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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It’s also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Anyone else loving that it’s June?? Summer is my MF-in’ season, and I’m so happy that we are inching closer to it. I always say June is the Friday of the months because you have all the anticipation and excitement of the sunshine, bathing suits, and beach adventures, without the anxiety and sadness that summer’s almost over.

I know not everyone feels the same way and a ton of people love the Fall, but I guess that why I live in Southern California! Anyway, let’s talk about this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork because it’s pretty dang delicious, and we’ve been repurposing it in so many different ways all week.

I do have an old post of another pulled pork recipe with a yummy barbecue sauce made in the slow cooker so go check that one out if you like saucy pulled pork. Just a warning: it has some pretty horrendous photos from when I was a beginner blogger. I’m working on updating them soon!

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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub Recipe

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork uses dry rub that’s added on after the pork is cooked because I’ve found that most of the flavor gets lost if you cook with the spices on the pork. Adding them on afterward helps bring out the flavor more and also lets you be a bit more flexible with them as well, depending on how salty, spicy, or sweet you want it.

I like to use bone-in pork shoulder because I find that the meat tastes so much better cooked with the bone, but a boneless cut will work as well. The cooking process is easy peasy and you just let the Instant Pot do all the work, as it simmers the pork in a delicious combination of pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar.

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Ways to Enjoy Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

This recipe is so tasty just alone with some yummy sides like my Simple Paleo Coleslaw or Paleo Asian Coleslaw. But if you want to be more creative, here are some other ways that we’ve been enjoying this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork:

  • In salads
  • In tacos wrapped in grain-free tortillas
  • In fried cauliflower rice
  • In taquitos
  • In burrito bowls
  • As a topping on pizza
  • Over eggs
  • In breakfast hash
  • Stuffed in sweet potatoes
  • Wrapped in lettuce wraps
  • Over nachos
  • …and so much more!

How would you enjoy your leftover pulled pork?

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 294 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It's also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 8-9 lb bone-in pork shoulder/butt or 5-6 lb boneless
  • 5 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into 4-5 inch chunks. If using bone-in, cut around the bone. If you'd like, trim the fat around the meat.

  2. Add the pork (and the bone) to the Instant Pot. 

  3. Sprinkle the pork with 3 tsp of sea salt, making sure to cover all sides.

  4. Add the onion to the pork.

  5. Pour in pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard over the pork and onions.

  6. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual on HIGH for 60 minutes. 

  7. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then release the rest of the pressure manually.

  8. Open the lid and transfer the pork and onions to a large bowl, along with 1 cup of the liquid. Discard the rest of the liquid.

  9. Remove the fat if you prefer, then use 2 forks to shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.

  10. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tsp sea salt and the rest of the spices together.

  11. Sprinkle the spices over the pork and onions and toss together.

  12. Serve warm, or freeze into individual portions. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1133mg 47%
Potassium 701mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork (Whole30)

Celebrate summer with this Whole30 and Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice, served with perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled pineapple pork tenderloin.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

The weather sure has been warming up and I’ve been firing up my grill more and more, and I’ve been absolutely loving it. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge fan of the grill because I think it makes food look and taste better with its char marks and subtle smokiness, and you can see some of my favorite grill recipes here.

I’ve recently been seeing pineapples coming out at the market, which makes me so happy. They are one of my favorite fruits because they are so dang refreshing, while tasting perfectly sweet and tart. Plus, they remind me of summer, which is always a good thing for me.

Today’s recipe is a celebration of welcoming the warmer months, using the grill to cook the pork tenderloin to a perfectly juicy finish, and incorporating pineapples into this paleo pineapple fried rice to infuse the sweet and savory flavors together. I don’t know about you, but the combo of pineapples and pork is a match made in heaven.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

The pineapple adds a delicious flavor and sweetness without overpowering the flavors in this paleo pineapple fried rice, and it goes so well with the spices like coconut aminos and tumeric. I usually don’t like dishes that are too sweet, but this tasted perfectly balanced and I ended up eating way more than I intended.

Of course, the main star of the dish is the pork tenderloin. I’ve never grilled pork tenderloin before this, but you bet that’ll be the only way I cook it from now on because it turned out fantastic! It formed a beautiful golden crust on the outside, while being super moist inside. The marinade gives it an amazing flavor and my husband kept saying I have to make it again soon.

