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keto bbq pulled pork on a white bowl with parsley

Our Low Carb BBQ Pulled Pork is so juicy and tender, it’ll make your mouth water! We make this keto BBQ pulled pork in a slow cooker, but you can make it in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot too! It’s ridiculously easy to make and it’ll soon become a family favorite! 

Before going keto, a common breakfast for your Keto Queens was a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of juice. Or maybe a bagel with a glass of milk. They sound like pretty healthy breakfasts, right? But what we didn’t realize was the “hidden sugar effect”.

Or we’d head to a summer pool party and chow down on a pulled BBQ beef sandwich with extra sauce, an ear of corn, a few slices of fresh tomato, and a wedge of fresh watermelon. We might as well have been eating sugar by the spoonful without even realizing it!

keto bbq pulled pork on a white bowl with parsley

The “hidden sugar effect” is when carbohydrates convert to sugar when digested. You don’t see the sugar, but your body does. 

Basically, when you eat foods high in carbs, like BBQ sauce or a bowl of sugary cereal, it effects you the way teaspoons of sugar would. Whether sugar comes from toast and juice or a bowl of ice cream, it has the same effect on your body’s blood sugar!

For example, did you know that a bagel has the same “hidden sugar effect” on your blood sugar levels as eight teaspoons of sugar? And one 8-ounce glass of orange juice has the same “hidden sugar effect” as five teaspoons of sugar!

And any excess sugar in your bloodstream that isn’t used as energy is stored as fat.

Unfortunately, it’s overeating these carbs that raise and drop your blood sugar levels, making you crave more and sending you into a blood sugar rollercoaster.

But a low carb or keto-friendly lifestyle isn’t about giving up everything you love! It’s about making smart swaps. Easy choices that seems small, but really add up. 

keto bbq pulled pork on a white bowl with parsley

For example, making a homemade Sugar Free BBQ Sauce instead of using regular BBQ sauce. Taking five minutes to whip up a homemade Strawberry Low Carb Ice Cream as a summer dessert instead of diving into a pint. Meal prepping on weekends to help you avoid the drive-through on busy weekdays. Or when you don’t have time to meal prep, choosing an Atkins product.

Strawberry Low Carb Ice Cream Recipe (No Ice Cream Maker) Close Up

What’s the difference between Atkins and Keto?

Atkins 20 and Atkins 40 are comparable to the keto diet, but overall Atkins allows for more flexibility as Atkins encourage people to incorporate foods back into their meals and find their carb tolerance level. Please find a breakdown below and within this infographic here.

“Classic” Ketogenic Diet:

  1. 75-90% of calories from fat
  2. 5-20% of calories from protein
  3. <5% of calories from carbs

Atkins 20:

  1. 60-70% of calories from fat
  2. 20-30% of calories from protein
  3. 5-10% of calories from carbs

Atkins 40:

  1. 55-65% of calories from fat
  2. 20-30% of calories from protein
  3. 10-15% of calories from carbs

Atkins Low Carb Solutions

Atkins puts more emphasis on low sugar products, with two new launches this past fall:

Atkins Protein Powders: Available in Milk Chocolate and Vanilla varieties, Atkins Protein Powders are packed with 15g of protein, 5g of fiber and 1g sugar and are a great ingredient for shakes, smoothies or even baked goods

Atkins Protein Wafer Crisps: These low sugar, protein-packed crisps come in three delicious flavors – Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint and Lemon Vanilla – and are packed with 10-11g of high-quality protein and 4-5g of fiber and boast a low glycemic impact with 1g of sugar.

keto bbq pulled pork on a white bowl with parsley

It’s Summer time and everyone back home is having a backyard barbecue! All our friends are smoking brisket, ribs and pork butt and we’re over here in Paris eating all of the French cheeses. 

Prior to leaving for Paris, we whipped up a delicious low carb sugar free BBQ sauce! We also made a slow cooker pork butt recipe and had plenty of leftovers.

sugar free best BBQ sauce for pulled pork in a bowl with spoon

What did we do?! We combined the two and made this deliciously easy Low Carb BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe! 

Growing up we never had a smoker. Neither of us still have one LOL, so we rely on our pressure cooker and slow cooker to make tougher cuts of meat like a pork butt, pull apart tender!

How to Make BBQ Pulled Pork

Making BBQ pulled pork is super easy! You can make fork tender shredded pork either in your slow cooker or pressure cooker. We made ours in a Crock Pot because we had something else in the pressure cooker at that time.

Pro Tip: Get our step by step directions (link to post with video) for how to make a slow cooker pork butt recipe. We even made a video too!

First you’ll make your shredded pork by your desired cooking method (or buy it pre-cooked without BBQ sauce!). Then you’ll add the shredded pork, spices (see below) and our sugar free BBQ sauce to a medium sauce pan. 

Next, stir well and cook over medium heat until it’s warm throughout. Serve immediately. Snag a few bites for yourself because you might not get any before your guests eat it all!

slow cooker pork butt shredded with 2 forks

What to do with leftover BBQ pulled pork?

We highly doubt that you will have any leftover keto BBQ pulled pork. But in the off chance you do, these are some of our favorite ways to use leftover BBQ pulled pork!

keto bbq pulled pork on a white bowl with parsley

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keto bbq pulled pork on a white bowl with parsley

Low Carb BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe 

Our Low Carb BBQ Pulled Pork is so juicy and tender, it'll make your mouth water! Made with sugar free BBQ sauce, it's perfect for a keto diet!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Faith



  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until warm throughout, about
  • 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Serve.


  1. If you don't have leftover shredded pork, you can buy pre-cooked shredded pork without BBQ sauce for this recipe, or
  2. Get our step by step directions (link to post with video) for how to make shredded pork in a slow cooker.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 808mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
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