Pulled Pork Tenderloin with Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce


Use your slow cooker to transform lean pork tenderloin into moist and tender meat ready for shredding in this healthy BBQ recipe. Serve the pulled pork as part of a BBQ platter with pickles and cornbread or pile it on a soft bun to make a delightfully messy sandwich.

Pulled Pork Tenderloin with Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce
Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
8 servings


Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 medium sweet onions (about 1 pound), preferably Vidalia, grated

  • 2 ½ cups ketchup

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste

Pulled Pork

  • 2 medium sweet onions (about 1 pound), preferably Vidalia, sliced

  • 2 1-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce or other barbecue sauce


  1. To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add grated onions and cook, stirring often, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add ketchup, vinegar, honey, lemon juice, Worcestershire, mustard, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. (Makes 4 cups.)

  2. To prepare pork: Place sliced onions in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add pork, season with pepper and top with 2 cups of the sauce. Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

  3. Using 2 forks, shred and pull the pork into strips. Stir the pork into the sauce.


To make ahead: Refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
3g Fat
25g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 17g
Added Sugars 12g 24%
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Vitamin A 232IU 5%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 706mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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