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Ever tried Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork?  It’s also called Char Siu. 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 favorite 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 favorite 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 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.  


The nutritional value for Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork is positive.  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.)


The predominant flavour of  Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork 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. 


This Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork seasoning on the pork is full of health benefits.  The seasoning possesses two compounds called cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin that help prevent clumps of the tau protein from occurring in the brain and therefore is believed to help prevent Alzheimer’s.  Cinnamon also helps to regulate insulin levels for diabetics. And for this reason, studies suggest that it may also contain anti-Alzheimer’s properties.

While most of us know the health benefits of cinnamon, this rub has other spices with additional health benefits.  I’ve included a couple of videos that I felt were worth watching:

Star anise is a spice that comes from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant. It has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments. In recent years, scientific studies have confirmed many of the health benefits associated with star anise. One of the main health benefits of star anise is its ability to relieve digestive issues. It contains compounds that can help reduce bloating, gas, and constipation. It may also help stimulate the production of digestive enzymes, which can improve nutrient absorption. Another potential benefit of star anise is its ability to boost the immune system. It contains compounds that have antimicrobial properties, which means they can help fight off harmful bacteria and viruses. Some studies have also suggested that star anise may have anti-inflammatory properties, which could help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Finally, star anise may have some potential benefits for the skin. It contains compounds that can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which are two key factors in the development of skin aging. Some studies have suggested that applying star anise extract to the skin may help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Overall, star anise is a spice with many potential health benefits. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects on the body. As with any supplement or herbal remedy, it is important to talk to your doctor before using star anise for medicinal purposes.

Fennel Seeds: Like Star Anise, Fennel seeds have a licorice-like flavour.  This seed is also highly nutritious.  It is high in vitamin C, manganese to stimulate your metabolism, is high in antioxidants and so is anti-inflammatory, and contains limonene which combats free radicals.

Cloves: These brown buds come from a tropical evergreen tree in Indonesia.  Clove’s health benefits are incredible.  They contain important nutrients that are high in antioxidants, help to protect against cancer, can kill bacteria, supports liver health, regulates blood sugar, promotes bone health, helps to reduce stomach ulcers.

Szechwan peppercorns: Another super healthy spice, Szechwan peppercorns come the Szechwan tree (scrub) in the Sichuan province of northern China.  The spice is made from the pink husks from around the seeds.  The seeds are discarded.  This spice helps to stimulate our immune system, helps to reduce pain, boosts our appetite, increases blood circulation, strengthens bones, and reduces inflammation.


Due to the predominant flavors of spiciness and licorice, this Chinese spice blend on the Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork makes it compatible with wines offering some sweetness.   The spice has sweetness and heat and spice.  For this reason you’ll need a white with some sweetness to match and to off-set the heat and spice. In following a Keto diet or in living a low-carb lifestyle, we don’t want to use up your carbs on a glass of wine.  Why add the extra carbs to your meal when you can find zero carb wines!  You have a couple of options:

  1. Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the wine to dish. Enjoy your wine the way you like it. 
  2. If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to match the sweetness and offset the heat and spice.  Add a pinch of Stevia or monk fruit sweetener to your glass of wine.  Choose a white like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet.  So they taste great with the added sweetener.  The wine’s sweetness will nicely match and offset the heat and spice.

*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring.  Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal.  Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat.  Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite.  So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.


Keto Low-Carb Turkey Frittata (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Cream Cheese (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Tilapia Parmesan (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Montreal Chicken Quarters (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers (Heart Healthy)


OMG, the Ninja NC301 CREAMi Ice Cream Maker is the BEST appliance I’ve bought for myself to support my Keto diet. I stand behind this product 100%. I eat healthy high protein, sugar-free ice cream every night. I experiment with different ingredient combinations all the time. I purchased 5 additional containers so that I can make a week’s worth of ice cream at one time. I’ve made ice cream with cottage cheese and almond milk with protein powder; tofu with almond milk and protein powder; fat-free plain yogurt with almond milk and sugar-free jello and more! The machine shaves frozen pints perfectly with its one-touch programs.. You can prepare ice cream, sorbet, gelato, milkshake, smoothie bowl, lite ice cream and more.  Prep your base, freeze overnight, process, and enjoy!

Sometimes it takes more than one spin to get your desired texture. Select the re-spin function if, after processing, you want your processed treat softer and creamier. This unit is ONLY compatible with the Ninja CREAMi NC299 and NC300 pint accessories. It will NOT fit the NC100, NC200 or NC500 Series pints.

With the Ninja Creami you can enjoy healthy treats that taste just as good as regular ice cream loaded in bad saturated fat, sugar, and preservatives.


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

Preheat the 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 marinate the pork in the sauce overnight in a zip lock bag if you prepare the dish in advance.)


Bake or grill on BBQ 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 BBQ Pork 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!




1/2 cup sugar-free apricot jam or marmalade

1/4 cup coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon Red Boat fish sauce


3 pounds of pork shoulder (pork tenderloin for Keto Heart Healthy)

Chinese 5 spice Seasoning:

1/2 cup Chinese 5 spice (as needed)*

1/2 cup Swerve brown sugar

Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)


  • *Keto Low-Carb Chinese 5 Spice Seasoning
  • 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 seasoning over the sauce. (Note: you can marinate 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.


  • 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.  Not all carbohydrates, such as the ones in natural sweeteners, affect the body in the same way.  When using natural sweeteners in a recipe, look at the sugar content instead.
  • (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 fibre.)
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: ROASTING
  • Cuisine: DINNER


  • 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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