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Sugar Free Keto Juicy Pulled Pork

by KetoFocus.com
Nutrition Facts

12

Servings

368

Calories

19.1g

Fat

27.5g

Protein

6.6g

Net Carbs

A pulled pork recipe that is sugar free, makes the best pulled pork sandwiches and is worthy of any BBQ sauce you want to slather it in. This keto pulled pork is juicy and delicious!

Sugar Free Keto Juicy Pulled Pork Ingredients

Sugar Free Keto Juicy Pulled Pork Directions

  • 1
    The night before cooking, rinse the pork and pat dry with paper towel. Rub salt all over all of the pork and refrigerate overnight.
    rub salt on pork shoulder
  • 2
    Combine the rest of the ingredients for the dry rub.
    mix dry rub ingredients
  • 3
    Wet the pork with wet hands so the rub sticks to the meat better. Then rub the seasoning mixture all over the pork. Cook in a smoker, oven or traeger grill at 225 degrees for 8 to 12 hours or until internal temperature is 195 to 203.
    rub dry rub all over pork
  • 4
    Shred the pork using claws or two forks.
    shredding the pork shoulder

Low Carb Sugar Free Pulled Pork

pulled pork on a tray

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

raw pork shoulder

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 sandwhich looking good 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.

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