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  • Low Carb Hush Puppies

    I’ve always loved hush puppies. I’ve toyed with the idea of trying to make a low carb version, but I kept putting it off because I didn’t think they would turn out well. I was completely wrong. These are Katie tested and approved; she definitely won’t eat anything that isn’t like the real thing.

    I used my favorite bake mix from one of the best low carb sites I’ve found. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Low-Carbing. I use her Lower-Fiber Low-Carb Gluten-Free Bake Mix (with flax meal and whey protein) – option #2. See discussion and link here.

    Low Carb Hush Puppies:

    2 cups low carb bake mix

    1 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    2 eggs

    4 tablespoons melted butter

    1/2 cup water

    Preheat oil to 350 degrees. I used my deep fryer, but you can do this with oil in a pot if you have a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. I always use peanut oil for frying.

    Combine dry ingredients first and then stir in all wet ingredients. Drop batter into the hot oil, about a heaping tablespoon for each hush puppy. I fried 10-12 in each batch. Fry until golden brown. You may need to flip them so that they brown evenly. It only takes about 3-4 minutes to cook each batch. Remove from the deep fryer and drain on paper towels. Salt hush puppies while they are still hot.

    Makes 24 hush puppies: NET carbs about 1.8 each



  • Low Carb Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Barbecue is a popular meal for my family. It’s just one of those things we can all actually agree on. My mom was surprised that the barbecue recipe that I always used in the past had to be changed to make it low carb. I think it’s a common mistake for low carbers to fail to realize just how much sugar and carbs ketchup and barbecue sauces contain. It’s really easy to make your own though. This recipe also reheats really well. We had enough for dinner a couple of nights and for some lunches as well. You can also freeze it too. I love to get several meals out of one recipe. Plus, pork shoulder goes on sale often. It excites me to get more than one family dinner out of 10 or 12 dollars worth of meat.

    Dry Rub:

    2 tablespoons salt

    1 tablespoon black pepper

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    1 tablespoon garlic powder

    2 teaspoons ground mustard seed

    Mix all ingredients and coat a 4-5 pound pork shoulder/butt on all sides. Wrap meat in plastic wrap and allow it to sit in the frig for at least an hour. It’s better if you let it sit overnight.

    Place meat fat side up in a roasting pan and cook at 450 degrees for 1 hour. You may think you’ve burned it at this point, but that is good.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Remove from oven and lower the heat to 350 degrees. Add 4 cloves of chopped garlic and 12 ounces of low carb beer to the pan with the meat. Cover the meat with foil and make 4 or 5 small vent holes in the top. Cook for another 3 hours. Check your meat at this point and see if it’s tender. It should easily fall apart and the bone should be easily removed. If not, give it another 30 minutes in the oven.

    When the meat is done remove it from your roasting pan and place it on your serving dish. (I use a glass 9 X 13 that has a lid. It makes storage and reheating of leftovers in the microwave really easy.)

    Pour all of your pan drippings (skim off excess fat) into a small pot and add the following:

    1/2 cup reduced sugar ketchup

    2 tablespoons whole grain or dijon mustard

    1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce

    1/3 cup Splenda or 8 drops of EZ Sweetz

    1/3 cup granular erythritol

    Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes. While the sauce simmers, pull the pork apart with forks. Remove the bone and excess fat. Pour your hot barbecue sauce over the pulled pork and coat all of the meat.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I served mine with slaw that I sweetened with Splenda, green beans, and hushpuppies. Recipe for the hushpuppies is coming soon!

    You can also use a low carb wrap, tortilla, or pita to make a sandwich.

    Makes 12 very large servings of barbecue: Net Carbs in sauce is 1 per serving.