These Pulled Pork Bowls are the ultimate cozy, easy and delicious weeknight meal. It features the most tender, flavorful, and juicy slow cooker BBQ pulled pork, that steals the show of these bowls. It also has roasted sweet potatoes, pickled red onions, black beans, grilled corn, BBQ sauce, avocado, and cilantro. This meal is healthy, colorful, and great for meal prep.Jump to Recipe
A cozy fall meal
When the weather starts to cool and it’s officially Fall, I know it’s time to get out my crock pot. There’s something about a warm, easy crockpot meal that gives me those cozy Fall vibes. From chili, to tacos, to warm ciders, your crockpot should be your best friend this season.
One of my favs things to make in the crockpot is pulled pork. Many people are intimidated to cook pulled pork, leaving it for the professionals at their local BBQ joint. Trust me, I get it. I used to feel the same. It’s a huge cut of meat and feels like you need special smoking equipment to get the cook right. But I am here to tell you that it’s actually so easy to make at home. You just need a crockpot to create a super flavorful and tender pulled pork dinner.
I season a large pork butt generously with spices and cook it in the crockpot on low with my fav jar of BBQ sauce. In 8-10 hours (I like to do this overnight), you have a perfectly charred, tender, and juicy pork butt. It’s literally pulls apart with forks. That’s it. Easy Peasy!
I like to serve my pulled pork in bowl form, with roasted sweet potatoes, pickled red onions, black beans, grilled corn, cilantro and avocado. Of course, a side of BBQ sauce is a must. It’s a vibrant, nutritious, easy, and cozy meal perfect for Fall!
Ingredients in these pulled pork bowls
Here’s the main ingredients you need to make these bowls:
- Pork butt, despite what the name implies, this cut of meat comes from the shoulder of the pig. It is typically used in pulled pork. I find the best way to cook this cut of meat is a low and slow cooking method to make it super tender. I generously season mine with garlic powder, onion, powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, and salt and pepper and cook it in the crockpot on low for 10 hours with my fav jar of BBQ sauce.
- BBQ sauce, I used both in the crockpot to cook the meat and also for topping the bowls.
- Sweet potatoes, seasoned and roasted, they add a heartiness and slight sweetness to the dish.
- Corn, charred on the grill and cut off the cobb, it adds a fresh, crisp bite to the dish.
- Black beans, with the corn, kind of gives these bowls tex mex BBQ vibes and adds another hearty bite.
- Avocado, for that creamy goodness.
- Pickled red onion, for that bright acidity that helps cut through the richness of the bowl.
How to make these pulled pork bowls
- Season the pork butt, I generously season the pork butt with a simple rub made from brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder, and salt and pepper. Make sure the entire pork butt is coated with the seasoning. I also like to allow the seasoned pork butt to sit in the fridge overnight so it can really soak up the seasoning (but at least for 4 hrs).
- Cook the meat, add the seasoned pork butt and a bottle of your fav BBQ sauce to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 10 hours. Once fully cook, take the meat out of the crockpot, reserving the liquid. Using two forks, shred the pork, discarding the fattier pieces. Add the shredded pulled pork to a bowl. Top with some of the reserved cooking liquid.
- Roast the sweet potatoes, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into rounds. Drizzle with olive oil. Season the sweet potatoes with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and smoked paprika. Roast for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until golden brown on the outside and tender in the inside.
- Build your bowls, add the shredded pulled pork, roasted sweet potatoes, charred corn, black beans, sliced avocado, and pickled red onion to a bowl.
- Garnish, top with cilantro and extra BBQ sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
Why You’ll Love Them
- Meal prep friendly, you can make everything ahead of time and store in containers in the fridge, so you can easily make these bowls all week!
- Bursting with flavor, these bowls are vibrant and so flavorful with tons of textures and sweet, acidic, spicy, and smoky notes.
- On the healthier side, these bowls are grain free and more nutritious because packed full of veggies. I also use a lower-sugar BBQ sauce (I check the ingredients label and make sure to find one under 9 grams but around 6) so this dish is not too high in sugar.
- Pretty and impressive, these bowls are fun, whimsical, and so pretty with all the colors, it’s a show stopper sure to please your family and friends!
How to meal prep these bowls
For meal prep, I make and shred the pulled pork and keep it a large airtight container in the fridge. I also roast the sweet potatoes and keep those in a separate container. Finally, I prepare all the other ingredients and keep them in separate storage containers in the fridge. When ready to build my bowls, I simply get out the containers and easily whip up dinner!
Or you can use a storage container with separate compartments and add all of the bowl ingredients to that one container. When ready to eat, add everything to a bowl, mix, and enjoy!
Other delicious pork recipes
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa
- Healthier BBQ Pork Sliders
- Spicy Pineapple Pork Taco with Creamy Pineapple Salsa
- Slow Cooker Caribbean Pork Tacos
These pulled pork bowls are delicious, vibrant, nutritious, and meal prep friendly – so perfect for a cozy Fall meal!
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Pulled Pork Bowls
These Pulled Pork Bowls are the ultimate cozy, easy and delicious weeknight meal that feature tender and juicy pulled pork. BBQ sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, pickled red onions, black beans, grilled corn, and avocado.
- 4- pound pork butt bone-in
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 18 oz bottle BBQ sauce I used a low sugar kind
Sweet potato rounds
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp garlic
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 ear of corn grilled and cut of the cob
- 1 15 oz can of black beans rinsed and drained
- 1/3 cup pickled red onion
- 1 large avocado sliced
- 2 tablespons finely chopped cilantro, optional
For the pork, first remove your pork butt from the packaging and wipe it down on all sides with paper towels. If desired, trim some of the bigger pieces of fat from the exterior, making sure to leave some of the fat. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder, and salt and pepper. Generously season the entire pork butt with the seasoning mix,making sure the entire pork butt is coated with the seasoning. Place in the fridge to absorb the seasoning for at least 4 hours butt preferably overnight.
Add the seasoned pork butt and top with the entire bottle of BBQ sauce to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 10 hours. Once fully cook, take the meat out of the crockpot, reserving the liquid. Using two forks, shred the pork, discarding the fattier pieces. Add the shredded pulled pork to a bowl. Top with some of the reserved cooking liquid.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into rounds. Drizzle with olive oil. Season the sweet potatoes with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and smoked paprika. Roast for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until golden brown on the outside and tender in the inside.
Add the shredded pulled pork, roasted sweet potatoes, charred corn, black beans, sliced avocado, and pickled red onion to a bowl.
Top with cilantro and extra BBQ sauce, if desired. Enjoy!