Low Carb Sugar Free Pulled Pork
This recipe for keto pulled pork is easy to make and an excellent protein to meal prep for the week. It’s the perfect meat to cook on the weekend and use for various recipes throughout the week.
Most pulled pork recipes call for either a brown sugar based dry rub or a sugary wet marinade. Keto pulled pork doesn’t have any sugar in it. It uses golden monk fruit as a sweetener. The other seasonings in the dry rub create the tastiest layer covering the outside of the pork.
I like cooking my pork shoulder in the smoker. The smoked flavor with the sweet rub makes a pulled pork dish that is beyond amazing!
Best Cuts of Pork for Making Pulled Pork
The cuts of pork used for making pulled pork are pork shoulder and pork butt. Both cuts come from the shoulder region of the pig. The pork butt is higher on the front leg and the shoulder is below. They are inexpensive, tough, fatty cuts of meat that need to be cooked long and slow in order to get them tender. The best methods for cooking pork shoulder or pork butt are roasting, braising and smoking.
Generally, the pork butt is a better cut of pork between the two since it contains more fat and has more marbling compared to the pork shoulder. More fat = more flavor.
Dry Rub for Pulled Pork
The dry rub is a combination of golden monk fruit, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, ginger, and rosemary. It’s important to generously coat and rub your cut of pork with the rub. Apply it all over and apply it again. The rub locks in the moisture and gives incredible flavor.
If you are on a keto carnivore diet and still consuming small amounts of seasonings, you can still enjoy this recipe. I recommend cutting out the sweetener though since sugar substitutes are not approved on the carnivore diet.
How to Smoke a Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder
We use a Traeger Grill to cook pork using hickory pellets. After generously covering the pork shoulder or butt with the dry rub, place the cut of pork in a preheated smoker at 225 degrees. Pork shoulders and butts need to be cooked at a low temperature for a very long time in order to tenderize the large muscle and connective tissue. It can take anywhere between 8 to 15 hours to complete cooking. Cook the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 195 degrees. Generally, a pork butt doesn’t take as long to cook.
Once the pork is done cooking and has had a chance to cool, shred the meat to make pulled pork. You can shred meat using forks or using Bear Claws for shredding pulled pork.
Ways to Use Leftover Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is one of my favorite proteins to meal prep on the keto diet because it is inexpensive and yields a lot of meat to use in various low carb recipes throughout the week. I love dipping pulled pork in my Keto BBQ Sauce. Here are some ideas on ways you can use up leftover pulled pork.