Can I tell you how much I love the crock pot/slow cooker? It’s an amazing invention. You just throw all of the ingredients in, set the heat to what you want and then leave for work. When you get home dinner is ready! That’s a whole lotta time saved from meal prepping and it can now be used to do other things.
PaleoJoe and I were at Whole Foods the other day and we were just perusing the meat section and I saw that pork shoulder butt was on sale. What a deal! I got one and this is the recipe:
PULLED PORK LETTUCE WRAPS
1 – Pork Shoulder Butt (bone in or boneless. Doesn’t matter. Also, get one that will fit the size crock pot that you have, or for how many people you are going to feed.)
1 onion (sliced in 1/8’s)
4-5 whole cloves of garlic (smashed)
1 small can of tomato paste (I was going to used diced tomatoes, but was out. This works just as well. You know what you can also use to give it a kick? Canned green chiles or even fresh chiles diced. ooohhh!!!)
Seasoning (Use whatever you like! The ones pictured are what I used. What’s not pictured: Tamari and Chardonnay/White Wine)
Lettuce (Not sure what kind we used, but you can use any kind.)
1 tomato (Seeded and Diced)
1 whole onion sliced into rings
3-4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 red bell pepper (seeded and sliced into strips)
2-3 tablespoons of Ghee/Coconut Oil/Butter/Olive Oil
1. Season the meat all over and put in crock pot.
2. If your veggies aren’t prepped then prep them now. Put them in crock pot with meat.
3. If you’re using wine or and other liquid, put them in crock pot. (Too be honest, you don’t need to put much liquid to the pot. The condensation plus the fat from the pork will keep it moist.)
4. Put lid on crock pot and set it on low for 8-10 hours. Or high for 4-6 hours.
5. When the meat is cooked, take it out and put it in a bowl.
6. Using two forks, pull/shred the pork. It will be nice and tender so you shouldn’t have any trouble at all. (Optional: Pour some of the liquid from the crock pot into the bowl with the meat. This way the meat has more flavor and there will also be more moisture.)
7. Now for the options. The tomatoes we kept fresh and were put in a bowl. The rest were sauteed with Ghee in a frying pan on medium high heat. Onions first (5 mins or until caramelized), Bell pepper next (3-5 minutes), and then garlic (2 minutes). If you want to top your lettuce wrap with cheese, sour cream, etc. that’s all on you buddy. 🙂
8. Wash and separate your lettuce leaves.
9. Set everything on the table.
10. Make your lettuce wrap how you like it. Want more meat than veggies? GO FOR IT!! Go ahead and chow on down!!
Note: They’re going to get kind of messy, so I would suggest napkins or paper towels. Again, you can use any seasoning that you like. Just have the Montreal Seasoning? Use that!! Don’t like or have wine? Then opt out of it! Well what about Tamari? Use soy sauce or even worcestershire sauce instead. Those last two aren’t very Paleo friendly though. Use whatever you like if you know that you’re going to like it. Just make sure to taste it in the end to make sure it’s what you wanted. ENJOY!