This low carb keto pulled pork is delicious and so easy to make! It’s perfect for a satisfying meal that can be served with sauces, paired with sides, or added to another recipe.
Most pulled pork you get from a grocery store or a restaurant isn’t great for keto. That’s because it’s served with a sauce that’s full of sugar.
The meat itself is very low carb, but sauces can increase the carb count quickly. You may not even realize you’re eating a sugary sauce.
That’s why I love making big batches of keto pulled pork at home! I know exactly what’s going into my recipe so there aren’t any hidden carbs.
The shredded pork is super tasty, easy to make, and gives me tons of leftovers to make more meals throughout the week. Plus, I can sweeten my sauce with stevia for the same taste without the sugar!
With a recipe so simple and delicious, there’s no reason not to make yourself a big batch. You’ll be so happy you did!
How to make pulled pork keto
It's best to slow cook the meat so you'll want to give yourself plenty of preparation time. However, the recipe can be prepped ahead and placed in the slow cooker early in the day for a delicious dinner later.
Here's the simple steps for making the recipe on a stove top:
- Combine onion, garlic, chili peppers, tomato paste, mustard, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, sweetener, liquid smoke, and salt until smooth.
- After the sauce is made, marinate the pork overnight or several hours before cooking for best results. A Boston butt or pork shoulder are the best cuts to use.
- Place the pork into a large pot and cover with sauce. Add bay leaf, and about 1 quart water. And bring mixture to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 2 hours, turning frequently, or until the meat pulls apart easily.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. After meat is cool enough to handle, remove it from the sauce and shred with two forks into small pieces. Set aside.
- Reduce the sauce by about two thirds. Then add the shredded pork back to the sauce. Additional salt can be added to taste, if needed. Be sure to remove the bay leaf before serving.
What to do with low carb pulled pork leftovers
If you look at the ingredients, you can see that this recipe makes a lot.
You could cut the recipe in half. But I prefer to make the full recipe so I have plenty leftover for easy lunches or to add to other tasty recipes!
- Taco night. Have a make-your-own taco night with friends or family. Just add your favorite taco toppings! You can even make almond flour tortillas.
- Top off a salad. Add some shredded cheese, avocado, diced tomatoes, and chipotle ranch for a southwestern salad.
- Make quesadillas. Add the pulled pork to my low carb quesadilla recipe.
- Wrap it up. Wraps are a great easy lunch. You can make coconut flour tortillas or use lettuce for a sandwich wrap.
Keto pulled pork recipes
- Keto Mac and Cheese Leftover Pulled Pork Casserole is creamy, cheesy, and delicious! The pulled pork adds amazing flavor to the comfort food.
- Tomato Melt Pulled Pork Appetizers is simple to make and almost tastes like a pulled pork pizza bite!
- Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers bake up quickly and have so much flavor, you won’t even miss the rice.
- This Pork Casserole combines the meat with okra and bacon and tops it off with a low carb cornbread.
With all these ideas, you could eat the meat a different way every single day!
What goes with pulled pork
Wondering what low carb sides go well with this dish? Thanks to the stevia and optional molasses in low carb pulled pork, it goes well with many traditional BBQ sides.
Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration:
- Cauliflower Cheese Bread
- Zucchini Gratin
- Jicama Keto Fries or Keto Zucchini Fries
- Low Carb Coleslaw
- Keto Broccoli Salad
To really play up the barbeque flavors, you can also top the pulled pork with my Keto BBQ sauce!
Slow cooker and pressure cooker options
If you don’t want to make this recipe on the stove, you also have the option to adapt it to a keto pulled pork slow cooker recipe.
This is great if you want to prep everything in the morning and then come home after work to a delicious low carb dinner!
Just mix all the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker, then add the pork and mix until it’s coated. Add liquid to about halfway up the pork to keep it from drying out.
Cook it on low for at least 6 hours or until you’re ready to eat it. Follow steps 3 and 4 from the recipe before serving.
Alternatively, you could make this recipe using an Instant Pot. Again, mix the ingredients in the Instant Pot, then add the pork and mix so it’s coated. Be sure to add the amount of liquid your Instant Pot calls for.
Use the manual pressure cook setting on high for 60 minutes, then let it naturally release for 20 minutes. After that, follow steps 3 and 4 of the recipe before serving.
More keto dinner ideas
Looking for more easy, tasty low carb dinner recipes that everyone will love? Check out these favorites:
- Keto Chicken Nuggets taste just as good as the real thing. Totally kid approved!
- BBQ Keto Pulled Chicken uses the Instant Pot or slow cooker for an easy meal with plenty of leftovers.
- Keto Eggplant Parmesan is a casserole with a gluten-free breading for a cozy dish that’s loaded with cheese and authentic Italian flavor!
- Keto Pizza Casserole calls for simple ingredients and is always a big hit with the whole family.
- Crock Pot Tacos with Slow Cooker Ground Beef is seasoned with a homemade taco seasoning mix for an easy dish packed with flavor.
- Keto Pork Loin Slow Cooker recipe results in tender and juicy meat every time. It’s made with a balsamic vinegar seasoning.
Keto Low Carb Pulled Pork
- 2 tablespoons dry minced onion
- 6 garlic cloves chopped
- 2 chili peppers chopped
- 2 teaspoons chile powder
- 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon stevia concentrated powder
- 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses optional (for brown sugar flavor)
- 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 pounds pork butt shoulder roast trimmed of excess fat
- Mix all sauce ingredients (everything except the bay leaf and the pork roast) until smooth. If you have extra time, marinate the pork in the sauce overnight or for several hours before cooking.
- Place pork into a large pot and cover with sauce. Add bay leaf, and about 1 quart water. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer, covered, turning frequently, for 2 hours or until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork.
- Remove from heat and cool pork in the sauce. After meat cools, remove it from the sauce and shred it into small pieces. Set aside.
- Reduce the sauce by about two thirds. Add the shredded pork back to the sauce. Add additional salt, if desired. Remove bay leaf before serving.
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First Published: November 6, 2010... Last Updated: April 1, 2020