Crockpot AIP Pulled Beef Lettuce Cups Recipe
Perfectly savory with just a hint of sweetness, this crockpot AIP pulled beef lettuce cups recipe is a winner for lunch or dinner!
Your Best Friend’s Favorite
It’s so frustrating. You’re talking food with your bestie and she talks about this amazing new recipe she found.
It actually does sound good, and you’d like to try it. There’s only one problem—while it might be suitable for her, you’re positive there are ingredients in there you just can’t have.
So you check out her recipe, and your fears are confirmed. After scanning pages of similar recipes on the internet, you realize there doesn’t seem to be anything like it that works for AIP.
But that doesn’t mean you have to go without.
How I Made This AIP
Looking through the vast wasteland of internet recipes told me there are several things you need to look out for if you’re craving pulled beef but following AIP.
The first is sugar. Added sugar doesn’t do anyone any favors, but it’s really something to be avoided if you have an autoimmune condition.
That being said, part of the appeal of a nice barbeque-style pulled pork is the sweetness. To achieve a similar result, I added honey to this beef recipe.
Spices are another common addition to pulled beef. Watch out for paprika, mustard seed, and chili powder, to name a few.
Worcestershire sauce is also typically found in pulled beef. You can get a similar taste using coconut aminos, which has the flavor without the gluten.
Some recipes capitalize on speed/laziness and call for barbeque sauce. Delicious, yes, but probably also problematic for AIP.
Sweet barbeque sauces tend to have at least one form of sugar in them, so I did not include that in this version.
Beyond that, there are some ingredients that can stay the same, such as onion, olive oil, and hot beef broth.
What Not to Eat
You may have noticed that seemingly innocuous foods like paprika and tomatoes are not present in any AIP recipes. That’s by design.
These foods and many others belong to a family of plants called nightshades, and they’re not to be eaten on AIP.
Nightshades contain glycoalkaloids, which may contribute to leaky gut. In fact, eating high amounts of glycoalkaloids is actually toxic!
Unfortunately, nightshades are found in a number of common spices and sauces, so it’s a good idea to become familiar with particular foods to avoid.
Check out this post for a comprehensive list of nightshades and more information about why you don’t want to eat them.
Nothing is better than pulled beef from a crockpot.
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
- 1 medium onion (110 g), peeled and sliced
- 1.10 lbs (500 g) of chuck roast, deboned
- 2 cups (480 ml) of hot beef broth
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of honey
- iceberg lettuce, to serve
- parsley, to garnish
- In a pan, cook onions with one tablespoon olive oil until soft and caramelized. Remove and set aside.
- In the same pan used for the onions, heat the second tablespoon olive oil and brown the beef on all sides until golden and caramelized (you can cut the beef into smaller parts so it will fit in the crockpot). Transfer the beef to the crockpot and add the cooked onions and hot beef stock.
- Cover and cook for 5 hours.
- Remove the beef and place into a bowl. Cover with foil and allow to rest.
- Pour the leftover juices in the crockpot into a clean pan on the stove and reduce over moderate heat by approximately two-thirds. Stir in the coconut aminos and honey, and reduce the heat to low.
- Once the beef has rested for 10 minutes, shred into pieces and place back in bowl. Pour the sauce over the meat and stir well to combine.
- Spoon the beef into lettuce cups and garnish with parsley.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 420
- Sugar: 3 g
- Fat: 34 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 21 g