Monday, April 21, 2014

Slow-Cooker Pulled BBQ Pork Tenderloin

My son is getting to the age where he asks those awkward/funny/I-have-no-idea-how-to-answer-you kind of questions. Tonight at dinner he asked where his eye-balls came from. do you explain that to a 3 year old? 

We tried to tell him that he was born with them, but he insisted that he picked them up at a store. And then he went on to tell us how there are separate stores for blue eyes, brown eyes, and green eyes. And then he said that I must have gone to a special store for my eyes because they are so big. What a charmer. 

Family dinners can be so entertaining. At least he didn't tell me that my food was disgusting or stinky (his two new favorite words). He actually devoured this meal. So did my 1 year old. 

I guess my family loves pulled pork smothered in BBQ sauce. Unfortunately, it isn't always the healthiest thing to eat since it is usually made with pork shoulder. Pork shoulder tastes great but can be quite fatty. Pork tenderloin, on the other hand, is very lean. 

At first I was worried that the pork tenderloin would turn out dry and stringy because of the leanness, but the slow-cooker and BBQ sauce kept this pulled pork moist and flavorful. 

Another bonus is that it took less than 5 minutes to throw together. No trimming or searing necessary. Just sprinkle the seasonings over the top, pour on some BBQ sauce, and let the slow-cooker do all the work. 

Slow-Cooker Pulled BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Servings: 8

2.5 lb. pork tenderloin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
18 oz. bottle BBQ sauce
Salt and pepper
Rolls/buns for serving

Place the pork tenderloin in the bottom of the slow-cooker. Sprinkle the garlic powder and onion powder over the top. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the BBQ sauce over the top. 

Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until the pork is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork. Shred the pork with two forks. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Serve with rolls/buns and extra BBQ sauce on the side.

(Gluten-free option: Eat in a lettuce cup or on a baked potato.)

Source: adapted from allrecipes

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