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Barbecued Pulled Pork is a classic sandwich. Find out how to make pulled pork a little healthier with this sugar-free homemade barbecue sauce recipe! Fits Paleo and Whole30 diet plans.
In trying to eat a healthier, more natural diet for our mealtimes, one of the main things I missed was barbecue sauce. I love grilled barbecued chicken, barbecued pulled pork…and hamburgers with barbecue flavor? The best.
After I got over griping and complaining that I couldn’t buy a bottled barbecue sauce and pour it over all of my meat, I decided to go looking for a sugar-free homemade barbecue sauce that fit with our Whole30 eating plan.
I’ll have to admit that when I first started making this Sugar Free Homemade Barbecued Pulled Pork, I was a little leery and really had not much hope for it. You throw a bunch of ingredients in the blender and end up with a liquid that doesn’t look like barbecue sauce and doesn’t taste like it, either. But don’t let those facts discourage you. The sauce just needs time to develop it’s flavor during cooking.
What happens with this barbecued pulled pork sauce when it cooks in the slow cooker all day with pork is just amazing. You end up with very tender pork that is simmered in a barbecued flavor sauce that is actually good for you. This meat (minus the bun!) fits Paleo, diabetic, and gluten-free eating diets. And it is a great homemade substitute for barbecue sauce!
You’ll love that this barbecue sauce is sweetened with pineapple. It’s genius, really, since one of the things that makes barbecue sauce so good is its sweet and tangy flavor.
Don’t be afraid to try this barbecue sauce on other things, too. Serve it over a baked potato or spaghetti squash. Wrap it in a tortilla or stuff it in pita bread. One important thing though…this sauce needs to cook down for awhile. If you are putting it in the slow cooker with chicken, beef, or pork? Great! Let it cook all day. Want to marinate chicken in the sauce and grill out? After blending the sauce, put it in a saucepan and let it simmer on the stove (uncovered) over medium low heat for about 30-45 minutes. This will allow the flavors to blend and the sauce to cook down a bit. Then marinate your meat in the sauce as normal.
Enjoy this healthier take on a classic sandwich!
Adapted from The Lucky Penny Blog
Loved this recipe! I used the instant pot and cooked for 90 min. on high and it came out perfect!
It was so vinegary 😛 I had to take out some of the sauce at the end and add Newman’s BBQ Sauce (which does have cane sugar but is GF). I would make it again but maybe with more pineapple? Not sure but it tasted like vinegar to me.
This recipe was good, I enjoyed it, it was just not what i expected. I could taste the pineapple…that being said…don’t expect it to taste like a BBQ that you think…i followed directions exactly other than i used fresh pineapple because i don’t do added sugar which canned pineapple usually has…it was delicious but i would call this Hawaiian BBQ..thats more like it tastes like..
I didn’t have any pineapple so I used peaches instead. The sauce tastes great! Thanks for the recipe!
I am on day 17 of my whole 30 and have been CRAVING Barbeque. This had a great Hawaiian kick to it. I didn’t have any spicy mustard on hand, so I subbed it for equal parts Mina Harissa Moroccan red pepper sauce. Still added a great, spicy kick to balance out the sweetness.
Do all of the ingredients listed other than the pork go in the barbecue sauce?
I tried this recipe and loved it! Pineapple great area to give it naturally a sweet taste without any added sugar!
I made too much sauce how long can I keep it in the fridge or does it freeze well?
How many does this recipe serve? I’m making pulled pork for a potluck.
Thinking of using fresh pineapples rather than the canned. The canned ones have sugar in it, right? Or is there any brand without sugar?
This looks so yummy! But would it be possible to do this in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot? If so then how long would it take?
The recipe says a can of pineapple. What size can?