Sugar Free BBQ Pulled Pork with Broccoli Slaw

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I recently saw one of those click-bait type posts on Facebook about a two-ingredient BBQ sauce and I was intrigued. The recipe used ketchup and a can of soda… not exactly what I think of for a solid BBQ sauce, but it got me thinking maybe I could use a can of stevia-sweetened soda to create a simple sugar free BBQ sauce for our family’s favorite slow cooked pulled pork. The result was yummy, y’all! 

Fun little side note: in Texas we usually say “coke” when we mean soda or pop. As in, “Want a coke Jo Bob?” “Sure, Cleetus!” “What kind Jo Bob?” “Dr. Pepper.” Makes no sense. But that’s what we do. I say soda because I spent a little time up north as a teenager and people were looking at me weird. 

I don’t know why I’ve been intimidated to make my own BBQ sauce. I think it may be because around here you’ll have some fellas closely guard the secret to their own personal sauce recipe, like it’s a national security thing. Texans can get a little weird about BBQ. Once I made up my mind to try it and got in the kitchen, I was surprised by how easy it was to throw together a darn good sauce. But I’m not like those other guys, I’m going to share my recipe with you. In fact, with this post you get two recipes! I paired this tender pork with a creamy broccoli slaw and it was just fabulous. You have to try it!

For this pulled pork recipe I like to use a large pork shoulder roast. There’s a pretty big bone in there, but it is easily removed after the pork has cooked. If you’d like, I think this recipe would be wonderful with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You could even use a regular beef roast. 

Sugar Free BBQ Pulled Pork with Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients: 

For the BBQ Sauce:

ingredients for sugar free bbq sauce

In a large bowl, mix together tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, and liquid aminos. 

making sugar free bbq sauce

Then add seasonings and mix well.

making sugar free bbq sauce

Next, if you’d like, add about 1/2 the bottle of liquid smoke

making sugar free BBQ sauce

Mix well, then add 1 can stevia sweetened soda. Whatever flavor floats your boat will work. I think a Dr. Pepper flavor gives it that brown sugar sort of taste. A citrus flavored soda might be nice for a lighter meat like chicken. 

making sugar free BBQ sauce with stevia sweetened soda

Mix well. Now, since this is a slow cooker recipe and that means I need to get this in the Crock Pot in the morning, I like to make the sauce the night before. I’m not fully functional in the morning. I can barely speak until 10 a.m. most days. If I make the sauce the night before I’ll wait to add the soda until the morning. When ready to cook, place a large pork roast into the Crock Pot and pour prepared Sugar Free BBQ sauce over the pork roast.

slow cooked pulled pork with sugar free bbq sauce

Allow to cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

slow cooked pork roast with sugar free BBQ sauce

Remove any large bones or gristly and fatty pieces if needed – then use a fork to shred the meat while still in the juices. Then use a ladle to remove most of the liquid into a small sauce pot. Bring sauce to a low boil and cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll reduce the liquid by almost half and it will be slightly thicker. Give it a little taste (careful, it’s hot) and add more sweetener or seasoning if desired. It’s best to taste the liquid after reducing because the flavors are more developed. 

reduced Collage

If you’d like your sauce to be a little thicker after reducing, you can whisk in 1/2 teaspoon of Glucomannan. Whisk for a full minute, then allow to sit for five minutes, give it a few stirs and you should be good to go. You can spoon this yumminess all over your pulled pork. Store any additional sauce in the fridge for 3 days to a week. 

Pulled Pork with Sugar Free BBQ Sauce
No need for all that sugar with this stevia-sweetened sauce!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  2. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  4. Liquid Smoke - optional
  5. 1 can stevia sweetened soda
  6. 3-4 packets stevia sweetener, or a "doonk" or two of the Trim Healthy Mama Pure Stevia, or a teaspoon of Trim Healthy Mama Sweet Blend
  7. 2 tablespoons onion powder
  8. 1 tablespoon paprika
  9. 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  10. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  11. 1 teaspoon pepper
  12. Additional salt as needed - give it a taste first!
  13. 1 large pork roast
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, and liquid aminos.
  2. Then add seasonings and mix well.
  3. Next, if you'd like, add about 1/2 the bottle of liquid smoke.
  4. Mix well, then add 1 can stevia sweetened soda.
  5. Mix well. Then, place a large pork roast into the Crock Pot and pour prepared Sugar Free BBQ sauce over the pork roast.
  6. Allow to cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  7. Remove any large bones or gristly and fatty pieces if needed - then use a fork to shred the meat while still in the juices.
  8. Then use a ladle to remove most of the liquid into a small sauce pot. Bring sauce to a low boil and cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally
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disclaimerYou can enjoy this flavorful pulled pork alone just fine – but you will LOVE it paired with this super delicious broccoli slaw recipe. It’s really easy to make and the creamy tanginess is sublime with the smokey sweet pork, plus a little bit of crunch is nice. 

Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients: 

ingredients for broccoli slaw

In a large bowl add mayo, vinegar, onion, and seasoning. 

making broccoli slaw

Mix well, then add broccoli slaw and mix again until well coated. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

sugar free broccoli slaw

Creamy Broccoli Slaw
This tangy, creamy broccoli slaw is sugar free!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag prepared broccoli slaw mix
  2. 3/4 cup on plan mayo - you can make your own!
  3. 2-3 tablespoons finely grated or chopped purple onion
  4. 2 stevia packets
  5. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  7. 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add mayo, vinegar, onion, and seasoning.
  2. Mix well, then add broccoli slaw and mix again until well coated.
  3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
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Pulled Pork with Sugar Free BBQ Sauce and creamy Broccoli Slaw from thecoersfamily.com

And there you have it! One dynamite meal, full of flavor – with no added sugar. This is an S (satisfying) meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan due to the healthy fats in the meat and the broccoli slaw. Be sure to Pin This recipe to save for those blissful summer get-togethers!

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork with Sugar Free BBQ Sauce and a creamy Broccoli Slaw from thecoersfamily.com

18 thoughts on “Sugar Free BBQ Pulled Pork with Broccoli Slaw

  1. Brenda

    THM questions
    1. Would the bbq sauce be an FP in and of itself?
    2. Could the creamy Broccolli Slaw be FP, S, or E depending on the mayo used? In other words, all ingredients except the mayo are FP, right?

    1. Amanda Coers

      Hi Brenda, yes ma’am the BBQ sauce (depending on the fat content of the meat used) could be FP and with a change to the mayo the slaw could also be FP.

  2. Joanne

    Hi Amanda! Thank you posting this sugar free recipe! And, I had to chuckle at your comment about not being fully functional in the morning! Definitely me!!

  3. Briana Thomas

    Mmm…this sounds amazing, Amanda! I will definitely be sharing it.

  4. Cheryl O.

    I made the barbecue over the weekend – super yum! Thanks. 🙂

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  6. Pat

    What other sides can we have with this a keep it a S meal? I am just starting and trying to wrap my mind around this 🙂 Thanks so much!!

  7. lindaleelaughing

    What is the ‘pocket’ bread that you are stuffing this into? I don’t see it listed …

    1. Amanda Coers

      That’s a Joseph’s brand pita 🙂

  8. Jo Schneider

    How many people does this BBQ recipe serve?

  9. Nikki

    Where do you find liquid smoke? Going to make this for my pork loving hubby! Lol😉

  10. jessica

    HI Amanda! How many of the FP blondies are we allowed per serving?

  11. Jessica

    How many blondies per serving?

  12. Jennifer

    This comment is for the slow cooker pork with gravy that links to these comments. We really enjoyed it with radishes, onions and mushrooms. The gravy was incredible! I think I can drink it straight! I added parmesan to the gravy. 🙂

  13. Martha Brown

    Hi Amanda 🙂 The recipes look tempting. I have a dear friend using THM and has lost so much weight. Would it be possible to list the nutritional information with the recipes? I’m diabetic and I need to know that info. Thank you!

    1. Amanda Coers

      Hi Martha 🙂 I’d love to be able to do that, but I’m afraid there would be the possibility of being inaccurate with such important information like that, and also I often don’t have time for detailed analysis of the recipes to break them down that way.

      1. Martha Brown

        Thank you Amanda! I understand! I will still enjoy your site and try some recipes!

  14. Cheryl Horner

    I have the sauce mixed together but don’t have any liquid smoke. The way it is, it tastes more like pizza sauce(too much of a tomato taste) to me. Will the liquid smoke make it taste more like bbq? Thanks so much.


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