and am so excited to start trying your recipes! Ive been raving about you to my hubby and am excited to feed him and my 3 kiddies your yummy creations! Each one sounds so delicious and the pictures that accompany them make the recipes even more appetizing! I love the practicality of what you make and also that its so figure friendly! So glad I found your blog! :) I'm a big fan! Thanks!
    ~ Gina

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    1. I've made so many of Gina's dishes...all wonderful!!!!!

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  14. I've been thinking about getting a slow cooker but haven't yet... Could I make this in my dutch oven either on the stovetop or in the oven? I assume so but would you have any idea of the temperature/cook time?

    Also, I found this site on pinterest and enjoying your recipes inspired me to join WW officially two months ago. I've lost 21 lbs and I am incredibly grateful to you for making it so easy.

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  15. YUM. I love pulled pork and am so happy to see recipe from you! I am not Weight Watchers, but do make an effort to eat healthy, which you make so easy! The other night I made your fish tacos along with cilantro lime rice for my husband and brother, and they couldn't believe it was a skinny recipe. I then informed my husband that the enchiladas he loves so much is also a skinny recipe.

    Thanks for all you do Gina!
    -Lauren

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    1. I love that! If it tastes skinny, then I failed!

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  16. Gina could you post the receipe for the simple slaw you made with this?

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    1. I don't measure, I season with salt and pepper, drizzle a little red vinegar and a little olive oil and mix it. Taste it until it tastes right. You can add a little light mayo as well.

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  17. What type of chicken would you use for this? A whole chicken, bone in chicken, breast?

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    1. just use boneless chicken breasts, 8 hours on low.

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  18. I love pulled pork made this way. Yours looks just perfect!

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  19. Where do u get liquid smoke? Would the pp change if u used a pork tendorloin

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  20. This sounds delish! Love that you used the pork loin instead of the shoulder which has a lot more fat. This would be great to make this weekend...

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  21. Love pork roast in the crock pot! I do some with sauce and some without for tacos. Put it in a hotdog bun and it's even easier for little ones to eat. Nothing falling out the back!

    Steph

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  22. So bizarre I decided last night, without even looking at Skinnytaste that I would make pulled pork this weekend, and sure enough you posted a recipe the same day! How convenient!

    I'm in Aus though and I don't know if we really have liquid smoke, or if so it's not easy to come by, do you think smoked paprika could go in place of?

    Thanks
    Amelia.

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    1. I think that would be wonderful!

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    2. I also live in aus and you can get liquid smoke at either usa foods (there's a website) or bbq galore usually sells it. Sometimes I've been able to find it at the David Jones food stalls although it's less predictable! Good luck =)

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  23. I can imagine how good this smells. This is exactly how I like my pulled pork. With just a little BBQ sauce.

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  24. I make this with chicken and it tastes exactly the same!

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  25. do you have to add any other liquids besides the liquid smoke to the crock pot with the pork?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing, seems like there needs to be some other liquid in there to keep the pork from drying out.

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    2. I was wondering the same thing. Where does this 3/4 of reserved liquid come from? Just wondering.

      LOVE all your recipes!!!!!!

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    3. No liquid needed, the crock pot stays covered and all the juices are created by the pork.

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    4. Thank you!!! I'm about to start it:)

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    5. It was AWESOME!!!! Even my dog tried to fight to get a piece (she doesn't get "human processed" food - it was so difficult to get rid of her... lol). Smell was unbelievable!:)

      About liquid - you were so right, I've got back about 2cups, so to all doubters - just close the lid and don't touch it. After 8hours on low (my version), you should get some liquid.

      You are AMAZING, Gina!!!!:)

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    6. Crazy. We only got 1/4 cup of reserved liquid. Had to add some water!

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    7. Ok. I purchased a pork loin roast and trimmed the fat as indicated in the instructions. It was about 2.2 lbs. After 5 hrs of cooking the bottom of the pan was completely dry and starting to burn!! If the excess fat is trimmed off a lean cut of meat where is all of this reserve liquid coming from? Mine was extremely dry. Did not cook the full recommended time.

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    8. If you don't get the 3/4 cup of liquid back, what would you recommend adding in to make it up? I'm making this right now, I used more red wine vinegar but I didn't want to add another half cup.

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  26. Gina, you have me drooling for this sandwich at 5:30am!! I need to get some pork and make this pronto!!!

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  27. Looks delicious, especially with the sauce.

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  28. Quick question, the recipe calls for 6 hours on high. Just wanted to know if this was okay or if low would work as well. Thank you!!

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    1. Sure, I would probably do 10 hours on low? You'll know it's done when it shreds easy.

