Starting a migraine diet can be challenging in more ways than one. Not only can it be difficult to wrap your head around everything you should and shouldn't eat, but it also can sort of wreck your social life. Our group of friends usually gets together once a month for a large meal at someone's house. Ever since I've been on the diet, I get several texts from whoever is cooking that weekend about what I can/can't have (I have really nice friends). I always feel terrible trying to explain everything to them! I'm here to solve this problem for you with a major crowd pleaser.
I served this for our "Friendsgiving" instead of a turkey and everyone was asking for the recipe. It's so perfect for anyone also following gluten free as you can just have the pork separately or put it on a potato or a salad. I could think of no better recipe than this for your Superbowl party. We like to have ours with a simple coleslaw on top and some North Carolina BBQ sauce. This brings me to my next discovery...
The first time I ever heard of Carolina BBQ sauce was in a song at Ballet Burn and it made me extremely hungry. "North Cack baby I'm a boss. Carolina BBQ sauce with the slaw" got me thinking about an alternative to those typical BBQ sauces that are full of MSG and triggers. Carolina BBQ sauce is vinegar based and a little easier to make HYH friendly. Although some people may prefer the traditional BBQ sauce, it's really great on this pulled pork. It was definitely the favorite sauce choice at our Friendsgiving. I find using distilled white vinegar with a splash of apple juice tastes surprisingly like apple cider vinegar, which is not allowed on the Heal Your Headache diet. Please don't dump the whole thing in your pot of pulled pork like you would with a regular BBQ sauce. It is much too strong! You'll want to use this one sparingly.
Slaw on Top
As for the slaw, I don't get fancy here since it's just going on top. I mix ¼ cup of Heal Your Headache safe mayo or Sir Kensington's with 1tbsp of the Carolina BBQ sauce along with 1 tsp of sugar and some pre-shredded cabbage from Trader Joes. You could sprinkle in some celery seeds or chop a green onion and some parsley to flair it up a bit. It's better if you can let it sit for 30 minutes before you serve.
Chili Powder & Instant Pot Options
Be careful to read the back label of your chili powder. I like Morton & Bassett Organic Chili Powder because all the ingredients are clearly listed. The burger buns I get from my local bakery since it's tough to find clean ones. Sometimes I will have luck with brioche style buns at the store bakery. Just be sure to double check the labels. If you can't find anything clean, just throw this on a baked potato, sweet potato, or even corn chips.
If you're concerned about tyramine build up or just want a faster meal, you can make this in an instant pot. Keep the recipe here the same but use the cooking instructions + 2 cups of broth found here. Definitely freeze these leftovers for when you have a bad day and don't want to cook.
Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 1 3-4lb boneless pork shoulder aka "pork butt" do NOT get pork loin or it will be very dry!
- 3 shallots, thinly sliced
- 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup Vegetable or chicken broth
- Place shallots and garlic at the bottom of your slow cooker. If your pork is wrapped in twine, remove the twine/netting. Place pork on top of shallots and garlic in the slow cooker and add the broth.
- Combine spices in a small bowl and rub onto pork. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 on low. My 3lb pork shoulder took about 6 hours on high. Remove any fat that's accumulated on the top and pulled apart pork with two forks until shredded. It should shred very easily if done.
- If you want to remove the pork and then reduce the sauce in a separate pan you can. I usually just shred mine in the accumulated juices and serve from there.
Carolina BBQ Sauce
- ¾ cup distilled white vinegar
- ¼-1/3 cup organic apple juice (no additives)
- 1-½ tsp tomato paste
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp cayenne Optional - only if you like things real spicy!
- Place all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature or place in the fridge until ready to serve. Best if you can let sit at least an hour.
- This makes around 1 cup of sauce. Adjust as needed! The sauce is meant to be used sparingly so try a teaspoon or two on your pulled pork before you go all in.