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Get ready for summer with this barbecue staple while staying keto-friendly, my keto slow cooker pulled pork recipe is here! This savory pulled pork recipe will keep you coming back all summer long.
This recipe is perfect for both, crowds and meal preppers. Whether it be your next family barbecue or Monday night dinner, this keto slow cooker pulled pork is the ideal toss-and-go recipe. With minimal effort and a flavorful outcome, this recipe is sure to become one of your new slow cooker staples.
Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Who doesn’t love a good puller pork recipe during the summer? Since becoming keto, I’ve found that a lot of summer recipes can be tricky to enjoy… they’re all smothered in delicious barbecue sauce. Although barbecue sauce is delicious and can add a ton of flavor to your meat, most store-bought brands are drowned in sugar.
With this keto slow cooker pulled pork recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy pulled pork slathered in barbecue sauce all summer long! Going keto does not mean sacrificing flavor, it just means getting a little creative in the kitchen.
This recipe has quickly become one of my favorite lazy day and meal prep day recipes. There is almost no prep and the slow cooker takes care of the rest, my favorite type of recipe!
There are also so many ways to enjoy the leftovers from this keto slow cooker pulled pork, you’ll be making it every week. If stored correctly, the pork shoulder refrigerates well for up to 4 to 5 days. Check out some of my pairing suggestions below.
Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Ingredients
For Pulled Pork:
Pork shoulder: Pork shoulder is one of my favorite cuts of meat for slow cooking. It’s the ideal meat for pulled pork since after hours of slow cooking it falls off the bone, you’ll need about 4 pounds.
Garlic powder: Garlic is one of my favorite flavor makers, you’ll need 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
Onion powder: Onion powder is a must for meat rubs for this recipe you’ll need 1 teaspoon.
Salt: For any rub, you’ll need the classics, add 1 teaspoon of salt.
Pepper: You’ll also need ½ a teaspoon of black pepper.
Smoked paprika: While you’ll only be adding an additional ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika, it adds an additional smokiness to your dish that is unmatched by regular paprika, a closer substitute would be chipotle pepper powder.
Ground allspice: Allspice adds a layer of warmth and depth to your dish, you’ll be adding ½ a teaspoon as well.
Dried Mustard: You’ll need ½ a teaspoon of dried mustard. However. it’s important to note that while mustard powder can be used as a substitute, the measurements are very different, you’ll need about ½ a tablespoon of mustard powder.
Water: For slow cooking, you’ll need to add ½ a cup of water into your slow cooker to prevent drying out your meat.
For the BBQ Sauce:
Ground allspice: For your sauce, you’ll need ½ a teaspoon of ground allspice.
Yellow mustard: You’ll need ¼ cup of yellow mustard for this recipe.
Apple cider vinegar: Add the signature
Ketchup: To keep this recipe keto, make sure you’re using 3 tablespoons of sugar-free ketchup.
Granulated Monkfruit: Add the signature barbecue sweetness with a new ingredient! Use ¼ cup of monkfruit to sweeten your sauce.
Xanthan gum: ½ a teaspoon of xanthan gum will help your sauce thicken and come together.
How to make a Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
For the pulled pork:
Mix your seasonings. In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, allspice, and mustard powder until well mixed.
Rub mixture all over pork. Rub mixture over your pork shoulder, making sure to completely coat the meat.
Add water to your crockpot and place the pork. Add water to your large crockpot and place meat in the pot, fat side up.
Cook. Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours, until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
Remove meat. Remove the pork from the crockpot, leaving behind the leftover liquid.
Remove the bone and shred. Remove the bone and shred the meat in a dish or bowl, set aside.
For the sauce:
Skim crockpot liquid. Skim any solids and visible fat from the top of the leftover liquid in the crockpot.
Add your remaining sauce ingredients. Add your remaining sauce ingredients and whisk until smooth.
Cover and cook. Cover and cook on high for an additional 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly.
Combine with pork and enjoy. Pour the bbq sauce over the shredded pork and enjoy!
What to serve with Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Making pulled pork is a great way to meal prep because there are so many options for this dish! You can try this keto slow cooker pulled pork my keto dinner rolls for some quick sliders, or serve alongside my low-carb keto coleslaw for the perfect barbecue meal. This recipe is so versatile you can get creative with the pairings as well, another delicious option would be my keto cauliflower tots.
Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Variations
For a decadent variation, you can try tossing your keto slow cooker pulled pork back into the slow cooker while cooking the sauce. The sauce might not thicken into a barbecue sauce consistency but the outcome will be delicious!
Questions you might have
Can I use boneless pork shoulder?
You can definitely opt for boneless pork shoulder and take a step out of cooking your keto slow cooker pulled pork. However, bones add a certain richness to dishes you can’t get when cooking without, plus the meat will fall right off the bone anyway!
Can I use a different cut of pork?
While pork shoulder is the ideal cut for puller pork, you can also use a chuck roast. Chuck roasts do great in slow cookers as well, however, they are not as tender as shoulders which should be kept in mind if choosing this option.
For the pulled pork:
- 4 lbs bone-in pork shoulder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp dried mustard
- 1/2 cup water
For the BBQ sauce:
For the pulled pork:
- In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, allspice, and mustard powder. Mix well.
- Rub the spice mixture all over your pork.
- Add the water to a large crock pot and place the pork in the pot, fat side up.
- Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours, until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
- Remove the pork from the crock pot, leaving the liquid behind.
- Remove the bone, then shred the meat in a dish and set to the side.
For the sauce:
- Skim any solids and visible fat from the top of the liquid throw away.
- Add all of the sauce ingredients to the crockpot and whisk until smooth.
- Cover and cook on high for an additional 10 minutes until sauce slightly thickens.
- Pour the BBQ over the shredded pork and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 33gCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gProtein: 36g