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  29. My all time favorite food! You mentioned yesterday this recipe was coming and it was hte first thing I thought of this morning when I woke up. Heading to the store after work and will be making this on the weekend. I cant wait.

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  30. Looks amazing! I often use pork shoulder instead of loin since it's usually a cheaper cut and they sell it often at my grocery store. Also I use apple cider vinegar but will try next time with a red wine vinegar. Great barbecue sauce recipe too. This dish spells summer for me!

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    1. how long do you cook the shoulder for?

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  31. Can this be made on top of the stove and if so, for how long? Looks delicious. I love all your recipes and have made several. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I would make it in the oven as an alternative to the crock pot in a Dutch oven on low.

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  32. Hi Gina,

    I've tried many of your recipes and they are all delish, I'm so glad your website was mentioned by one of the members of my WW meeting. I'd like to know if I can use another type of vinegar?
    Thanks!!!

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    1. Great! Sure, cider or white would be fine too.

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  33. Slow cooked pulled pork is perfect for any season, and yours looks so mouthwatering! What a delicious dish. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. For those who asked about needing more liquid - it is not necessary with crockpot method. Leave the lid on and the crockpot will do the work. The meat will create it's own juices as it's cooking.

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    1. Thank you so much for answering this- I'm using this as my first crockpot/slow cooker recipe, and was worried about the liquid!

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  35. Looks delicious! I'll have to make this one soon :)

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  36. Just made this for dinner...came out great! I adjusted the sauce ingredients just a smidge (for convenience sake...). I used an 8-oz. (1 cup) Hunts Sauce and small 6-oz. can Hunts Paste. Also, since I have such a big bottle of Agave Nectar, I used that instead of honey. I bought liquid smoke today but got the "Mesquite" flavor (Stubbs). At any rate, this came out delicious Gina! I love this website, I tell everyone about it. Last night I made the "Cilantro Lime Shrimp"...prob my most favorite dish. Your pictures are so beautiful, the instructions simple and pretty much everything I've made has come out great! (if it didn't, it was my fault). Thank you!!

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    1. So happy you liked it!!! :)

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    2. Yes, that Cilantro Lime Shrimp is awesome! I am in the process of making the pulled pork. I have two of them going right now! I just finished the KS city BBQ sauce and OMG, it tastes incredible!

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  37. Hi Gina,

    I love making pulled pork in the slow cooker by cooking it in Diet Root Beer. I leave it all day and it never burns and it is so moist by the end. I then drain the root beer, pull the meat, and add the BBQ sauce. Would cooking it in diet root beer or regular root beer change the points you think?

    Thank you!

    Jeneanne

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    1. Diet might not, but I think regular would increase it.

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  38. Karla Wilcox4/21/12, 5:48 AM

    I am on a low carb, high protein diet currently and cannot have things such as BBQ sauce due to the sugar content, which in turn, creates carbs. But, I would really like to try the pulled pork in the crock pot...so, does your nutritional value for this include the BBQ sauce with it or is that just for the pork?

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  39. Hey there Gina, I have been following your website for quite some time and oh my do I just love it! You are quiet impressive and I love coming on here and getting various ideas. I normally don't enjoy cooking but you have really changed that! And for that I would like to thank you! I'm also featuring you on my blog http://aliparkerblog.blogspot.com/ I hope you enjoy it!

    Keep up the great work!
    AliP

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  40. If I cut the recipe in half do I cut the cook time?

    Thanks Gina!!

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    1. Thew cooking time will remain the same.

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  41. Do you solely focus on making low-fat recipes?
    Or do you also make sure the sodium is low along with carbs, sugars, etc?
    I notice you advertise a lot about low-fat this and low-fat that but hey, we need good fats! I am very very particular about the sugars and salts that go into my body.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I love good fats, you will see many recipes use olive oil, avocado, salmon, etc. I just limit the bad fats. Sodium is always listed, I try to keep the sodium low, and of course a person on a low sodium diet can leave the salt out completely.

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  42. Sorry if this was asked and answered already (I haven't read the comments), but do you have a recipe or recommendation for a WW-friendly coleslaw?

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  43. Can I make this with store bought barbeque sacue? If so, which do you reccommend?

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    1. Look for one that doesn't contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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  44. Just put this in my slow cooker!! Looking forward to having it for dinner tonight!! I started my weight loss journey a year ago and have lost 112 pounds. I don't use WW but a lot of my friends do and they told me about your site. My husband and I have loved everything we have made from your site!! THANK YOU!!

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  45. YUM this sounds delicious! I LOVE pulled pork! Normally I cook mine with a bit of celery salt and tomatoes just to season it a bit but I agree that it tastes best when not smothered by other flavours.

