This pulled pork and sides is made as a pulled pork rice bowl and it is a great and tasty way to make pulled pork that you cook in your slow cooker. This pulled pork bowl is the perfect meal for any time of year and is so easy to make!
My family has been making this delicious pulled pork bowl for as long as I can remember. It has all of my favorite sides (the coleslaw and beans) and the most delicious and tender pulled pork.
I like to make the pulled pork on the weekend and store it in the fridge to make these bowls during the week for a quick dinner. It also makes an amazing meal to serve to a large group.
Why You'll Love This Pulled Pork Bowl
- Tender pulled pork: The pulled pork in this recipe is cooked in the slow cooker until juicy and tender. It has the most amazing flavor from the chipotle and spices that it cooks with.
- The perfect sides: The sides for this pulled pork bowl are delicious and the perfect pairing to pork. Trust me!
- Easy and delicious: Both the pulled pork and sides are easy to make and so flavorful.
Table of contents
What You Will Need
- 1 pork butt roast: This is the base of the dish and this cut roasts up nicely.
- Chipotle chilis: These smoky chili peppers add so much flavor to the pulled pork.
- Kosher salt and pepper: For seasoning.
- Cumin: Cumin adds a wonderful earthy note.
- Oregano: This adds a bit of an herbal flavor to balance the chipotle and cumin.
- Paprika: Adds color and flavor.
- Brown sugar: The brown sugar is for crisping up the pork after it is tender.
Pulled Pork Sides
- Cuban cumin and lime coleslaw. This cumin and lime coleslaw is really delicious and the best coleslaw side dish for pulled pork, hands down.
- Cuban-style black beans. This black bean side dish uses canned black beans making it really quick to make and it is so big on flavor.
- Fluffy Basmati Rice. The basmati rice is the base for these pulled pork bowls. The perfect dish to soak up all of those extra juices from the pulled pork and the other sides.
This pulled pork rice bowl recipe is for cooking the pulled pork in the crockpot (slow cooker) and assembling it with the pulled pork side dishes. If you are looking for more recipe ideas for what to serve with the pulled pork, just scroll down to the bottom.
How to Make This Pulled Pork Rice Bowl
Making this pulled pork rice bowl is simple. Here are the steps (full recipe below)
- Make the pulled pork: Add the pulled pork and all the spices to the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours (depending on the size of the pork butt you are using).
- Make the pulled pork sides: This is the coleslaw, black beans, and rice.
- Crisp up the pulled pork: Once the pork is fork tender, add it to a sheet pan with a little brown sugar and crisp it up under the broiler.
- Assemble: To bowls, add the rice, then the pulled pork, and top with the sides.
I told you this was easy. Slow cooker meals are the easiest to make. I even make a brisket in the slow cooker for this reason.
Ways to use leftover pulled pork
This pulled pork rice bowl recipe makes a good bit of pulled pork. I like to use this as a meal prep dish and make a batch for different meals during the week.
- A Buddha bowl for pulled pork with vegetables (see some side dish ideas below if you want more than vegetables). My favorite vegetables to serve with pulled pork are roasted peppers, grilled squash and zucchini, roasted potatoes and cauliflower and avocado!
- Pulled Pork Tacos. If you saw the picture above, I love this idea and always add my cumin lime slaw and homemade pico de gallo to the tacos. If you are wondering if should I serve something with my pulled pork tacos the answer is you can but it is not necessary. The tacos are an all-in-one kind of meal. If you are feeling the need to have a side, you can serve some chips and a simple and delicious avocado dip to go with them.
- Add it to Burritos: These rice and bean burritos. Just add your pulled pork to some flour tortillas along with your favorite toppings (pico de gallo, cheese, beans, etc.) and roll it all up.
- Top nachos: Add the pulled pork to these oven-baked nachos! Pulled pork nachos are so good. Serve it with some homemade salsa like this roasted tomato and tomatillo salsa for an even more amazing experience.
- Pulled Pork sliders. You can add this pulled pork to some hoagie rolls along with my cumin and lime coleslaw for the most delicious topping.
This pulled pork and sides recipe couldn't be easier and is so amazing! No matter how you do it it will taste amazing! I hope you give it a try!
If you want to do what I do and make a batch of this ahead of time, just allow the pork to come to room temperature then store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week.
If you are making the sides, they are stored in an air-tight container for a week as well.
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Pulled Pork Bowl (Pulled Pork And Sides)
- Slow Cooker
- 1 pork butt roast 4-5 lbs no bone
- 2 chipotle chilis you can find these in cans in the international section of your grocery store
- 1 fresh avocado sliced
- 1 tablespoon of cumin
- 1 lime
- 2 teaspoon of paprika
- 2 teaspoon of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and more to taste
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- Water for your roast The water in your slow cooker should come up to the middle of the roast (½ way up)
Pulled Pork Side Dishes
- 1 ¾ cup of water for the rice
- 1 cup of uncooked basmati rice
- 2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil
- Place your pork roast in a slow cooker and add your chipotle chili, your oregano, salt, pepper, cumin and paprika over top.1 pork butt roast, 2 chipotle chilis, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and more to taste, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of oregano, 2 teaspoon of paprika
- Now add about 1 cup or so of water just to come up a little on the sides of your roast and then cover and cook for about 4-6 hours on low heat or until the roast is easy to shred with a fork.Water for your roast
- Once your roast is fully cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and place on a sheet pan to cool and cover with aluminum foil.
- Do not discard your cooking liquid yet since we will use it in a bit.
- Once cooled, remove any fatty layers and discard and then begin to shred your pork by tearing it with 2 forks.
- Once you have shredded all of the pork, add about 3-4 tablespoon of your cooking liquid and drizzle that over your pork making sure to coat all the pork a little bit.
- Now sprinkle your brown sugar evenly over the pork and set aside.2 teaspoon of brown sugar
- Start to slice your avocado and place in a bowl and then squeeze your lime over top to prevent browning and set aside.
Pulled Pork Sides
- Make your black beans and coleslaw (recipe above)
- To make the rice: In a medium pot over hight heat add your butter or olive oil and then add your rice.1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil, 1 cup of uncooked basmati rice
- Mix your rice around well to coat it in your oil for about 2 minutes.
- Now add your water and bring to a boil.1 ¾ cup of water for the rice
- Once the water comes to a boil, add your salt, stir and add your lid and lower the heat to low.2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- Cook rice until it is ready (no more water is left), about 5-8 minutes.
Crisping up the Pork
- Pre-heat the broiler
- Place your pork under the broiler to crisp up, about 2-3 minutes. Once ready, remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
To Assemble The Rice Bowls
- Place 1 cup of cooked rice in a bowl
- Add ½ cup of cumin lime slaw
- Add ½ cup of almost from scratch black beans
- Add any other toppings like avocado or salsa1 fresh avocado sliced, 1 lime
Making the coleslaw ahead of timeYou can make this ahead of time so you do not have to worry about making all the parts of this dish at once. For the best experience where there is some freshness and crunch, you can make this side dish for pulled pork up to 4 hours ahead of time.
Freezing the extra pulled porkPullled pork makes a great freezer meal. Just store it in a freezer-proof bag after it has cooled. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. To reheat, place the pulled pork inside of some aluminum foil closed tightly in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. To crisp it back up, open up the aluminum foil to expose the meat and place it under a broiler for a couple minutes or until crisp.
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