BEST Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork (Gluten Free & MSG Free)

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I am very sensitive to many ingredients that are derivatives of MSG, so store bought BBQ sauce (even if it says gluten free + msg free) still gives me reactions (mainly migraines!) I have missed BBQ pulled pork and was able to find a recipe that with one minor tweak, was amazing! 

On Christmas day we kinda went all southern and had BBQ Pulled Pork, Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon, and cornbread – all from scratch and grain free!

I used a recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook for “Spicy Pulled Pork.” While this recipe works best in the oven where it can caramelize, I threw it in the crockpot this time. You can cook the pork roast however you would like, but this was my favorite! The recipe is also found on on her blog here.

If you use the recipe above in the crock pot, you will need to scrape off all of the fat on the top of the pork roast before shredding it because it will not be crisp and caramelized. I used the rub and marinated my pork roast in for about 12 hours before cooking it in the crockpot.

Here is an alternative recipe for the pork roast if you don’t want to use the recipe in Ree Drummond’s book mentioned above due to the use of brown sugar.

  • 5 lb. pork roast (Boston Butt works best)
  • 2 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 2 TBSP Oregano
  • 2 TBSP Salt
  • 2 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 2 TBSP Cumin

Rub it all over the pork roast and place in crock pot. Cook it on low until it is ready to be pulled apart with a fork.

Now, onto my favorite part! I was on Pinterest searching for a Gluten Free BBQ Sauce recipe. I wanted to find something that listed out ingredients I already had on hand. I was not successful finding one without Worcestershire, so in the end, I substituted that for Organic Tamari sauce that is gluten and MSG free. Note: I purchase this at Target or Publix as it is cheaper than Amazon, but in case you are not familiar with it, I wanted to link to it for a visual. 

There is only one brand of ketchup I have found that I can use because most of them have citric acid as an ingredient and that gives me the MSG migraine – Annie’s Organic Ketchup. Again, this is normally cheaper at the grocery store.

Other than those 2 specific things, I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. This recipe contains: brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, ACV, {worcestershire sauce*}, ground mustard, paprika, chili powder, salt, black pepper, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. *Again, I use Organic Tamari sauce that is gluten and MSG free.

My friend told me it was the best BBQ she had ever tasted! I have to agree and this will be our go-to recipe!

Click here for the recipe!

After I shredded the pork, we ate it using this barbeque sauce. It was AMAZING! I am so glad to have found this recipe!

Written by Carrie


Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She is also the Operations Manager for Build Your Bundle – a once a year HUGE homeschooling sale. She has been homeschooling for ten years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

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