Time to break out the Crock-Pot and get ready to create a delicious, low-calorie version of a classic dish.  This Low Cal Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe will serve just the perfect finger-licking flavor! That’s what you’ll expect in this Low Cal Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe. You will be needing a slow cooker to prepare this, which makes it easier than ever!

Low Cal Pulled Pork Sandwich

Low-Calorie Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

Traditional North Carolina pulled pork is dressed with nothing more than a bit of spicy cider vinegar. Spicy cider vinegar is usually to accentuate the meat’s flavor, not mask it. Unfortunately, when restaurants interpret this dish for a national audience, they use the same cheap trick unleashed on barbecued beef and racks of ribs: a bucket of sickeningly sweet sauce made from a slurry of sugar, corn syrup, and other insulin-spiking ingredients. The result: A single sandwich with as many calories as three Big Macs!

Eat This Tip – Low Cal Pulled Pork Sandwich

Not satisfied going the way of the Crock-Pot with your pork shoulder? Ed Mitchell, the chef at The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina, provides the details for an authentic, yet home-friendly smoked shoulder: Build a large charcoal fire on one side of the grill (called banking). Top the charcoal with a big handful of soaked hickory chips. On the other side, place a pan to catch meat drippings. Add the pork to the side with the pan, place the lid on top, and cook for 4 hours, refreshing the fire and the wood chips if the heat or the smoke dies down.

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Low Cal Pulled Pork Sandwich

This Low Cal Pulled Pork Sandwich is a perfectly easy, filling weeknight dinner. It is healthy, with half the calories of a restaurant version.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 430 kcal


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder (4–5 lb)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1⁄2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1⁄2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 12 hamburger buns (preferably Martin's Potato Rolls)
  • coleslaw


  • Heat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  • Cut the pork into 2 or 3 big pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the oil to the pan, and when hot, sear the pieces of pork until thoroughly browned on the outside. Remove the pork and place in a slow cooker.
  • Add the vinegar to the hot pan and deglaze, scraping any bits of browned meat stuck to the bottom.
  • Pour the vinegar over the pork, then add the broth and liquid smoke.
  • Set the slow cooker to high, and cook for 4 hours, until the pork falls apart with gentle pressure.
  • Remove the pork from the liquid and shred. Toss with a bit more vinegar, and serve on top of warm buns with coleslaw.



430 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated), 540 mg sodium
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