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Apple Cider Pulled Pork

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: 6-1/4 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


  • Mix first 5 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, 6-8 hours.
  • Remove roast; shred with 2 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; add a little broth or water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
2 sliders: 375 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 563mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • JCV4
    Jan 10, 2020

    I thought this was a very tasty recipe. We added some barbecue sauce when serving on the buns. Easy to make and made a lot of servings.

  • DianeC23
    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
    Dec 4, 2016

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

  • bicktasw
    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
    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
    Oct 16, 2016

    This was very bland and boring!