I was at the store last week and found an awesome looking pork butt roast (bone-in) for an equally awesome price. No, we don’t get all of our meat locally, but we try to get as much as possible. This was exceptional though–I got an almost 3-pound roast for less than $5. Can’t beat that! I decided to braise it all day in the slow cooker and mix it with an apple-tomato chutney, rather than the traditional barbecue sauce. Sound good? That’s because it was!
The lovely-looking butter lettuce leaves made a great vehicle for the pulled pork. And speaking of pulling pork, have you learned the easiest way to pull pork yet? Remove any bones, cut into big hunks, and toss into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Turn it on and within a couple minutes: pork is pulled. Voila!
Pulled Pork with Apple Chutney (Whole30 Compliant)
2-3 pound pork butt roast
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
4 C broth
2 bay leaves
2 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp tomato paste
6 slices bacon, cooked to crispy and chopped
1.- Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork butt roast. When pan is hot, brown meat on all sides until a crust starts to form (about 2-3 minutes per side). Place roast in slow cooker and cover with onions, broth, and bay leaves. Cook on low for 5-7 hours (or on high for 3-4 hours). Remove pork (and any bones), pull, reserve broth, and return pork to slow cooker on the “warm” setting with 1/4 to 1/2 C of reserved broth.
2.- Meanwhile…add apples, cinnamon, salt, and 1/4 C of reserved broth to a medium saucepan, covered. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and let simmer until apples are soft. Once soft, remove lid and allow most of the remaining liquid to cook off (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher (or in a blender/food processor). Stir in tomato paste and bacon, and season more if needed.
3.- Pour apple mixture into slow cooker with pulled pork, mix well, and allow to heat through if needed. Serve alone or on lettuce. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.