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  46. hi,
    if I don't eat pork what cut of beef would be good for this?

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  47. What section do you find liquid smoke in at the store?

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    1. I found it with the spices in the spice aisle.

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    2. Sometimes it is in the condiment aisle (ketchup, vinegar, etc) as well. That's where I found it at Walmart.

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  48. Gina, when I found your website I think I struck gold! Everything I have made has been delicious and enjoyed by my family! I just shredded the pork and am anxiously waiting out the last hour before dinner is on the table. You are amazing and I just wanted you to know you have a grateful follower!

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  49. This looks great! I've tried a few of your recipes and all have turned out wonderful! Keep up the grea work! :)

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  50. Ok I love Pulled Pork and I've gotten it at just about every BBQ place I've ever been and let me just say, THIS IS THE BEST PULLED PORK I'VE EVER HAD! My boyfriend looked at me with wide eyes and said OMG that's SO good. I have proceeded to tell everyone I know about how good it is. I can't praise this enough. I'm absolutely hooked on this site. Everything I've tried has been fantastic. And I'm a picky eater! Only thing I'd change next time is the cook time. When I pulled out the pork I only had about 1/4 cup of liquid and had to sub in some water to make the full 3/4 cup. But that could be because I've only used this crock pot one other time (I have a bigger one that I use more often). So Thank You for this site and an even bigger Thank You for cutting down my Google search time for "Low Calorie Dinner Ideas" Cause this site has it all!

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  51. Just made this for dinner tonight, and it got rave reviews. I'm so happy to have found a moist and flavorful pulled pork that I can enjoy without the guilt!

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  52. Oh, my . . . I just made this for dinner along with some slaw. Delish! This is one of my new faves and will be perfect for some summer parties too. Thank you for all your hard work, Gina!

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  53. I am currently on the last 1/2 hour of this prep and it has gone absolutely swimmingly! I used my own BBQ sauce, which is a vinegar based Carolina-style, and I have a good feeling that this is a major winner. :) -Noelle

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  54. I made this for dinner tonight and was absolutely wonderful. I used your recipe as a beginning point and adapted it to fit the taste of my family. I did a rub of yellow mustard, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, red pepper flakes and sea salt, let the pork roast marinate for 24 hours. Since my BBQ sauce recipe uses onions and garlic, I placed a bed of sliced onions and garlic cloves in the bottom of the crockpot before adding my roast.

    My family loved it and had no idea that it was a healthier version of the original. We had it with your black bean, avocado, tomato and cucumber salad. Love your site it is helping me reach my goal weight without giving up taste.

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  55. Love pulled pork! And love a recipe that isn't going to kill any hard work I've done killing fat cells in a puddle of sweat in the gym ;)

    This little Aussie needs to source some Liquid Smoke and I'm all good. Might have to wait while it gets shipped or I brave the insanity that is the only Sydney Costco - lol. But I shall Pulled Pork this winter! Hurrah!

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  56. Question - this calls for Hickory Liquid Smoke, but I have the Mesquite Liquid Smoke. Do you think that would still be OK or should I go pick up the other kind?

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  57. Loved this. I made t over the weekend with a pork shoulder roast that I trimmed A LOT of the fat from. I did not use liquid smoke. Perfect meal to come home to after a day of lacrosse games with 3 busy,hungry kids.I make so many of your recipes,I have a notebook full of printed pages that I need to organize!!!:)
    Thanks for all your work!

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  58. Gina----every recipe and your powers and talent amaze me. I have strictly only been eating skinnytaste meals for the past two weeks and not only do I feel skinny---but my husband isn't complaining about the food I am cooking. (Strange...)

    Your recipes make it feel like we aren't trying to eat healthy. I make these pulled pork sandwiches for my parents and husband last night and they all finished it off.

    I am only going to be cooking your recipes at home. LOL. I am obsessed with you!

    On Saturday, I had some friends over. I made them your zuchinni sticks, we grilled some turkey burgers (your recipe) with the mango asian slaw, and we even had turkey meatballs. My friends actually wouldn't leave my house because all the food looked so good! Lol, and it was! All I kept telling them was "go to skinnytaste.com" and i even pulled up the website for everyone there. they were like, "woa, it actually is healthy" all confused.

    In the end of my rant and accolades to you, I would like to say how COST-EFFECTIVE all of your meals are too. I shop at Walmart, and not only is everything that you put into the meals low-fat and low-sodium, but they are basic ingredients that can even be found at walmart. I even found liquid smoke at walmart. People have commented this week , "Wow, it must be expensive to eat healthy." And I've just responded that not really. I mean a pound of beef is now $5, while a pound of ground turkey is like $3.

