Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: about 6-1/4 hours


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
For potlucks and tailgates, we slow-cook pork with cider, onions and spices. These tangy sliders make a winning barbecue plate with sweet potato fries. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
Apple Cider Pulled Pork Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Can you freeze Apple Cider Pulled Pork?

Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add 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.