Easy Keto Pulled Pork Recipe: Flavorful Feast!

Easy Keto Pulled Pork Recipe Flavorful Feast!
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Keto Pulled Pork Recipe
Tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked Pulled Pork you can make in the oven, slow cooker or instant pot.

Hey there, folks! It’s Anne here from Beyond the Bayou Blog and today I’ve got something special to share with you—my take on a classic comfort food favorite Easy keto Pulled Pork.

A culinary delight that promises to tantalize your taste buds with its tender, flavorful goodness. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe offers an effortless approach to creating succulent pulled pork that’s perfect for any occasion.

With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll be rewarded with juicy, fall-apart pork that’s infused with savory herbs and spices. Whether served as a sandwich filling, taco topping, or alongside your favorite sides, this Easy Pulled Pork is sure to become a household favorite.

Why You Will Love This Recipe?

  1. Ease of Preparation: Tossing a pork shoulder in the crockpot is super convenient. It’s a simple, hassle-free way to cook that guarantees tender, flavorful results.
  2. Consistent Results: The foolproof nature of this method means you can trust that your pork will turn out just right every time. No need to worry about overcooking; the slow cooker ensures it stays perfectly moist and delicious.
  3. Versatility: I appreciate recipes that offer flexibility, and this one does just that with its choice of liquid. Whether you prefer the depth of flavor from beer, the sweetness of diet coke, or the simplicity of chicken broth, you can tailor the recipe to suit your taste or what you have on hand.

What’s the Difference Between Shredded Pork and Pulled Pork?

Well, truth be told, for most folks, there isn’t much of a difference. Both start with slow-cooked pork that gets broken down into small pieces. But hey, you might stumble upon some BBQ aficionados who’ll insist there’s a distinction.

They’ll say shredded pork is all about meaty strings without any big clumps, while pulled pork might have some larger bits mixed in with the shreds. But honestly, in the big picture, it’s not a huge deal. When you’re making this recipe, just go ahead and pull or shred the meat however you like it best. Easy peasy!

Overview: How To Make Keto Pulled Pork?

Overview How To Make Keto Pulled Pork

This recipe for slow-cooked pork shoulder is perfect for a delicious and easy main course. With just a few ingredients and simple steps, you’ll have tender, flavorful pork that’s sure to impress.

To start, rub a 3-pound boneless pork shoulder with 2 tablespoons of herb and garlic seasoning. Place the seasoned pork in your slow cooker. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup chicken broth. Pour this mixture over the pork in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook the pork on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Once done, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.

To keep the meat moist and flavorful, add back about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the cooking juices. You can discard the remaining juices or reduce them on the stovetop for a richer flavor. For an extra kick, feel free to mix in additional BBQ sauce. This recipe yields 12 servings, each with approximately 172 calories. Enjoy your tender, savory pork shoulder!

Easy Keto Pulled Pork Recipe Flavorful Feast!

Keto Pulled Pork Recipe

Tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked Pulled Pork you can make in the oven, slow cooker or instant pot.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Anne Carter

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Oven
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Tongs or Forks

Ingredients

  • 3 pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons herb and garlic seasoning
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • Rub the pork shoulder with herb and garlic seasoning and place it in the slow cooker.
  • Mix together the BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chicken broth, then pour over the pork.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, until the internal temperature reaches 205°F.
  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the cooking juices back to the shredded pork, discarding the rest.
  • Mix in additional BBQ sauce if desired.

Notes

  • Use either bone-in or boneless pork shoulder (pork butt).
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt if your herb and garlic seasoning doesn’t contain salt.
  • Cook the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 205°F.
  • The pork should shred easily when fully cooked.
  • Remove all bones (if using bone-in) before shredding.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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Tips You Should Try!

Rest the Meat Before Shredding: Allow the pork to rest for an hour after cooking before shredding. This resting period ensures that the juices redistribute evenly throughout the meat, making it more moist and flavorful. Shredding immediately after cooking can result in uneven moisture distribution.

Plan Your Spicing or Saucing: Unlike smoked pork butt, which relies on the flavor of the applewood, this recipe benefits from added spices or sauce. Since there’s no browning, the meat will need some extra flavor. Consider using a spice rub or a sauce that complements the pork. Check out the suggestions below for some great options.

Strain and Reuse the Juices: After cooking, the pork will sit in flavorful juices. Don’t discard these! Mix the liquid into the shredded meat for added moisture and taste. If the mixture seems too watery, reduce the liquid on the stovetop until it thickens, and then combine it with the meat. This step ensures you capture all the delicious flavors.

What to Serve with Keto Pulled Pork?

What to Serve with Keto Pulled Pork

Guide to Store Leftovers!

  1. Cool Down: Let the pork cool to room temperature.
  2. Pack: Put the pork in a freezer-safe ziplock bag.
  3. Seal: Remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag.
  4. Freeze: Place the bag in the freezer.
  5. Defrost: Place the bag on a plate in the refrigerator to thaw.
  6. Reheat: Once thawed, reheat the pork as desired.

What kind of pork to use?

I’m using pork shoulder to make this slow-cooker pulled pork. You could also use a pork butt, which is similar but has a bit more fat in it. Either one will get perfectly tender and juicy when slow-cooked in the crockpot with some beer!

Can You Overcook Pulled Pork?

Alright, let’s talk about the nitty-gritty of cooking pulled pork. Now, I’ve been banging on about slow cooking, but hear me out: It is possible to overdo it! Here’s the lowdown in simple terms. As your pork butt cooks, around 130 degrees, the fat starts melting and making the meat all juicy from the inside (yum!). Then, at about 160 degrees, the collagen, which is like the connective tissue, breaks down and adds to that juicy goodness (double yum!). But, if you let it go all the way up to 210 degrees, the muscle fibers get tough and dry – and nobody wants sad, chewy pork. Nope! That’s why I’m all about using a meat thermometer to nail that perfect temp.

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