If you’re eating low carb, you need to put these slow cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps on the menu! The recipe takes just 10 minutes to put together and your slow cooker takes care of the rest! This recipe pairs perfectly with our crunchy Broccoli Slaw!
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Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.
Pulled pork is a staple meal in our house – we make it pretty often and love to try different flavor combinations. We usually serve it up with wraps or buns and coleslaw of some sort.
However, for a low carb pulled pork wrap, why not use lettuce leaves? Serve with our crunchy broccoli slaw and you will not miss the carbs!
If you’re a long time reader of The Purple Pumpkin Blog you will know that I LOVE using my slow cooker, Being able to throw everything into the pot, then set it and forget it is such an easy way of cooking!
This easy pulled pork recipe, which you can make in your slow cooker, is full of savory flavor thanks to ingredients including rosemary, paprika, fennel, and cayenne.
It only takes 10 minutes to put together, so after that, you’re free to do something else while your slow cooker transforms it into a nearly effortless melt-in-your-mouth dish your family will love.
For even tastier results, allow the pork to sit in its yummy juices once you’ve pulled it apart. This will allow it to absorb even more of that great flavor!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
You may already have some of the basic ingredients for this recipe – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.
For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
- Pork Shoulder – read my notes below.
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Dried Rosemary
- Smoked Paprika
- Cayenne Pepper
- Ground Fennel Seeds
- Cocoa Powder – adds a dark richness to the sauce. Use an unsweetened variety.
- Chicken Broth/Stock – sugar-free if this is a dietary requirement for you. Can be store-bought or homemade.
- Iceberg Lettuce – the leaves are used instead of regular wheat or corn tortilla wraps.
What is the Best Cut of Meat for Pulled Pork?
You might be thinking you can use any cut of pork for pulled pork recipes, but you would, unfortunately, be wrong – not all pork joints are created equal!
Pork shoulder, also known as pork butt, or Boston butt in the US, is the absolute best because it has a good amount of fat that melts away to yield delicious pulled pork.
I always buy boneless pork shoulder and remove the thick layer of fat and skin. However, don’t discard it – score the skin, season, and roast it for some delicious pork crackling!
I remove the fat and skin layer because I don’t want all of that floating around my pulled pork – but some of the fat is a GOOD thing (this is why a cut like pork loin is not good for pulling). The key here is using a sharp knife, and going slowly, cutting away the fat layer carefully without taking away delicious pork meat!
If the meat you buy has the bone-in, you can still make the recipe – just remove the bone when you start to pull the pork. Alternatively, ask your butcher to remove the bone, and the skin/fat layer for you (which you can use to make crackling – see above!).
Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).
More Recipes Using Pork
One of the hero ingredients in this recipe is pork, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Easy Chinese Boiled Pork Dumplings for Chinese New Year
- Apple and Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- Amazing Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with a Fresh Plum Sauce
More Pulled Pork Recipes
Looking for more pulled pork inspo? Check these recipes out next:
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork
- Chinese-Style Pulled Pork
- Slimming World Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges
How Do I Make Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink).
- Combine all spices and the cocoa in a small bowl and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Rub the spice mix all over the pork shoulder and transfer to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker pot. Add the chicken broth to the pot and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6.
- Once the cooking time is complete, use two forks to pull the pork apart while it is still in the slow cooker pot. Allow the pulled pork to remain in the juices with the slow cooker set to “warm” for 20-30 minutes to absorb more flavor.
- To serve, fill each lettuce leaf with some crunchy broccoli slaw and top with some pulled pork. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 764Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 205mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 55g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the main dish, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal! (Not all may be low carb)
- Appetizer: Balsamic Mozzarella Stuffed Grape Tomatoes
- Side Dish: Broccoli Slaw
- Beverage: Blackberry Vodka Cocktail
- Dessert: Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too!