    Thank you Gina! When your book comes out, I am buying everyone I know your book (even my Dad, he wants to know how I made that BBQ sauce). Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! <3

    PS
    You kick hungry girls butt.
    She uses too much sweetner

    Sincerely,
    Amy Baker
    Librarian in NM

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  59. This with the BBQ sauce was AMAZING! And both were extremely easy. We used pork shoulder roast (rather than loin roast) and it came out great! Thank you so much for another great recipe. We can't wait to serve this with company over this summer!

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  60. Love the BBQ sauce and as I type the pork is in my crockpot waiting for me to go home!!! Can't wait to try it!

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  61. I made the sauce and the pork on Saturday to have for lunch on Sunday, however we ended up getting home later than we wanted on Saturday and I forgot all about it!! :( Needless to say I am making it again on Tuesday. I have made multiple meals from your site and we are never disappointed. Thank you

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  62. Hi Gina,

    I make your recipes all the time. If I don't have time to make the sauce is there a bottled version you would recommend?

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  63. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delish with the BBQ sauce recipe. Even my toddler loved it. I may adjust the smoke and vinegar to suit my tastes next time. Since I was in a hurry this morning and didn't have all of the ingredients I just coated the pork loin with a generous shake of seasoning salt and let it cook. It was perfect. :-)

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  64. This was AMAZING! I've never had such amazing BBQ sauce in my life. So thankful for you're wonderful, and delicious recipes. 99% of what I make comes off of your website. The hubby loved iras well !

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  65. I picked up a Pork Tenderloin, is this going to be ok?

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  66. I was looking at doing this recipe. My girls take piano after school on Fri. Do you think cook it on low about 3 hours instead of the last hour on High? I was thinking It would make a quick dinner if it was all done when I got home.

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  67. Can pork sirloin roast work for this as well?

    I do not cook pork so I am a newbie when it comes to that. Thanks!!!!

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  68. Made this last night and everyone loved it. Another keeper..Thank You Gina!!

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  69. Gina, did you use one cup of the BBQ sauce in the pork plus 2 tbs on your sandwich? I weighed my pork after cooking and by your measurements added one cup but it doesn't look nearly as saucy as yours. And by the way you were right about smelling it all day!!! Mmmmmmmm
    Joni

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  70. Gina... for some reason I didn't have anywhere near 3/4 cup of juices. I had a few drops. Did I do something wrong???

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  71. Just made this today and my house smells amazing. I, too, only got a few drops of juices. Followed the directions exactly. Pork still tastes amazing and I just added a little chicken stock to keep it moist. BBQ sauce is equally amazing. No one in my house can wait until dinner!

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  72. Michelle :)4/25/12, 4:45 PM

    I made this the other night and it was AMAZING. We had it for lunch the next afternoon, lunch today, and there will be some left for tomorrow for the boyfriend. It's so good and feels like anything you'd get from a BBQ restaurant. I didn't use the Hickory Smoke and I used Kraft Org. BBQ sauce, and it was SOOO yummy

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  73. I made this and Kansas City BBQ sauce and topped with the Asian Mango Slaw last night. It was amazing. Had my folks over for dinner and my Mom wants to make it for tail gates this fall. Great as always Gina.

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  74. Absolutely delicious!! The only thing I did was add 3/4 cup of water to the crockpot. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes. You are truly a life saver!

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  75. Hi Gina,
    I love your site and have loved every recipe I have tried (chicken enchiladas, chicken parm, etc.) but this is the first recipe that has not worked for me. I followed the recipe exactly, was somewhat concerned with having only 4 tsp. of liquid, but that is what I did and it all burned off, no excess drippings at all and the pork was terribly dry when I got home. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. I just made it tonight and the same thing happened to mine. There was no liquid at all (the bottom of the crockpot was actually all burnt) and the pork was somewhat dry. I'm hoping I can save it with the bbq sauce.

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  76. Wow, that pulled pork looks like perfection - it's been so long since I've had tasty pulled pork done right, so thank you for sharing this recipe. I love this so much, I'm featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure to be following your creations…

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  77. where can i find hickory liquid smoke?

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    1. Amazon sells it.

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  78. OH. MY. GOSH. This was SO good, Gina! Even my picky BBQ eater (hubby) was all over this and the simple slaw I made. THANK YOU. :) I wish I could hug you for all the great meals you've been responsible for in my house in the last month and a half. (Very Glenn Close moment, i know. ;) Still true.

