Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Lime Coleslaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Lime Slaw

Serves 10 – 12 (low iodine)

We love this so much, we actually made it on Christmas Day! I only wish I had discovered this low iodine dinner when I was on the low iodine diet, because this is totally delicious and the possibilities for upcycling are endless! This dish is ridiculously easy, uber tasty and without the fat, pretty healthy. So get some pork on your fork, and switch that slow cooker on!


2 kg boneless shoulder of pork, fat removed

2 brown onions, sliced thinly

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 cup (250ml) apple juice or cider

1 pack of coleslaw mix

1 lime

olive oil

Tortillas or tacos – to serve

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Lime Slaw

How to

  1. To make the spice rub by hand – Grind the sugar, cumin seeds, paprika and peppercorns in a pestle and mortar until coarse. Add the crushed garlic. To make the spice rub in the Thermomix – Mill the cumin seeds, paprika and peppercorns for 30 seconds on speed 9. Set aside. Place garlic cloves in TM bowl and chop for 5 seconds on speed 7. Scrape down bowl and sides. Add milled spices and sugar to chopped garlic and mix for 10 seconds  on speed 5.
  2. Cover the pork with the dry rub, being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
  3. Place the sliced onions in the  cooker and top with the pork. Pour over the apple juice.
  4. Cook covered, on LOW for 6 hours.
  5. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks, it’s super easy.
  6. If you want to make a sauce, mix 2-3 teaspoons of cornflour into a thick paste with 2-3 teaspoons of water. Remove some of the sauce from the slow cooker and heat in a small pan on the stove. Whisk the cornflour paste into the hot sauce and let it simmer stirring for 2-3 minutes. You can add a little bit extra cornflour if you want the sauce even thicker.
  7. To make the coleslaw, simply squeeze the lime all over, drizzle with olive oil and season to taste

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Lime SlawOther info

Prep and cooking time: 6 hours and 10 minutes


Depending on your knife skills and the sharpness of your knives, you might want to ask the butcher to remove the pork fat for you. If you’re not counting calories, and you love your crackling, keep the fat for the crackling. Freeze it for later or try Matt’s special recipe.

If you’re short on time and you don’t want to get to grips with the pestle and mortar, skip all the spices and use a couple of tablespoons of Mexican Spice Blend, I like Herbie’s.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Lime Slaw

  • Yum, yum, YUMMY!!! On the list to be tried, it looks so easy and so yummy!!

    • It really is and I’ve got a whole series of posts to come on how you can upcycle the leftovers! It would be a winner dinner at your house – I reckon it will feed 5 with leftovers!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Wow it must be special to make it on the menu for Christmas day!! Love the sound of the lime coleslaw too 😀

    • It was the only the two of us on Christmas Day so we could break as many rules as we liked! It was the high yum and low maintenance factor that won us over, plus the leftovers kept us going for days!

  • merilyn

    that all sounds and looks great thanks sammie!
    i’m not a pork lover myself but this does look good! …
    i’ll give this recipe to my dad, as he loves his slow cooker!
    he’s always telling me he just did the washing or IRONING! hello!
    and what he’s put in his slow cooker! he enjoys cooking and eating! … not bad for 90!
    have great day! love m:)X

    • Your dad sounds like a domestic god! Bless him! If he loves his slow cooker, he’ll love this! If he freezes the leftovers, he’ll have enough to keep him going for quite some time! Bless his little cottons!

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    You had me at ‘pulled pork’ then sealed it with ‘lime slaw’, I’m a gonna make this xx

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    This looks SO good!!! I am definitely showing this recipe to Dave as he always makes us pulled pork burgers and he’ll love trying your recipe out. Thanks!!

    • The reduced sauce is the bomb diggity, but I love this just because it’s so healthy and so easy. You just chuck it in the slow cooker and come back later! It’s like magic!

  • I’m going to make this over the Easter weekend to feed the masses – love the lime slaw too! Thanks for sharing on YWF. x

    • There’s only the two of us, but we’re having it at Easter too. I freeze the leftovers in single serve portions – it’s so versatile and can be upcycled in so many different ways!

  • Yum this sounds fabulous, I can’t wait to make this!

  • I need to buy a slow cooker!

  • Who doesn’t love slow cooked pulled pork?

  • We don’t go crazy for Pork in our house BUT pulled Beef we do! Plus I adore the idea of your coleslaw dressing, easy and lower fat than the slather of mayonnaise I usually give it! xx

  • The Purple Ladle

    I love pulled pork Sammie! I have never used slow cooker for it though might have to give that a go! And love the sound of your spice rub

  • Sally Horvath

    This Looks amazing. What brand of flour tortillas are LID safe?