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Pulled BBQ Beef is an easy recipe that the entire family will love! Make a large batch in the crockpot or Instant Pot for barbecues and potlucks! The secret ingredient to this shredded BBQ beef is our amazing homemade sugar free BBQ sauce!
Pulled BBQ beef reminds me of summer and backyard BBQs. Now my parents weren’t one to make pulled barbecue beef, but instead they’d buy one at the grocery store that was full of sugar and carbs. But man did it taste good!
We’d put that stuff on sandwiches, eat it on the side with mac and cheese and it was perfect for leftovers!
Today we’ve re-created one of my childhood favorite meals but in a keto friendly way! You’re gonna love this keto pulled BBQ beef!
Ingredients for Pulled BBQ Beef
- cooked shredded beef
- sugar free BBQ sauce
- black pepper
- scallion, green and white parts, thinly sliced, for garnish
- minced red onion, for garnish
How to Make Pulled BBQ Beef
Our pulled beef BBQ recipe uses pre-cooked or leftover shredded beef. You can use store bought pulled beef (no sauce) or you can follow either of the cooking methods below to make shredded BBQ beef.
First add cooked shredded beef, sugar free BBQ sauce, salt and pepper to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until warm throughout. This should take about 5 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.
Next remove from heat. Finally, serve with sliced scallions and red onion sprinkled on top.
How to Make Crockpot BBQ Beef
To make crockpot BBQ beef is actually very easy! First, plug in your crockpot. Next, place the chuck roast in the crockpot.
Then, sprinkle the chuck roast with salt and pepper. Next, add the lid to the crockpot and secure. After that, you will set your crockpot on low for 7-8 hours.
Once the timer goes off you will want to carefully shred the beef. You can do this by using 2 fork or a hand mixer, whichever you prefer. Finally, add your sugar free BBQ sauce and stir. Then transfer it to a serving platter.
Sprinkle the scallion and minced red onion on top and serve.
How to Make Instant Pot BBQ Beef
First, you’ll get a chuck roast and then pat the meat dry with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and black pepper. Next, turn the Instant Pot on to the “Sauté” function. Wait for it to heat up, then add the chuck roast.
Let it sear on the first side, and then flip it and let it sear on the second side. Once seared, add water (or beef stock).
Next, secure the lid and turn the pot on to Manual, High Pressure. Once fully cooked, let it do a natural pressure release. Lastly, just shred the beef with 2 forks, add sugar free BBQ sauce and stir. Then, transfer it to a serving platter.
Finally, Sprinkle the scallion and minced red onion on top and serve.
Pro Tip: Get our easy STEP BY STEP direction on how to make Instant Pot Shredded Beef.
Chuck Roast for Barbecue Cooking Times
That time it takes to cook a chuck roast entirely depends on your cooking method! When you’re in a pinch and need your shredded BBQ beef quick, we suggest cooking it in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. You can have fall apart shredded beef in under 2 hours start to finish.
If you have all day to let your beef roast cook, we suggest cooking it in a slow cooker. This method takes around 8 hours but the flavor is a little bit better than if you were to use a pressure cooker.
What Cut of Beef is Good for Shredding?
We prefer to use a chuck roast for shredded BBQ beef because it falls apart easily. It’s got a good bit of fat on it so it’s not super lean and likely to be tough when cooked. If you’re interested in learning the different beef grades (Prime, Choice, Select), check out this beef grading shields from the USDA.
How do you Shred Beef Easily?
We shred beef just like we shred chicken! Check out our keto crack chicken post where we show the best techniques for shredding meat.
You’ll love these other easy low carb dinner meal ideas
- Cast Iron Pork Chops
- Instant Pot Chuck Roast – shredded beef
- Slow Cooker Pork Butt
- Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
- Keto Instant Pot Crack Chicken
- Keto Quick and Easy Mushroom Stroganoff Sauce with Leftover Grilled Steak
- Low Carb Beef Chili Recipe (Beanless Chili)
- Low Carb Instant Pot Beef Stew
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Pulled BBQ Beef Recipe | Keto & Gluten Free
- slow cooker or crockpot if you aren't using pre-cooked or left-over meat
- Add all ingredients except garnishes to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until warm
- throughout, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Serve with the scallion and red onion sprinkled on top.
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