Try this gluten free pulled pork with dairy free vegan coleslaw. It’s a wonderful summer dish you can make with slow cooked pork shoulder. Making pulled pork in a Dutch oven on the stove is simple and the results are always impressive. Have you tried pulled pork in lettuce wraps before? It’s always so good, especially if it’s homemade!
If you’re a meat lover you are sure to like this, especially if the best BBQ brisket sandwich sounds like your idea of heaven. This recipe pairs the meat with dairy free vegan coleslaw and lettuce rather than bread. You can of course serve this gluten free pulled pork as a sandwich if you prefer. You might only want to make the slow cooked pork shoulder or only make the coleslaw.
I love them paired together, but it’s up to you whether you prepare both dishes or just one.
How to Flavour Gluten Free Pulled Pork
Pork shoulder, which is sometimes labeled pork butt or Boston butt, is the best cut to use here. It’s a cut that needs a long, slow cooking time before it falls apart. You need tender pork to make dishes such as pulled pork in lettuce wraps, so you can shred it with ease.
I like to make a rub and apply it to the meat before chilling it overnight (or for at least a few hours). That way all the flavours in the rub can penetrate into the meat.
Salt and pepper are always great in a rub and I also like to use chilli powder, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. After that I roast the pork on top of fresh garlic and onions for about 5 hours on a low heat.
This is similar to making pulled pork in a Dutch oven on the stove except you’re skipping the stove part. There is no flour here so it’s a gluten free pulled pork recipe.
How to Make the Coleslaw
When you’re approaching the end of the cooking time and can’t wait to taste pulled pork in lettuce wraps, start on the dairy free vegan coleslaw. Cabbage, carrots, radish and onions pair with vinegar, caraway seeds, coconut milk, and pepper to make it.
Using two kinds of cabbage and two kinds of vinegar adds depth to the flavour. This dairy free vegan coleslaw can be prepared a day ahead. Although the red cabbage might dye the dressing pink that won’t affect the flavour.
Coleslaw can be tweaked to your specifications. Perhaps you want to use white cabbage only or red cabbage only. You might want to omit the radish and use an extra carrot or leave out the caraway. If you aren’t worried about this being vegan or dairy free, swap the coconut milk with mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or your favourite creamy dressing.
Putting It All Together
Puree half the onions and garlic from the Dutch oven where you cooked the pork and then stir it back into the pot. Keep the pork resting on a chopping board for now. You can then add ketchup, vinegar, tomato sauce, sugar, orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and black pepper to the Dutch oven.
If preferred, you can sub agave or maple syrup or your favourite sweetener for the sugar in the recipe. Finally simmer the mixture for 10 minutes or so.
Add the pork back in and shred it using forks. You will find it easy to shred. Have you ever tried the best BBQ brisket sandwich? You can shred the pork as easily as brisket although one is pork and the other is beef. Any slow cooked meat can be shredded in this way.
Now you can serve the gluten free pulled pork in lettuce wraps, paired with the coleslaw. I’m sure you will love the hearty flavour in this hearty slow cooked pork shoulder. The pork is soft, tender and tasty while the coleslaw offers a delicious crunch which you will enjoy. The lettuce adds freshness and makes a change from bread.
Making gluten free pulled pork in a Dutch oven on the stove or in the oven is so easy. The rub adds plenty of flavour and the sauce is just amazing. The simplicity of lettuce pairs beautifully with this slow cooked pork shoulder. So whether this is your first time making pulled pork in a Dutch oven on the stove or in the oven or not, you’ll love it. It’s a super-simple recipe that makes a change from the best BBQ brisket sandwich. So now you have another recipe for your summer cooking plans!
If you like this gluten free pulled pork with dairy free vegan cole slaw, you might also like Butter Herbed Shrimp and Juicy Pan Seared Pork Chops, Flavourful Instant Pot Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin or Gluten Free Cocoa Dutch Baby German Pancake.
Gluten Free Pulled Pork & Dairy Free Coleslaw Recipe
Delicious Gluten Free Pulled Pork & Dairy Free Coleslaw
- 4 lb. pork shoulder butt
- 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tsp. salt
- 1/2 Tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tsp. peppercorn cracked
- 4 onions cut into quarters
- 10 Cloves garlic
- 1 Cup Ketchup
- 1/4 Cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 Cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar dark
- 1/4 Cup orange juice
- 2 Tbsp. Worcheshire sauce
- 1/2 Tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 Tsp. black pepper
- 1 Tsp. paprika
- 1 Head butter lettuce
Dairy Free Vegan Coleslaw
- 1/2 Cup green cabbage thin shred
- 1/2 Cup red cabbage thin shred
- 1/4 Cup carrots matchstick
- 1/2 red onion minced
- 1/4 Cup radish minced
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
- 1 Tsp. caraway seeds
- 1 Tsp. peppercorn cracked
- 1 Tbsp. coconut milk unsweetened
- In a small bowl, combine chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and cracked peppercorn. Rub all sides of the pork butt with seasoning and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 3 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Add sliced onions and garlic cloves to a dutch oven and place pork on top. Roast in the oven for 5 hours.
- Meanwhile, prepare coleslaw. Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Cover and place into the fridge while the pork cooks (5 hours) *Note: the red cabbage can tint the coleslaw pink by the next day, this does not affect the taste. Because of this, this coleslaw is best enjoyed the same day.
- Remove the pork from the dutch oven and let rest on a cutting board. Add ½ of the onions and garlic cloves to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add onion/garlic mix back to the dutch oven and place over medium heat. Combine ketchup, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar, orange juice, worcheshire, black pepper, and paprika in the dutch oven. Whisk to combine then increase heat to medium high. Once bubbling, lower heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
- Shred the pork and add to the dutch oven with gluten free BBQ sauce. Serve atop the butter lettuce.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try to make this gluten free pulled pork with dairy free vegan cole slaw. Making pulled pork in a dutch oven on the stove is so easy and worth the wait. Serving this pulled pork in lettuce wraps is a great gluten free alternative.