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  79. Gina, is there a difference between a pork "tenderloin" and pork "loin" if there is could you use either? I have a pork tenderloin in my fridge now and would love to do this but afraid it will dry out since there really is no fat.

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    1. I've done tenderloin in the crock pot too before, you'll be fine. You might want to cut down on the cooking time because most likely if you have 1 tenderloin it is slightly under or at 1 lb in weight. The original recipe has 2.5 lbs of pork.

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  80. This and the KC BBQ sauce rocked!! And Gina....you rock! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic recipes and saving me from falling off the healthy lifestyle wagon! :D

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  81. Just finished making this I used extra lean Boneless country style ribs. It turned out great.

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  82. Hi Gina, Just want to say you and your recipes are awesome! I have a binder of all my "Gina's Recipes"....my husband says "That girl can cook!" :) We thank you for sharing your healthy and delicious recipes and for all the work you put into it. Made this pulled pork and the sauce....oh so good! Wish I would have thought to make the Bolo De Fubu cake for desert (another favorite)...next time.

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  83. First off, I want to say I love all your recipes and I recommend your site to people all the time. I am making the pulled pork for dinner tonight and was so excited! I was going back and forth from the laptop to the stove adding ingredients and I mistakenly put TABLESPOONS instead of teaspoons of the red wine vinegar, liquid smoke, sea salt and garlic powder into the crock pot with the pork. I hope that it is not ruined by being too overpowered with the seasonings. Any ideas on how to fix this? Keeping my fingers crossed, it smells delicious!

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    1. Update: It's a little salty, but still soooo good! Once I add the BBQ sauce (which is also amazing, btw) it should be fine.

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  84. Hi Gina, I am making this recipe as we speak, but just a heads up, I checked mine at the 4 hour mark and the pork was already shredding apart, so I just shredded it all up and it's on low now with the sauce mixed in. I followed the directions, I guess my crock pot may get a little hotter. My house smells AMAZING!! can't wait to dig in!!! I'm making Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos later this week. My family and I love your recipes!!

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  85. All put together in my crockpot in the fridge ready to start in the morning for dinner tomorrow! I have made this before...it is a good one!

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  86. Gina I love all your recipes and easy step by step instructions. I really want to try this one, but I don't have a crock pot. Please provide instructions on how to do this on the stove top or in the oven perhaps?

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  87. WOW!!!! I made this recipe yesterday, and we ate it tonight for dinner and all I can say is WOW!!! this was unbelievably delicious! My husband pretty much licked his plate clean. Your recipes are amazing. thank you so much for this website it is a god send!

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  88. In the crockpot as I type; smells wonderful! Hardest part of my new eating healthy lifestyle was giving up my favorite...BBQ. I'm hoping this ends today! I did substitute No Added Salt Tomato Sauce and Paste as sodium is huge for me and it cut the count way down. Can't wait to try this tonight!!

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  89. Made this recipe for a dinner party on Monday - and this was a HIT. I love being able to be in control of what I'm eating and your website really helps me do that. Your recipes are all great and I love being able to share it with others. As always thank you for another great recipe!!!

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  90. I made this over the weekend - not only was is DEEEElicious, but it was sooo easy!! My husband could not stop bragging about me and this pulled pork while we were visiting with family on Mother's Day. Looks like a winner!

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  91. SOOO GOOD!! Even without sauce!

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  92. I just finished making this though I had to make some changes.

    I couldn't find just a center cut of pork loin, I would have had to buy the half cut and then cut out the center. So instead, I decided to try pork tenderloin. I see there are a lot of questions about the tenderloin so here are my results:

    I overcooked my tenderloin :/ It still tastes palatable and my fiance with still eat it because he eats everything, but it's definitely overcooked. If you use the tenderloin, I would suggest you lower the cooking time by at least one hour if not shorter. Maybe lower it by 90 minutes and keep an eye on it. I only got about 1/4 cup of juices because I cooked it too long.

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  93. I am making this recipe right now... but the liquid is boiling in my crock pot and I'm afraid it's cooking too fast. I've lowered the temperature to low and will cook it longer. Hope it turns out tender!

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  94. I made this w/ a 4lb pork shoulder roast. I kept all the fat on the roast and picked it off after it was cooked. I used a whole batch of the Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce. My boyfriend loved this...perfect Memorial Day dinner. Thanks for the great recipes!

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  95. I made this today and it was a BIG hit! Made your BBQ sauce, too - it was sooooooo good! I love this site and use lots of your recipes. LOVE it!

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  96. HI Gina.
    I've made many things in the crock pot. Most meat recipes I believe I was able to put it in the crock pot frozen. Can this pork be started from frozen or does it need to be thawed first?