If you own a grill, I couldn’t suggest this recipe enough! But even if you don’t, you can always use the broiler to cook up this easy and delicious dish that everyone will go crazy for.

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Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 458 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Celebrate summer with this Whole30 and Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice, served with perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled pineapple pork tenderloin.

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Ingredients

Pineapple Grilled Pork

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 6 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin

Pineapple Fried Rice

  • 1 large cauliflower or 5 cups of pre-riced cauliflwoer
  • 4 tsp coconut oil divided
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • Optional: Chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

Pineapple Grilled Pork

  1. Combine pineapple, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, dijon mustard, and sea salt in a food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. 

  2. Add the pork to a large resealable bag, then pour in the marinade. 

  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours to overnight. 

  4. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while you prepare the grill. Discard the marinade.

  5. Preheat the grill to high.

  6. Place the pork tenderloin over direct heat and close the lid. Grill for one minute. 

  7. Repeat for the 3 remaining sides of the pork.

  8. Move the pork to indirect heat and grill for 4 minutes with the lid closed. 

  9. Flip and repeat, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140 degrees F.

  10. Remove from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. Make the Pineapple Fried Rice while the pork rests.

Pineapple Fried Rice

  1. If using a whole cauliflower, remove the leaves off the cauliflower and cut off the florets from the roots.

  2. Use a cheese grater or a food processor with a grater attachment, and grate the cauliflower into the size of rice. Set aside. 

  3. Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

  4. Add the eggs and cook stirring for 1 minutes, until the eggs are set and scrambled. Transfer to a dish and set aside

  5. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the same skillet. 

  6. Add onion, carrot, red bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and 1 tsp sea salt.

  7. Cook stirring for 4-5 minutes until the onion is softened.

  8. Add cauliflower rice, pineapple, coconut aminos, turmeric, and 1 tsp sea salt.

  9. Stir together to coat, then close the lid. Lower the heat to medium low and let it cook for 5 minutes.

  10. Uncover, add scrambled eggs and green onions, and stir.

  11. Remove from heat and plate. Cut the pork into thin slices and add to the pineapple fried rice. 

  12. If using, garnish with cilantro before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 2648mg 110%
Potassium 1092mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 43g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 76.6%
Vitamin C 100.3%
Calcium 9.4%
Iron 16.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Guys… Mondays are SO much better when you get a good rest over the weekend (dur). If you are one my newsletter subscribers, you probably received my email last Friday about how I’m going to make an extra effort to practice true self care over the weekend, because that’s something I struggle with a lot. Having your own business and making your own hours, it can be difficult to actually have a weekend, but I took all day yesterday to sleep, watch Netflix, not be near my computer, and go on a nice long walk with my dogs. It was amazing.

So today, I’m all energized and refreshed to share a brand new recipe with you guys. And I promise, you are going to want to make these Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks!

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

My family has been using sriracha sauce since I was young, so I’ve always been a fan. The combination of the spicy and sweet is so perfect, and my mom whipped up Asian meals often so it pretty much went well with all her cooking. These days, I don’t eat sriracha sauce often because the ingredients usually contain sugar and xanthan gum, but I do enjoy it on occasion because it’s so darn deliciously addicting. I especially love it with chicken or pork!

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

These Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks came out even better than I expected. The chicken is so juicy, and the sauce is so flavorful and sticky that I regretted not making more. If you don’t think 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce is spicy enough, you can add more but I think it’ll be fine as written because you’ll end up cooking down the sauce. I can handle spicy really well, and the sauce turned out perfect for my taste.

Are you a fan of spicy food? Then I really hope you make this because I think you’ll love it!

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 5-6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tbsp gluten free tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • Optional: Chopped green onions and sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the drumsticks in a large bowl in a single layer
  2. Whisk together pineapple juice, sriracha, tamari sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken and make sure the chicken is well coated.
  4. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 1-4 hours, flipping the chicken half way through.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the drumsticks on the baking sheet, making sure they aren't touching.
  7. Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  8. While the chicken is cooking, pour the marinade in a small saucepan and heat on the stovetop over high heat. Once the sauce starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 7-10 minutes
  9. When the chicken is finished cooking, brush with the reduced sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds, if using, and serve.

Paleo, Gluten Free Pineapple Sriracha Drumsticks - so deliciously spicy!