KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK

KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK

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When my husband Shawn and I were dating, I insisted we head to Toronto (1.5 hours away) for Chinese BBQ pork called Char Siu sold at my favourite Asian restaurant in Toronto’s China Town called King Noodle (296 Spadina Avenue).  If you’ve been to China town chances are you’ve seen Char Sui with its red and gold shimmering skin hanging side by side alongside roasted ducks and soy sauce chicken, visible through the restaurant window.  The most traditional version uses 4 obscure ingredients only found in Chinatown — fermented brown bean sauce, red fermented bean curd cubes, rose cooking wine, and Maltose sugar.   

In ancient times wild boar was used to prepare this delicacy. Today domestic pork is used.  The term ‘char siu’ refers to meats marinated in char siu seasoning.  The meats are prepared either from scratch or from store-bought version, then roasted in the oven, over a fire, or on the BBQ. 

Shawn always agreed to head to Toronto, no doubt, for no other reason that I seemed super excited to introduce him to one of my favourite culinary dishes. When he tried the Chinese BBQ pork for the first time, he moaned in delight. His pound of pork disappeared within minutes. Since this early introduction to King Noodle’s Char Siu, Shawn and I have been indulging ever since when I choose to vacate my Paleo and refined-sugar-free lifestyle.  Char Sui has a sweet and salty taste.  The sauce is often used in Cantonese cooking.   The meat is often served in a bun or with noodles or rice.  

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK

I think pork continues to get a bad rap. I am a fan of this protein but do eat it in moderation. Pork offers a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals. Three ounces of pork provides a third of our daily requirement for thiamine, niacin, selenium, and vitamin B6. This meat is also rich in B12, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Three ounces of pork also gives you approximately 22 grams of protein. Did you know that pork contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for your body’s growth and maintenance?

Yes, pork is saturated fat. The good news is that some cuts are leaner than others. The nutritional value of pork varies greatly, depending on the weight and cut. The most lavish cuts are bacon, ribs, and butt. Three ounces of pork ribs have about 232 calories, 22 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat.

The cuts that have ‘loin’ in their name tend to be the leanest. A three-ounce portion of pork tenderloin generally offers about 163 calories, about 21 grams of protein, and only about 2.98 grams of total fat. (This is as lean as a skinless chicken breast.)

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK?  

The predominant flavour of this pork dish comes from the Chinese 5 spice seasoning.  This spice blend adds warmth, complexity, and spiciness to the pork. Due to 2 of the 5 ingredients offering licorice notes, the spice blend works incredibly well with the sweetness.  Pork is considered sweet-tasting meat so the spice is highly complementary. 

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK?

Due to the predominant spiciness and licorice, this Chinese spice blend on the pork makes it compatible with wines offering some sweetness.  Off-dry Rieslings and off-dry Gewurztraminer are good partners.  Also, think about the off-dry rose.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK?

 PALEO WHOLE30 SUPER EASY CHINESE CHAR SIU (BBQ PORK)

Get pork shoulder pieces ready. Cut off excess fat and/or rind.

.PALEO WHOLE30 SUPER EASY CHAR SIU (BBQ PORK)

Preheat oven to 350 F with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a pan with tinfoil or parchment paper (to make clean-up easier). Set a wire rack on top of the baking pan. Spray the rack with avocado non-stick cooking spray (to make clean-up easier). Set the pork on the wire rack.

.PALEO WHOLE30 SUPER EASY CHAR SIU (BBQ PORK)

Coat the pork with the sauce. Generously sprinkle Chinese 5 spice oven the sauce. (Note: you can marinade the pork in the sauce overnight in a zip lock bag if you prepare dish in advance.)

PALEO WHOLE30 SUPER EASY CHINESE CHAR SIU (BBQ PORK)

Bake pork for 40 to 45 minutes until pork is done. Rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh cilantro or scallions. Serve with cauliflower rice.

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KETO LOW-CARB PALEO BBQ PORK

Keto Low-Carb Paleo is absolutely delicious!  Tasty! Scrumptious! The recipe uses pork shoulder, sugar-free and gluten-free Chinese 5 Spice Seasoning, sugar-free (or no sugar added) apricot jam and unsweetened coconut.   If you are hunting for a super easy and tasty Keto Low-Carb rib recipe paired with wine, check out this recipe!

  • Author: KETO PALEO SHARI MAC
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB PALEO
  • Method: ROASTING
  • Cuisine: DINNER
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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Sauce:

1/2 cup sugar-free apricot jam or marmalade (Keto Low-Carb) or no sugar added apricot jam or marmalade (Paleo)

¼ cup coconut aminos

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon Red Boat fish sauce

 

3 pounds of pork shoulder

 

Chinese 5 spice Seasoning:

½ cup Chinese 5 spice (as needed)*

½ cup powdered unsweetened coconut**

Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

 

*For the Chinese 5 spice recipe click the link below.  Double recipe:

KETO LOW-CARB PALEO SUGAR-FREE SALT-FREE CHINESE 5 SPICE

 

**Place ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut in Magic Bullet or blender and blend until it turns to powder.  

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F with the rack in the middle of the oven.  Line a pan with tinfoil or parchment paper (to make clean up easier).  Set a wire rack on top of the baking pan.  Spray the rack with avocado non-stick cooking spray (to make clean up easier).  Set the pork on the wire rack.

 

Coat the pork with the sauce.  Generously sprinkle Chinese 5 spice oven the sauce. (Note: you can marinade the pork in the sauce overnight in a zip lock bag if you prepare dish in advance.)

 

Bake pork for 40 to 45 minutes until pork is done.  Rest for 15 minutes before slicing.  Garnish with fresh cilantro or scallions.  Serve with cauliflower rice.

Notes

The recipe is based on the keto version and is approximate only.  One serving has 26.9 net carbs but only 1.2 grams of sugars.  

 

(Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot now what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.  Net carbs are the total carbs minus the fiber.)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 pound per person
  • Calories: 880
  • Sugar: 1.2
  • Sodium: 424
  • Fat: 58.4
  • Saturated Fat: 24.1
  • Carbohydrates: 29.1
  • Fiber: 2.2
  • Protein: 54.4
  • Cholesterol: 204

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