    Thanks

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  97. This was delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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  98. I'm cooking this right now and it smells delicious! I took the pork out of the cooker to shred it and only had under 1/4 cup of the juices left over... I believe the recipe said there were supposed to be 3/4 cup leftover, although there's less than that added during preparation. I was just wondering if I had done this correctly. Either way it looks like it will be a great recipe.

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  99. Gina, I made this and the meat came out really tough. I've had a hard time making slow cooker pulled pork or chicken well. Is a pork loin roast, different than a pork loin? I used a pork loin, and it did not shred well at all. Maybe my slow cooker cooks too fast? Any ideas?

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  100. Made this today using 2 lbs. pork tenderloin. Cooked it for 5 hours on high after reading comments that suggested longer would dry out. Meat shredded perfectly. I added bottled BBQ sauce (maybe I'll try homemade next time) along with what juices it made (didn't measure because I shredded right in crockpot). It's moist and flavorful. My traditional recipe uses a pork shoulder roast. I don't miss all the fat at all, I'm using tenderloin from now on! Thanks Gina.

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  101. Here's a stupid question. When I make pulled pork the recipe calls for me to cover the pork with water. It doesn't say to do that here but I just wanted to make sure it wasnt some unspoken slow cooker rule. Love your recipes by the way. Thanks for sharing all the deliciousness!

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  102. This is so wonderfully delicious! I use a 1lb loin instead and cook it for 3 hours on high. After I shred it and add the BBQ sauce, (1/2 cup) I switch my slow cooker to warm. I do not continue cooking it or it seems to dry out. My 3 y/o and 15 month old will eat the pork until they are stuffed!

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  103. I made this for my hubby's 40th party, it went over big time and was so easy to make taste amazing!

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  104. Made this today........absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for all of the great recipes!

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  105. Will this freeze ok?

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  106. Am I suppose to add 1 cup of the barbecue sauce into the crockpot with the pork initially? The instructions leaves the 1 cup of barbecue sauce out.

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  107. You add the BBQ sauce after the first round of cooking then cook for one more hour.

    I love pulled pork and this meal has been a hit every time I've made it. My guy friend said I could put our local BBQ restaurant out of business with the recipe (and this was before I told him where I got the recipe!)

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  108. I have never cooked pork before. What is the significance of center cut?

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  109. Gina, your recipes are our "go to" site. My family and I have made many of your recipes-all are fabulous! Thank you for your hard work in creating tasty, healthy recipes. We substitute Quinoa for pasta, including your mac & cheese recipes. I am making your Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for dinner tonight. Drooling as I type.....

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  110. Gina, your site is awesome and every recipe I have made from your site is delicious. I plan meals using your site almost every night of the week. With that said I made this recipe and my family loves it. My son's b-day party is this weekend and I asked him if there is a favorite food he wants me to make. He requested this one. Today I am making 4 roasts so I have a few crockpots going. My house smells so good right now.

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  111. Gina, I found organic chuck roast on sale, so I bought it just to have. Do you think I could use that instead?

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  112. I made this last night and it was wonderful! I suggest not making it when you are going to be home all day, it smelled so amazing that I was starving and wanted to eat all day!

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  113. Ok, so just to clarify the points+ value- the points are for the pork cooked in the BBQ sauce PLUS another 2 Tbsp of sauce? I just want to make sure I'm figuring it out right. :-)

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  114. Yuuuummmm! Made this tonight for a group of friends with some corn on the cob. I had lemonade with mine, made a great late-summer dinner. Delicious.

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  115. Just a tip for those making this - I used a super lean tenderloin and it was perfectly tender and falling apart after about 4 1/2hrs on high. I never knew you could get pulled pork like this from a tenderloin! Delicious : )

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  116. This was absolutely delicious pork, Gina. Thanks for the recipe and the guidance. (I will admit I fiddled with the BBQ sauce, since I come from a BBQ state! haha) Finally I make something yummy in the slow cooker, thanks to you!

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  117. Can i use country bone in ribs??

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  118. Good thing I just read the 9/28/12 reply from mp! I was going to allow the roast to cook for the length of time on directions, I decided to take a peek early @ about 5.5 hours and it was almost burnt!! Maybe I should not have removed the fat because there was zero juice and the meat seems really dry. )-: Hopefully it can be salvaged with the sauce. (And I used a pork loin roast about 2.2 lbs.) So far disappointed.

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  119. This was so good! At the last minute I realized I didn't have Worchestershire sauce so I used steak sauce. My slow cooker is pretty fast so I just cooked on high for 4 hours and then shredded the pork and refrigerated it with the sauce. So awesome! This is an instant hit. I am going to try it with a vinegar based NC BBQ sauce next time.

