As most of you know, Superbowl (a.k.a. Any-Excuse-To-Have-A-Party) was last Sunday. We had some friends over and it was so much fun! We had a great spread of snacks and I made my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork as a main dish with Twice Baked Cauliflower on the side. Both were hits! I don't remember where I got the original recipe, but in the past couple of years I've tweaked it to perfection, at least in my opinion, so I'm calling it my own :) Since we're using pork loin instead of the usual pork butt or shoulder and diet soda instead of sugary regular soda, it's much leaner and lower calorie than other pulled pork recipes yet still delicious!
Cooking spray or Olive Oil Spritzer (Misto)
1 cup diet cola (I like Coke Zero or Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry)
1 cup barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's is a favorite of mine)
1 large onion, diced
2 pounds pork loin
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. chili powder (you can use less if you so desire)
Salt and pepper to taste
Spritz some olive oil or cooking spray into a nonstick skillet. Brown the pork loin on all sides until lightly golden (a few minutes for each side). Place the roast into the bottom of a regular sized slow cooker. Mix together remaining ingredients (diet cola, barbecue sauce, onion, garlic powder and chili powder) in a bowl and pour over pork. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. The pork is done when it falls apart easily when you stick a fork in it. Place cooked pork into a large bowl and shred with 2 forks, adding the cooking juice as needed to moisten and flavor. Discard the remaining cooking juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. I always mix in a little extra barbecue sauce (not included in nutritional information). I like to serve this on a bun or roll and I've even been known to make tacos with it. The leftovers freeze and reheat just fine.
Nutritional Information (from Mastercook): Per Serving: 122 Calories; 4g Fat (33.5% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 36mg Cholesterol; 230mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
WW = 3 Points+
WW = 3 Points+