I love a good pulled pork recipe, but it is time consuming and can sometimes have too much sodium or sugar for me to want to indulge too much. This Pulled Pork Rice Bowl is an easy family supper that is well-balanced and relies on a crockpot for most of the work! Made with our sponsor, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, this recipe requires less than 10 minutes in the kitchen! Great for a busy weeknight meal that the whole family will love.
There are so many opinions on what constitutes a good pulled pork, and for me it’s all about balance. I like a bit of vinegar, some spice, and just a bare touch of sweetness (usually from a BBQ sauce but occasionally from brown sugar or molasses).
I cannot stand an overly sweet pulled pork and I don’t want too much sauce either. Just enough to moisten the meat and impart flavor is enough for me!
Usually I see pulled pork offered on buns, sometimes with a touch of coleslaw on top, and while that is delicious – I wanted to create something a bit more balanced for my family to enjoy. Paring with Minute Rice makes for a supper quick and wholesome meal! I especially like Minute Ready to Serve Rice because it helps with portion control for my daughter who is learning what proper servings look like.
Minute Rice also makes a great lunch option for back-to-school when the family is extra busy. Paired with a protein, your favorite veggies and a touch of seasoning, it makes an easy meal that even your kids can throw together!
This recipe involves a quick “cheater” pulled pork – we are cooking a small pork loin low and slow in a crockpot to achieve that pull-apart texture and delicious flavor, without having to make a ton of meat, or worry about basting and slow roasting.
If you don’t even have time for the slow cooker, you could use another pork cut (like pork chops) and cook in a saucepan over medium heat, just be prepared that the texture won’t be quite the same.
h2: How to Make a Pulled Pork Rice Bowl
- 1 lb pork loin
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 Tablespoons mustard
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke/hickory
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 servings Minute Ready to Serve Rice
- 2 cups veggies of choice, chopped
In a small bowl, mix the BBQ sauce, mustard, hickory, paprika, garlic, and onion.
Place the pork loin in the slow cooker and pour the BBQ sauce mixture over top. Turn to coat the pork thoroughly, before adding in 2 cups of water to prevent burning.
Cook for 4-6 hours on low. (This is when knowing your slow cooker comes in handy. Mine takes 4 hours, but some crockpots do not have the same heat.)
When the pork loin is just about done, prepare the rice by following the directions on the Minute Ready to Serve Rice. You will only need 1 minute in the microwave for each serving.
Shred the pork with two forks – pulling apart from each other.
To make your pulled pork bowls, place 1 serving of rice in each bowl and top with a generous serving of the pulled pork and a heaping of the mixed veggies. We used avocado, corn, and grape tomatoes – but do what works for you! Add salt and pepper to taste.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.