Nomato Sauce and Pulled Pork

Nomato Sauce and Pulled Pork. That doesn’t really sound like a winning combination, does it?  Well it just happened that it all came together this week, but not on the same night.  I’ve been curious about the whole non-tomato marinara sauce idea and have had the ingredients in the frig for a while.  I got home Sunday evening from an amazing day of snowboarding, and as tired as I was, I was just DYING to try making tomato-less marinara sauce.  After looking at a few different websites I decided to follow a recipe I found on The Urban Poser. It turned out beautiful!


tomato-less marinara

I mean it is really pretty.  Does it taste like marinara sauce? Well…pretty close.  It’s missing a very key ingredient to regular marinara sauce so set your expectations at a reasonable level.  I’ve enjoyed eating it this week and I’ve now got some in the freezer for a future quick saucy meal.

I found out early in the week that I was going to have to feed a group and went searching form something easy peasy.  I found this pulled pork in the crock pot recipe and its all stuff I can eat! Yes, pulled pork can be made without BBQ sauce!! I found this recipe on Beyond the Bite


Crock Pot Pulled Pork

This stuff is AWESOME! The flavor is really good – spicy and not too sweet.


  • 2.5 lb pork butt
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  • Place bork butt in a slow cooker.
  • Rub down with garlic, thyme, salt, cinnamon, turmeric, and molasses.
  • Pour in balsamic vinegar, cover, and allow to cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Once tender, use two forks to shred the pork, then serve as desired

Definitely let it cook a long time. It just gets more tender the longer it cooks!  Enjoy!

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