This keto pulled pork recipe combines two of your faves while also being nice and easy to make. You’ll first need to mix together a tasty spice mixture to use on your pork before slow cooking it to perfection in your instant pot. You’ll finish it off by adding in the best keto BBQ sauce ever and then all that’s left to do is dig in!
How to Make Tender Pulled Pork In an Instant Pot
What really makes this keto pulled pork recipe stand out in my opinion is the savory spice mixture that you’ll be using.
In order to make it, you’ll first need to grab a small bowl and then combine your paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Make sure to use fresh spices as this is what will give your dish its flavor.
Next, go ahead and take your boneless pork butt (or shoulder) and cut it into six pieces. Season each of these pieces with your spice mixture and then set them aside.
Get your instant pot out, and add in your water, apple cider vinegar, and some Stevia or your preferred low carb granulated sweetening option. Mix everything to combine and then add in your six pork pieces as well.
Close your instant pot and let it do its magic. In 60 minutes, you’ll finally be able to release the pressure and the result should be tender, fall-off-the-bone pork that will send you straight to heaven.
Toss to combine and then you’ll be all set to serve your pulled pork on keto friendly buns along with your favorite toppings. Bon appetit!
Can I Use Another Cut of Pork Besides Pork Butt or Shoulder?
Pulled pork is quite unlike a pork brisket in the sense that you can really use any cut of fatty pork meat for making it.
While the best cut is undoubtedly either the pork butt or shoulder, if you would prefer to make this recipe with your favorite cut of meat, you can absolutely feel free to do so.
One quick tip that I can give you guys is to just make sure that you’re using a cut of meat that has a layer of fat on one side.
My Pulled Pork Isn’t Coming Apart. Why Is That?
There are typically two main reasons why your pulled pork isn’t coming apart after cooking.
The first reason is simply that you didn’t cook your pork for long enough. When you’re slow cooking fatty cuts of meat, it’s essential to cook the meat for long enough that the fat and connective tissue can properly be broken down.
Another reason why your pork is ending up tough is actually the complete opposite reason: you ended up cooking it for too long. If you end up cooking pork for too long at too high of a temperature, it will end up drying the meat out, which results in tough pork that can’t be pulled apart easily with a fork.
How Long Does Pulled Pork Stay Good For?
You can expect leftover pulled pork to last in the fridge for about as long as other types of cooked meat, such as a ham or pork roast.
Before storing your pulled pork after cooking, you should first let it cool down to room temperature. You can then place the pork in either a food-safe bag or an airtight storage container.
Cooked pulled pork usually stays good when stored in the fridge like this for about 3-4 days. On the other hand, if you plan on freezing your pulled pork, you can expect it to last for up to 2-3 months!
(Make with these buns: Fluffy Keto Rolls)
Easy 7-Ingredient Instant Pot Keto Pulled Pork
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
- 4 pounds boneless pork butt or shoulder
- 2 tsp smoked hot paprika
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener to taste
- 1 cup keto BBQ sauce
- salt, black pepper to taste
- In a small bowl combine the smoked hot paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper.
- Cut the pork into 6 pieces.
- Season the pieces with the spice mixture and set aside.
- Add 1 cup of water, apple cider vinegar and sweeter to the Instant pot and mix to combine.
- Add the pork.
- Close and seal the Instant pot.
- Turn the venting knob to SEALING.
- Press PRESSURE COOK button and check to make sure the pressure level shows as “High” in the display.
- Adjust the timer to 60 minutes.
- When finished cooking, release pressure naturally according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Open the lid and remove the pork from the pot.
- Shred the pork with 2 forks.
- Add the barbecue sauce and toss to coat.
- Serve the pulled pork on keto buns with your favorite toppings.
Serve with these homemade keto rolls
(View more: Easy Keto Instant Pot Recipes)