Pulled Pork with Red Onion – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 28, 2011

This recipe is featured in the 21 Freezer Cooking Recipes from Costco Meal Plan #5.

Several weeks ago I purchased a large pork tenderloin.  I used part of it to make Spanish Stew, sliced off a few pork chops, and then left the remaining portion whole to cook in the slow cooker.

This is quite simple…I placed the roast fat side up in the slow cooker, topped it with some spicy BBQ sauce that Kelly sent me recently (long story…thanks Kelly!), as well as some brown sugar to counteract the heat.  I also whisked in a little water into the BBQ sauce that fell into the bottom of the slow cooker.  I’ve noticed that BBQ sauce sometimes burns in the slow cooker, and water helps it not do that!

And one final note about this recipe…don’t make this right before going out on a date with your husband! (Not that I speak from experience or anything!)  We had this meal just before going to the Rock & Worship Road Show.  I was not thinking at all…and felt terrible that my breath stank.  But so did his…so all was well!

And in case you every find yourself in the same situation…here’s the advice I received for how to make the stinky onion breath disappear quickly!

Pulled Pork with Red Onions


  • About 1 lb. pork tenderloin or pork roast ($1.99)
  • About 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (free, or $.75-ish)
  • Optional – 1 Tbsp brown sugar ($.05)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced ($.40)
  • Bread slices ($.50)
  • Broccoli, steamed ($.99)


  • Place the roast, fat side up, in a slow cooker.  Pour the BBQ sauce over the top and whisk in some water if you prefer.  (And brown sugar if you need it.)
  • Set on low and cook for 8 hours. Once cooked, use two forks to pull the pork apart.
  • Steam some broccoli.
  • Serve the pulled pork on bread with red onion slices. Add a little extra BBQ sauce if you need it.

Cost $4.68

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Ashley @ Savings in Season February 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I have some pork shoulder in the freezer (not to mention about three bottles of free barbecue sauce in the pantry). Might have to try this one!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

We just had pulled pork tonight! yum with the onion!


Queen of the House March 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

Love pulled pork!!!! :)


lita March 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

Are you talking about a pork loin instead of tenderloin?
I use both frequently, however the tenderloin does not have a fat side, like a pork loin, and the price you give is inline with what I can get a loin for, while a tenderloin tends to run about 3.99 a pound.

Love the site!


LisaE March 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I have a huge pork roast that I need to cook this week-I think I will be cutting it in half and making pulled pork over cornbread…yum.


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