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Southern Pulled Pork Bowls

Southern Pulled Pork Bowls come together so easily with less than 20 minutes of prep time! Let the slow cooker or Instant Pot do the work for you in this tasty dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Dairy-Free, gluten-free, Paleo
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 341 kcal
Author Amy Rains


For the Pulled Pork:

  • 3 lbs Pork tenderloin
  • 1.5 cups BBQ Sauce*
  • 1/3 cup Buffalo hot sauce**

For the Slaw:

  • 6 cups shredded cabbage***
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Optional add-ins:

  • 1/2 cup sliced bread and butter pickles (or pickled jalapenos for extra kick!)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion


For the Pulled Pork:

  1. Trim the visible collagen layer off the pork tenderloin, and any visible fat. Place inside the slow cooker.

  2. Pour the BBQ sauce and buffalo sauce on top of the pork. Secure the lid, and slow cook for 7-8 hours on low heat. After cook time is complete, stir the sauce and shred the pork with a fork.

For the slaw:

  1. Cut the cabbage into thin strips, or use a pre-packaged bag of cabbage slaw. Toss in the chopped fresh cilantro.

  2. In a small container with a lid, mix the oil, vinegar, syrup, garlic, salt, and pepper. Shake until completey combined. Pour on top of the cabbage/cilantro. Toss to combine

For the bowls:

  1. Serve by layering with the prepared slaw, then the pork. Top with additional items like pickles or jalapenos, red onion, or more cilantro.

Recipe Notes

*You can opt for unsweetened BBQ Sauce which is Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Whole30 approved

**If you enjoy things a little spicier, you can add an additional 1/4 cup.

***I use a prepackaged slaw mix that includes shredded carrots. If slicing your own cabbage, you can use about 1/2 of a head of purple cabbage, and 1/2 head of green cabbage. 

Nutrition Facts
Southern Pulled Pork Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 637mg28%
Potassium 981mg28%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 933IU19%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.