I forgot this was race weekend in New England. For those of you who live in more metro areas or not near a major superspeedway, this probably doesn’t mean too much. Up here in the middle of no where, it’s a big deal. They estimate the NASCAR races and the historic Loudon Bike Week increase the population of the region by double. Yes, that means even more people on the roads at leaf peeper time, most of them towing large campers.
And then, my mind starts wandering to food because, hell, one of the best parts of going to a race is the awesome food you can get from the concession stands :). See? There is a food connection!
What are the foods there? The usual you will see at most events – hot dogs, sausages, burgers, fries, rings, chicken fingers, nachos, pulled pork. BACK UP THE TRUCK!! Pulled pork? Hmmmm. Now that would taste good right about now!!! Unfortunately, most pulled pork recipes also use brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey in the sauce. We of course, cannot have that. Hmmm. What can we do? The last time I hit NHMS for a race, I had the most amazing pulled pork sammich ever. There was something different in the spices from what I normally associate with pulled pork – it wasn’t barbecue, it was more spicy, less sweet, and not really tomatoey (is that even a word? It is now!), it wasn’t covered in a spicy-sweet-sticky-stain-your-new-tshirt-goo, and had a hit of something I couldn’t quite put my finger on…
…until I was working on a dessert recipe and got a whiff of allspice.
I found the key. So, I pulled out the crock pot again (Saturday I had it out for Kabocha Savory Soup so technically, it was still on the counter…) and decided that today, Hobbit and The Lady would have pulled pork sammichs, Hobbit Keto style. It worked. Ohhh, did it work!
I whipped up a batch of my Keto Hot Dog rolls, just made them a little longer to fit this sandwich over a dog-sized. It worked. While they were baking, I got to work on getting the pork in the crock pot. FYI, you have two options on this – do them on high for about 4 hours, or low for 8-10. Since I had all day, I picked low but do what fits your schedule. Here we go, ready?
Pulled pork keto-style (enough to cover about 3lbs of pork):
- a honking piece of pork (I used pork loin because that’s what I had on hand, but shoulder works really well)
- 1.5 tsp onion powder
- 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic
- 1.5 tsp Light Salt (or sea salt – for the potassium)
- 1 tsp black or white pepper
- 1.5 tsp smoked (or regular if that is what you have) paprika
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp cloves
- 0.5 tsp cumin
- 3/4 cup water
Mix all the dry together well, then take the rub and, well, rub all over the pork, covering it all. Mix the water in with any remaining spices, pour into bottom of crock pot. Put pork in, turn on and let it do its thing. After the proper time, remove the pork and shred it with a couple of forks, then add back to the crock, stirring it up well so all the pieces are coated. If you used the ‘low heat’ method, kick it up to high for 15 minutes, if not leave it on high for 15 minutes with the COVER OFF. Toast the buns while waiting, then brush with a little melted butter for that extra oomph.
Pile on the pork, serve, and ENJOY!!
Nutritional information (rolls): Calories each 140, Fat:12g, Protein: 8, Carbs: 2, Fiber: 1, Net carbs: 1
The pork depends on what pork you use, I used 6oz of loin chops since there’s just two of us, so factored on a 3oz serving of pork:
Nutritional information (pork): Calories each 206, Fat:12g, Protein: 23, Carbs: 0, Fiber: 0, Net carbs: 0
So, put all together:
Nutritional information (sandwich): Calories each 346, Fat:24g, Protein: 31, Carbs: 2, Fiber: 1, Net carbs: 1
Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me 🙂. If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!!