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  120. Yummy! I love pulled pork but have never tried it in a slow cooker! This is a definite recipe on my list to try against my fave, thanks!
    http://www.cookeatdelicious.com/barbecue-recipes/kansas-pulled-pork-recipe.html

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  121. This is FANTASTIC! Smelled good, looked good, and tasted GREAT! It's very satisfying for only 5 pts. on WW - put it on a wheat roll, with some cooked brussel sprouts as a side - love this meal. It is going to become one of my staples!

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  122. I chose this recipe to feed a ton of people at a church lunch. I have never, ever made pulled pork so it was a bit of a risk I was taking to feed that many people! The reasons I chose this one?:

    1. Skinnytaste recipes are ALWAYS good from my experience. I haven't been disappointed by a single one.
    2. It's made from scratch...even the sauce, which is delicious.
    3. Very good WW point+ value...and again, I always think your recipes are fantastic for the amount of points they are!

    It was absolutely delicious. I can't wait to make it again for my family. I chose pork tenderloins and a centre cut...the tenderloins were amazing. I am going to give it another go! I made a bunch of extra sauce, too! :)

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  123. I used Wright's Hickory Liquid Smoke because that's all they had in the store and it turned out really great. My boyfriend, who doesn't always eat healthy and certainly has consumed a plethora of pulled porks, stated it was "phenomenal". I got many compliments. Thanks for another winner.

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  124. Just made this last night and it was so delicious!! I didn't have any molasses so I almost got lazy and didn't make the sauce....so glad I went to the store and made your BBQ Sauce because it was also delicious! I am starring to use this site regularly now for meal planning. My boyfriend even loves the recipes and is always shocked when I tell him it's skinny. One thing about this recipe though....like others, I only got 1/4 cup of liquid. Still came out great though, thanks so much for for all the great recipes!

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  125. Gina, made this recipe tonight. I thought it would be something different leading into Thanksgiving. I did not remove the fat from the Pork Loin before cooking (the piece I purchased did not have much fat on it). After the pork cooked in the slow cooker for 6 hours, I placed the pork on a plate to shred it, the fat fall off first and I threw it away. I had about 1 1/2 cups of reserved liquid. I did use my smaller slow cooker, 3 quarts. The BBQ sauce was delicious. I did eliminate the liquid smoke from the BBQ. This sometimes is an overpowering flavor. The pulled pork and BBQ was delicious. My husband raved about it. Cleaned his plate! Wonderful recipes. Thank you.

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  126. Just made this for dinner...the best pulled pork that I have had by far!

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  127. sounds awesome! I want to do this with chicken instead. How many chicken breasts should I use?

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  128. I am not sure where to go to tell you that your website has radically changed my life. I am back on WW (lapsed lifetime member). Having raised 5 children and working a job I love, I had left cooking behind. Back on WW--and after purchasing TWO cookbooks, which were big disappointments, I have found your website. I have benefited more than I can say. I am cooking again--doing this recipe today, and the mini meatloaves. I love the pictures, and the freezing recipes. My husband and I thank you!

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  129. Dear Gina,
    I'm LOVING your recipes!! I made this pulled pork today and instead of liquid smoke (which I did not have, and my kids aren't real fond of it anyway) I sprinkled some smoked paprika on the pork loin and added a tablespoon of water (to compensate for the missing liquid). Everyone raved about this! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

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  130. I love this recipe, but I never get enough liquid at the end of the 6 hours, its only about 1/4 of a cup. Any idea what I can do to prevent this?

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  131. I made this today and it was so good! We bought a three pound pork long but after three hours I checked it with a meat thermometer and it was almost over-cooked, so I turned it off and let it rest for about an hour and a half. I added the barbeque sauce and cooked it again for about half an hour. So good! I definitely recommend cutting down the cooking time because you do not want it to get overcooked. We had on sandwiches with broccoli slaw and your cauliflower mash on the side. What a great meal!

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  132. I made this and it was AMAZING! I added more vinegar for us but seriously the best pork ive ever had. I made cole slaw and corn on the cob with it. So Good! I love this site, your recipes are always delicious and healthy :)

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  133. I made this and it was AMAZING! I added more vinegar for us but seriously the best pork ive ever had. I made cole slaw and corn on the cob with it. So Good! I love this site, your recipes are always delicious and healthy :)

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  134. I made this today (well overnight) and it was fantastic!!! I am attempting to make at least one of your recipes a week for the New Year!

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  135. Gina- my pork is frozen. Should I add extra cook time?

