Pulled Pork for Breakfast
Pulled pork for breakfast? Yes please!
Slow-cooking overnight is a great way wake up to the smell of delicious cooked meat – akin to the same romantic efforts of a significant other having carefully snuck out of bed without disturbing you, and quietly cooking up a delicious morning feast to show their appreciation for all the wonderful things you do. In single women, such as myself, having a slow-cooker has been show to have to same effects on the brain as having a wonderful, breakfast cooking partner. This is not scientifically backed. Side note, I’m still waiting for my slow-cooker to help me move boxes down to storage.
Last night I dry rubbed a pork tenderloin in a homemade spice mix consisting mainly of cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and cayenne. I seared it in a pan, and then slow-cooked it overnight on low for 10 hours. Anything I slow-cook, I incorporate into my breakfast the next morning because my apartment smells too delicious to resist!!!
- 1 (3 – 5lb) pork tenderloin or shoulder, twine removed, trimmed, and patted dry
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 whole star anise
- 1 bay leaf
- Dry rub:
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 pinch of powdered stevia or 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)
- Crush the garlic cloves at least 5-10 minutes prior to cooking. When garlic is chopped or crushed it activates an enzyme called alliinase. Alliinase is heat sensitive but when left to sit for a few minutes, it forms an organosulfur compound called allicin – which is more resilient to heat and provides many health benefits!
- While your garlic is becoming super-allicin-activated garlic, preheat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, and mix the ingredients of your dry rub together
- Get down and dirty and dry rub every inch of your beautiful pork tenderloin until you’ve both had enough and decide you need to see other people
- Carefully sear all sides of your tenderloin in the pan until browned (about 1-2 minutes a side), adding your garlic to the pan about half way through
- Once you’ve seared your tenderloin, place the meat and garlic into your slow cooker, add the chicken broth, star anise, bay leaf, and whisper “There are no goodbyes.. only see you laters.” Close the lid, and set to 8-10 hours on low.
You just sat there all night staring at the timer with a fork in hand, didn’t you? I admire and respect that. Now you are going to take a couple forks and pull the pork apart, shredding it. I like to allow the shredded pork to sit in and absorb the juice for at least 20 minutes, and up to an hour, but it’s not completely necessary. Here is where you can be as creative as you like: add the pulled pork to an omelette, scrambled eggs, serve on toast, blend into your smoothie – whatever you want to do! I like to choose my foods based on: optimizing my health, sustaining my energy levels, and how delicious I find them. Not always in that order. I also never eat anything I don’t enjoy. Here’s what I chose:
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – get these in your daily diet. One of the most potent anti-cancer foods out there! Can contain up to 50x more sulforaphane than regular, mature broccoli
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Say it with me… gut health, gut health, gut health. Now wave your arms in the air like you just don’t care. Wait, no – like you DO care! The state of your microbiome has also been shown to have an impact on your mood. Poor gut health can express itself as depression! This is serious stuff people.
Keep those hands up.