Atkins Diet Recipes: Low Carb “Smoked” Pulled Pork (IF)

Atkins Diet Recipes: Low Carb “Smoked” Pulled Pork

I am a huge fan of barbecue cooking and smoked meats, but I don’t have two things — a smoker or the patience to sit with the smoker and ensure a constant temp. This recipe solves that situation by infusing a ton of some flavor into the pork roast through the brine and utilizes the oven to gradually cook the roast. While this recipe may take 12+ hours to cook, I spent only about 20 minutes actual time in the kitchen. It is somewhat the ultimate in the “Set it and Forget it” type recipes to quote Ron Popeil. This is the same recipe I prepared for Tasha’s graduation party, which received rave reviews. Some attendees said it was better than other BBQ food prepared at other parties, including legendary Hickory Park BBQ joint in Ames.

Atkins Diet Recipes: Low Carb “Smoked” Pulled Pork (IF)

Prep Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 12 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 10-20 Servings

Serving Size: 6 oz of pork

An awesome pork roast with all the flavor of a BBQ smokehouse, but none of the babysitting or requirement for smoke.


  • 8-10# pork roast (picnic or Boston butt)
  • 1/4 cup dry rib rub
  • Brine
  • 2 qts Water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup dry rib rub
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke


  1. Butterfly the pork roast along the bone to increase the surface area.
  2. In a medium pot on the stove, dissolve salt into the water. Add the dry rib rub and liquid smoke. Remove from heat, and add ice as needed to cool the brine.
  3. In a cooler, place the rib roast. Pour the brine over the roast and ensure it is covered. Refrigerate 4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 275F. Remove roast from brine, and pat dry with paper towels. Add dry rub to the inside of roast, and the top. Wrap with two sheets of aluminum foil in opposite directions, and place in oven for 6 hours.
  5. Once the roast reaches an internal temp 180F, remove the the aluminum foil from the top of the roast. Bake in oven for another 2 hours to develop a good "bark" or crust on the outside of the roast.

Notes/Nutrition Info:

Nutrition Info per serving (6 oz pork): 476 Calories, 36g Fat, 0.3g Total Carbs (.1g Fiber), 34g Protein

Nutrition Info per serving (6 oz pork):
476 Calories, 36g Fat, 0.3g Total Carbs (.1g Fiber), 34g Protein

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11 comments to Atkins Diet Recipes: Low Carb “Smoked” Pulled Pork (IF)

  • Oh man! I love that pulled pork! Looks droolishly fantastic, Kent! You did it again!

  • Amy

    You pulled pork recipe looks amazing and I would very much like to try it. I can’t find the recipe for the dry rub however. Thanks!

    • admin

      The link to the dry rub recipe ( was at point 1:47 in the video and in the LCAF cookbook. Follow the link in this recipe, and it is in the video description.

  • Sandra Gillanders

    This looks like a great recipe and I plan on trying it out sometime this summer when my family gets together. Enjoy your videos very much. Thanks for all the recipes, it really helps keep it fun and interesting.

    • admin

      I am looking forward to making this recipe again this week. That way I can have Carnitas the rest of the week for breakfast.

  • Amy

    Thanks for the response. I do see that you USE the dry rub at point 1:47 in the video, and call for it in the description of the video, but as far as I can see there is no recipe for what is IN the dry rub. I’m not sure what I’m missing here. Is it possible to list the ingredients for me? Thank you.

    • From the video description of the linked video (Slow grilled ribs —
      “-=Low Carb Rib Rub=-
      3/4 cup Granulated Splenda
      1/2 cup Chili powder
      1/2 cup Salt
      1/4 cup garlic powder
      2 TBS Onion Powder
      1 TBS Black Pepper
      2 TSP cayenne pepper
      1 TSP Thyme
      Serving Size (1/4 cup)
      45 Calories, 1g Fat, 8g Carbs (2.5g Fiber), 1.5g Protein”

  • Amy

    Thanks very much!!! 🙂

  • Gayle Byers

    Love, love, love the pulled pork recipe . . .


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