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  136. Just a warning - know your slow cooker!!! I was skeptical about the lack of liquid, but based on all successes in the comments above I decided to give it a try. By the first hour there was a nice layer of liquid on the bottom and I was thrilled. It DOES smell amazing. BUT I left the house and when I came back at almost 5 hours into the 6 hour cooking time the liquid had dried and burnt to a crisp with smoke coming from the slow cooker. I removed the burnt parts of the pork and although it was very dry the flavor seemed to have potential. The BBQ sauce is delicious! I may try it again. Next time I'll only prepare it when I'm going to be at home and I'll either cook it on Low or reduce the time.

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  137. I made this tonight and it was so delicious. The simple ingredients ended up with amazing flavor! I was skeptical about not having enough cooking liquid but it was perfect. This will be my go to method for cooking pulled pork! My whole family loved it. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  138. I made this today (for dinner tonight) and like earlier posts I had plenty of liquid until about hour 5 and then it started to dry up. Luckily I noticed and added a teeny bit of water and took out the pork for shredding. So mine cooked on high 5 hours and then the last hour in the bbq sauce - which is amazing and worth the time to make!! The smell in the house is amazing!!!!! At first I thought the bbq sauce would be too sweet but added to the pork it is the right balance. My husband is so excited about this recipe.

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  140. LOVE! Made this along with your twice baked potatoes (my BF is a big eater) and it was a hit!!! Already planning on making it again. Thanks so much for your recipes, I look forward to checking your site every morning :)

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  141. Made this 2 nights ago with a 3.5lb pork shoulder roast. So easy and delicious. Used the BBQ sauce linked on the page, was very easy to make, never made a BBQ sauce before. Followed another poster's idea of shredding in the Kitchen Aid Mixer and was super fast. Ended up using the whole recipe of sauce for the roast I cooked and was perfect. 4 of us ate almost half the recipe and the rest went into the freezer for another quick dinner in a few weeks. Served with Gina's Asian Cabbage Slaw. Aloha, Kiara

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  142. My sister told me about your website, and it is amazing! I used several of your recipes for my super bowl party. Everyone was surprised when I told them how "skinny" all of my dishes were. I am going to make this tonight, and surprise my hubby with a skinny pulled pork! I am so excited! Plus, I don't have to cook the pork before putting it in the crock pot. Thank you! And keep up the good work!

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  143. This was a complete disaster yesterday. The pork cooked but did not shred like it was supposed to...any thoughts? It was a bit dry and "chunky."

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  144. Wonderful recipes, Gina! I've made several of your recipes and have really enjoyed them. My 3 year old liked the baked chicken nuggets so much that she wanted me to make them for breakfast!! I made this once before which was so good, but didn't have the liquid smoke so I'm excited to try it again! I had a question about the pulled pork. If I use a larger piece of meat should I times the recipe say 3 times if I make 7 1/2 pounds of meat? Thanks for all your fun ideas and helpful hints!

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  145. Wonderful recipes, Gina! I've made several of your recipes and have really enjoyed them. My 3 year old liked the baked chicken nuggets so much that she wanted me to make them for breakfast!! I made this once before which was so good, but didn't have the liquid smoke so I'm excited to try it again! I had a question about the pulled pork. If I use a larger piece of meat should I times the recipe say 3 times if I make 7 1/2 pounds of meat? Thanks for all your fun ideas and helpful hints!

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  146. this looks amazing!

    if i have an unthawed tenderloin at home and not a roast, would i be able to make this?

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  147. I have never had a bad experience with your recipes, but today was time for a first, I guess. I put my pork into the crock pot like the recipe said, and six hours later it is completely inedible. I can't even shred it because it is so dried out, and there is no liquid left. I don't feel like I did anything wrong, so it must be a discrepancy between our crock pots. Mine is obviously manufactured by the devil and operates only at Hell temperatures.

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  148. Gina, my husband went shopping for the pork center cut. He got that but got a barbecue flavored version which says it already has smoke flavoring. We also bought the liquid smoke. Will having the barbecue flavored pork change the calories/fat or change the amount of any of the ingredients needed? We can always return for a regular. Thanks!!

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  149. Does anyone else know the answer to the above comment about the barbecue flavored pork? We want to make it tonight! Will it change the fat/calories/etc and do we still use the liquid smoke?

    Thank you!

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  150. My house smells fantastic. I made the Kansas City barbecue sauce followed by homemade potato rolls. So good! Now if Friday will just hurry up & get here to have the pulled pork.

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  151. Perfect! I am so making this this weekend for my son's 1st birthday. Thanks so much for the recipe. My mouth is watering looking at your pictures. Pinning now.. making friday! :) I'll let you know how they turn out!

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

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