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September 20, 2017

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls + Tailgating Recipes

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls make the ultimate low carb fall dinner, whether you’re entertaining, serving family or bringing it on the road for a tailgate. Pork loin cooks in homemade pumpkin barbecue sauce all day in the slow cooker. Toss together an autumnal coleslaw, scoop the ingredients into your favorite bowls and enjoy. Perfect for dinner, homegating, tailgating, fall cocktail parties and more, Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls are a delicious meal.

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This summer, I discovered a new and magical way to enjoy pulled pork.

In June, the Germantown Charity Horse Show was happening the same week we were Memphis. Since my dad’s wife, Mindy, is a horsewoman, we made the trek to the show one evening to say hello to her and the “horsey neigh neighs.”

^^ I will be SO SAD when Lady A stops calling horses that because it makes me smile. Every. Darn. Time.

And while we were there, we enjoyed dinner from the Commissary, one of my favorite barbecue joints.

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When we decided upon dinner, I immediately placed my order for a traditional pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw ON THE SANDWICH. (It’s the Memphis way.)

It wasn’t until my dad ordered a pulled pork BOWL that I wondered if I’d made the wrong decicion.

Turns out, we BOTH made good choices (HI, BARBECUE GOODNESS), but I have been intrigued by the bowl ever since… and took that and created a fall-flavored one for us today.

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We all deserve these Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls during the fall months.

The best news is the pulled pork cooks in the slow cooker and requires no babysitting! You just let it simmer low and slow all day in that decadent PUMPKIN barbecue sauce.

When all is said and done, the pork is tender and delicious, the Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce adds some heat and sweetness and spices of the season… and the slaw is super easy to make, too.

What’s not to love?

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Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls Essentials

Get the look!

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These Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls make a fabulous dinner for the family (and for folks who are watching out for carbs and sugars because the sauce is sweetened with maple) or for a tailgate because you can easily pack up the pork after it’s cooked, as well as the coleslaw sauce and the bag of slaw and bring it along.

Either way, you’re in for a delicious, simple meal.

And speaking of tailgates…

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Are YOU tailgating this weekend and need some inspiration?

Eighteen of my blogger pals and I have gotten together to bring y’all some of the best tailgate food!

Need a dip to bring to the party? I love the sound of The Life Jolie’s Chicken Swiss Dip, Me and My Pink Mixer’s Corn Dip by and The Mexitalian’s Creamy Pepita Dip. Like some heat? A Joyfully Mad Kitchen meets that need with her Jalapeño Ranch Dip. Onion fan? Culinary Adventures with Camilla’s Caramelized Onion Dip is the perfect dip for you!

More appetizer inspiration? The Culinary Compass’s Baked Brie Crescent Bites sound out-of-this-world delish, as do Honey and Birch’s Easy Potato Chip Nachos. I could probably eat an entire batch of Off the Eaten Path’s Aunt Julie’s Pepperoni Bread AND Love Bakes Good Cakes’s Easy Pepperoni Bread. (Hi. Y’all know I loooooove my carbs.) Feast + West’s Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates has that sweet-spicy component I adore, and West Via Midwest’s Bacon Wrapped Cheese Smokies offer a bit of smoky goodness! For the Love of Food turns a gameday classic vegetarian with her Buffalo Cauliflower + Blue Cheese Dressing! And Love & Flour offers a Pigskin Cheeseball!

Want to offer a delightful entree for the tailgate? Or Whatever You Do’s Traeger Pulled Pork is making my tastebuds do a happy dance, and I don’t think I’d be able to stop eating Cake ‘n Knife’s Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken Sliders. Looking for a vegetarian entree? A Little Gathering’s Tricolor Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream and Hello Little Home’s Easy Roasted Veggie Fajitas are perfect!

Need something sweet to finish off the tailgate? 2 Cookin Mamas serves up Apple Pie Twists!

Still interested in these Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls? Scroll on down to get the recipe!

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Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls make the ultimate low carb fall dinner, whether you're entertaining, serving family or bringing it on the road for a tailgate. Pork loin cooks in homemade pumpkin barbecue sauce all day in the slow cooker. Toss together an autumnal coleslaw, scoop the ingredients into your favorite bowls and enjoy. Perfect for dinner, homegating, tailgating, fall cocktail parties and more, Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls are a delicious meal.

Course Entree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pulled Pork

Coleslaw

  • 1 16 oz. bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

Make the Pork

  1. In the slow cooker, combine the ingredients for the Pumpkin Barbecue Sauce (or pour the completed sauce into the slow cooker.)

  2. Nestle the pork into the sauce, and cover.

  3. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.

  4. Shred using a fork. Keep warm until ready for serving.

Make the Coleslaw

  1. In a large glass bowl, combine the yogurt, cider, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper and celery seed. 

  2. Whisk until combined.

  3. Pour in the bag of coleslaw, and toss using tongs.

Prepare and Serve the Bowls

  1. Scoop a hearty amount of the Pumpkin Pulled Pork into the bottom of your chosen bowls.

  2. Top with a hearty scoop of the coleslaw.

  3. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The pork can be made 1-2 days in advance and reheated. The sauce for the coleslaw can be made in advance, as well, and refrigerated, but DO NOT toss the coleslaw together until it’s almost time to serve, as it will become soggy.

Have you ever tried a pulled pork bowl?

What would you serve these Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls for?

10 Comments

  1. Julia Mueller

    Pumpkin BBQ sauce??!?!? Be still, my heart! I love using pumpkin in savory applications and pulled pork is a household favorite. The boyfriend has a ridiculous amount of self-control, but when any sort of tender pork is in the house, all bets are off 😉 Definitely need to make this soon!

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  10. Julie

    I was a little wary of this recipe because I am not a real pumpkin fan. But, it looked interesting, so I tried it. It was WONDERFUL! I took it to a friends house for dinner and all 4 of us had seconds. It is rich in flavor and a perfect fall meal. Thanks Erin for your creative recipes.

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