We don’t always have the time or energy to make lunch everyday, which makes it easy to just give up being healthy and order a take-out burger and fries. But don’t fall off that healthy wagon just yet because here’s a recipe that’s both delicious and nutritious AND requires very little effort and time on your part! This Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork is perfect for when you know you’re going to be busy or tired the next day because all you need to do is throw the pork in a slow cooker overnight and the next day it’ll be deliciously warm and juicy ready for you to eat, which saves you from having to cook anything! Plus the slow cooker does all the work for you because all you need to do is put the pork and some other ingredients into the machine and your work is done! You can just enjoy the delicious soft and tender meat, which goes great on its own or in a sandwich or wrap. And if you have a little time you can whip up some tasty Japanese plum sauce that pairs perfectly with the tender pork.
I often don’t have the time or energy to cook dinner or lunch so this slow-cooker pulled pork is perfect for me. Sometimes I will put chuck the pork into the slow-cooker in the morning so while I’m working, the slow-cooker is working too and my dinner is ready when I get home. Or sometimes I like to have it for lunch so I’ll put the pork in overnight so it’s ready and warm in the morning for me to put in a lunchbox and take to work. It’s much easier than buying some pork chops and having to stand by the grill and cook them, this way while the pork is in the slow-cooker you can still be working and doing what you have to do. It’s also a very healthy meal that gives you a great dose of protein and pork is a great source of vitamins and minerals like zinc, iron, and B12! Also, I used pork fillet because it has less fat, but you can use whatever type of pork you like.
The pulled pork can also be used in so many ways: you can put in a sandwich, a wrap, a salad, a hamburger, anything! It also goes great with this Japanese plum sauce that only takes about 5 minutes to make! Just use the leftover liquid in the slow-cooker after cooking the pork, mix it with some sugar (or a healthier alternative like stevia, which is what I used) then mix it all together and cook it over low heat. So the sauce is super simple to make just like the pork and it’ll give the pork a tasty extra flavour!
- 400 g Pork fillet
- 16 Dried prunes
- 3 cm Ginger thinly sliced
- 1 Clove of garlic thinly sliced
- 4 Small stalks of celery with leaves on it the end bits of celery
- 2 Star anise
- 3/4 cup White wine
- 2 cups Vegetable stock
- 2 tsp Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Leftover liquid from slow-cooker after meat is done
- 1 tsp of sugar
- Heat the olive oil in a fry pan and lightly brown the outside of the pork.
- Put the pork into the slow cooker along with all the other dry ingredients.
- Pour the liquid (wine and stock) over the top of everything.
- Cook it in the slow cooker for about 7-8 hours overnight on the low setting.
- Once it's cooked, take the pork out and pull it apart.
- Pour the leftover liquid from the slow cooker into a small sauce pan along with 1 tsp of sugar.
- Bring the sauce to boil then turn the heat off and beat the sauce with an electric hand mixer/beater.
*Recipe serves 4 people. Nutrition doesn’t include the sauce.