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Low Carb Pulled Pork

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Low carb pulled pork in the crockpot! This simple recipe is perfectly seasoned and cooks with a can of beer in the slow cooker. 

I mentioned a few days ago that my husband bought me a smoker for my birthday this year.

And here I am…showing you how to make pulled pork in a crockpot. Ha! It’s just two things – 1. I’m not sure how many of you actually have a smoker and would want a recipe for that (tell me if you do!) and 2. crockpot pulled pork is actually super delicious and so dang easy.

So today you get this keto pulled pork in the slow cooker! Lucky you!

Obviously, traditional sandwich buns are out for serving this pork if you’re low carb, so get creative!

We often eat this beer pulled pork over a pile of my keto coleslaw. It’s also good on salad with ranch dressing or fathead pizza.

How to make keto pulled pork:

In the past, I’ve also made BBQ pulled pork and used a rub full of sugar to coat the pork. Not anymore!

The seasoning for this pulled pork is seriously SO good and it’s so much more versatile because it’s not sweet. You can add your favorite sauce if you want to sweeten things up or you can use the pork in other ways.

low carb pulled pork in crockpot

Start by placing your boneless pork shoulder in a crockpot.

Stir together some cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, parsley, and paprika and rub it all over the pork to coat.

Pour your favorite low carb beer into the bottom of the slow cooker. This doesn’t have a strong beer flavor at all, but feel free to use chicken broth if you prefer.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. The meat is done when it easily shreds apart with a fork.

Shred the meat and stir it around in the juices in the bottom of the slow cooker before serving.

pulled pork and cole slaw on a black plate

We like this pulled pork topped with my mustard BBQ sauce. 

Seriously, this keto pulled pork is a total favorite in my house. It’s seasoned really well and the tangy mustard BBQ sauce works perfectly with the richness of the pork.

If you haven’t made pulled pork in the crockpot before, you need to give it a try!

mustard bbq sauce getting added to pulled pork

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Low Carb Pulled Pork

Tender, juicy pulled pork made in the slow cooker! The seasoning is so good, but feel free to swap in chicken broth for the beer if you prefer.

Yield 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ cup beer

Instructions

  1. Add the pork shoulder to a large slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and paprika. Rub mixture into the pork being sure to coat all sides.
  3. Pour the beer into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Pork is ready when it easily shreds with a fork.
  5. Shred the pork and stir the meat into the juices in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  6. Serve immediately or keep warm in the slow cooker until ready to eat.

Notes

Serve this topped with my low carb mustard BBQ sauce

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 647mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 40g

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40 thoughts on “Low Carb Pulled Pork”

  1. I try not to eat red meat and am eating low carb. Do you think this recipe would work with pulled chicken? How would I adjust the slow cooker cooking time?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Rachel! I think this would work great with chicken. I usually do fresh chicken breasts at about 4 hours on low in the slow cooker. Once it’s tender enough to pull, you’re good to go. πŸ™‚

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Dena! I’ve never made this with frozen pork before. I’m not sure how much time it would add, but I’d guess at least a few hours.

  2. I wonder could you use a Coke Zero instead of beer? No carbs, no extra calories, and it might sweeten it up a little bit!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I would cook this at 200 degrees for around 8-12 hours…the pork will need to hit 200 degrees to reach that stage where it shreds nicely and is super tender.

  3. Lauren Sexton

    This recipe is so good! The pork doesn’t even need a sauce it has such great flavor! I am thinking about trying this method on ribs. Any advice?

  4. Shannon Lefevre

    Karly, I am one week old in the whole keto thing. I made this tonight along with your ridiculously amazing bbq sauce. My kid was eyeroll all the way. Why can’t we just go to the restaurant we always go to….girl, you nailed it. I nailed it because of you! These recipes were outstanding and so easy. You are amazing! Thank you

    1. Karly Campbell

      Ah, thank you, Shannon! So glad you’re finding the recipes helpful! πŸ™‚

  5. Cindy Turner

    The rub was very similar to the one I normally use. Didn’t have low carb beer so I used 3/4 cup chicken stock and 1/4 cup peach brandy. Also added 1/4 cup peach brandy to the mustard bbq sauce. Absolutely loved it! So much tastier than regular bbq sauce. Served it with the coleslaw recipe which I also loved. Definitely a keeper!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I would cut the pork into 4 big chunks and cook for 40 minutes with a natural pressure release.

  6. I bought a bone-in pork shoulder… Not realizing the recipe called for boneless. How should I adjust?

    1. Karly Campbell

      I don’t think you’ll need to adjust at all. Timing might be off a bit, but just cook til it shreds. πŸ™‚

  7. I tried this out but my meat never turned into shredded, it just stayed like a roast my grandma says I should have done low heat for a long time instead of high heat for 4 hours. Thoughts?

    1. Karly Campbell

      It just needed to cook longer. Every slow cooker is different, unfortunately. Some run hotter/cooler than others. If it wasn’t shredding after 4 hours, it needed a bit more time.

  8. I made this yesterday, with the beer, Bud Light, and it was so good! I just need to make some coleslaw with it to really kick it up. I didn’t add any sauce to it either. It would good coming straight out the broth made.

  9. I saw you could use chicken broth… would beef broth be a good alternative instead of the beer?

    1. Karly Campbell

      I didn’t measure out by weight. The nutrition was calculated based on this serving 12. πŸ™‚

      1. Carol Lettington

        In comments, you mention the NUTRITION was calculated base on 12, yet under Nutrient information states that it is based on 8 servings? Please clarify.

        1. Karly Campbell

          Oh, I must have misspoke. I just went into the calculator and confirmed – it’s definitely calculated based on serving 8.

  10. Hi , my pork still has the skin on – should I leave it on or should I remove it before cooking ?

  11. I am not a beer drinker, so I have no clue what kind to use. Also, do you have any idea if gluten free beer would work? I am sensitive to gluten. Thank you!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Gluten free beer should work fine, just look for one that is low in carbs. Alternately, just use chicken broth. No need to buy a bunch of beer if it will never get drank. πŸ™‚

  12. Whitney Buck

    Looks delicious! Would love some smoker recipes. I got one last year and have been too intimidated to try much!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m still learning myself, but I plan to get some good ones up before long! πŸ™‚

      1. Bob LeBlanc

        I have a smoker. Still looking for a pulled pork seasoning that’s not all sugar based

        1. Karly Campbell

          I think this blend would work well in a smoker. You could add in some sweetener if you wanted more of a bbq flavor.

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