Apple Cider Pulled Pork Recipe
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Apple Cider Pulled Pork Recipe

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For potlucks and tailgates, we slow-cook pork with cider, onions and spices. These tangy sliders and sweet potato fries make a winning barbecue plate. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 24 mini buns, warmed
  • Additional apple slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 sliders: 375 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 563mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Mix first five ingredients. Place apples, onion, celery and cider in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with roast. Sprinkle roast with seasoning mixture. Cook, covered, on low until tender, 8-10 hours.
  2. Remove roast; shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Mix cornstarch and water; stir into cooking juices. Cook, covered, on high until thickened, 10-15 minutes. Stir in pork; serve on buns. If desired, top with apple slices.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Apple Cider Pulled Pork in Simple & Delicious October/November 2016

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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DianeC23 User ID: 141506 263389
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"I followed the recipe and used a 3.5 lb. pork roast, but the liquid was too much. When it was thickened, it made the pulled pork a bit on the slimy side. We ate it, but won't be making it again. It was also bland, as other reviewers stated."

AmandaRull User ID: 1036706 257695
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"We enjoyed this recipe. We even tried the apples on top and it was surprisingly good."

bicktasw User ID: 4201818 256450
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"What a wonderful recipe! The apples and cider gave the pork a slightly sweet taste, which my husband and I both really liked!! It went well with the bottled BBQ sauce we like (Sweet Bbay Ray's Hickory Smoked). I used ingredients I had on hand, so I used smoked paprika instead of "regular" paprika and I used 1 Gala apple and 1 Cortland apple instead of 2 Granny Smith. I will certainly be making this again!"

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 256322
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"A fantastic way to prepare juicy, well-seasoned pork! The seasoning blend provided a subtle spicy (not hot) contrast to the sweetness of the juice. This definitely makes enough for a crowd. This may just be my new go-to pork roast recipe!"

TeresaWitt User ID: 4117537 255500
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"This was very bland and boring!"

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