Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Tenderloin
with slaw and avocados
We know you want to ring in 2015 with flavorful pulled pork! Get dressed up and enjoy it with a glass of champagne.
Smarts: We're doubling for an easy and warm New Year's Day soup.
- Pork tenderloins - 2 1/2 lbs
- Chili powder - 2 tsp
- Coriander - 2 tsp
- Cumin - 1 1/2 tsp
- Paprika - 1 tsp
- Maple syrup - 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp
- Apple cider vinegar - 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp
- Red cabbage - 4 cups, sliced
- Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
- Avocados - 1, cubed
- Limes - 1/2, sliced into wedges
- Pork tenderloins - Divide into smaller pieces. We want to increase the surface area for more flavor to seep in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
- Make flavoring - Mix together chili powder, coriander, cumin, paprika, first part of maple syrup and first part of apple cider vinegar.
- Slow-cook pork - Optional step, sear pork pieces in some heated oil until golden. Transfer to slow-cooker with the flavoring, and slow-cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.
- Cabbage - Slice. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
- Make slaw - Mix together second part of apple cider vinegar, second part of maple syrup, and oil. Toss cabbage with dressing and some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- When pork is done, break it apart with a fork and return to slow-cooker and let sit in its juices for ~15 more minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and any of the other spices.
- Cube avocado. Enjoy pulled pork top with slaw, avocado, and lime wedges. Reserve 1/3 of the pulled pork for tomorrow’s soup.
The meatballs themselves were not very flavorful. The sauce was fine. We added a dollop of sour cream. We ate frozen peas as a side--it would have been nice to have a coordinated veggie option in addition to the sauce.0 Helpful
Didn't add rice. Enjoyed it!0 Helpful
The sauce is delicious which really makes the meal! I suggest adding a little bit of sour cream before serving. I skipped the rice. Next time I will use turkey instead of pork.0 Helpful
Did this on the stove since I was only cooking for two. Added an egg and breadcrumbs to the meatballs like some people suggested. Also added a couple chipotles to the sauce, since some were saying it was a bit bland. Came out delicious! Need to come up with something more creative than rice to serve them with though.0 Helpful
Could be spicier, but the flavor was excellent.0 Helpful
I did as several other reviewers suggested and added an egg & breadcrumbs to the meatballs, which I also made with ground beef instead of pork, because I had it on hand. Not dry at all, and very yummy. My husband & both said we would serve it a little differently next time, with more veggies.0 Helpful