Now this is a real Meaty Monday post! This pork shoulder ramen is full of meat, hearty mushrooms and zoodles. Best part- it is made in the crockpot! If you didn’t know, I love crockpot meals. They make life so easy. One of my favorite restaurants has a pork belly ramen dish. I have watched longingly as my friends order it but I resist because of the ramen. I finally caved one day and it was so good. I’ve wanted to make it paleo for a while but wasn’t exactly sure where to start. After extensive research, I started with a ramen base and just went from there. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I barely got these photos because the alluring smell was drawing me in to eat. This pork shoulder ramen is meaty, slightly spicy and perfect for slurping up with a big spoon!
I’m moving soon! Nope not back to California but to a new apartment. I am really excited because it is in an up-and-coming neighborhood where lots of young professionals live. Plus I will be close to downtown and where the KU alumni association holds their watch parties. The latter was actually a very strong draw! What can I say? I love hanging out with other Jayhawks! Did you know it is officially basketball season?? It is. In Kansas’s world at least because as of last friday colligate basketball programs can officially start practicing. I know football season is just getting underway but I am a huge basketball fan! I do love football tailgating though. So many food possibilities!
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- 2.5 lb pork shoulder
- 4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 2 tbls chili garlic sauce*
- 1 tbls fresh ginger
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tbls Chinese 5-spice, or blend below
- 2 cups baby portabellas, sliced
- 1 zucchini, spiralized
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 jalapeños, sliced
- 1 large bunch cilantro
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp star anise seeds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/4 tsp clove
- Place pork shoulder in the bottom of your crockpot.
- Pour all ingredients except mushrooms, zoodles, salt and pepper on top of the pork shoulder.
- Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
- Once your 7 hours are almost up, slice the mushrooms and spiralize the zucchini.
- After 7 hours, remove pork shoulder from crockpot and shred with two forks.
- If you want, you can skim the fat off the broth in the crockpot.
- Return pork shoulder to crockpot with sliced mushrooms and zoodles.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook for 5-10 minutes until mushrooms have soften.
- Serve with sliced jalapeños and a handful of cilantro.
*Sub two fresh thai chilis or chili garlic sauce without any sugar for Whole30.