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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork #appleweek



    There is just something about fall that screams pork to me.  I am not 100% sure why, because we eat plenty of pulled pork during the summer too.  Maybe it is all of the braising options and homey flavors that make it seem like fall and pork just go together.  Another thing that goes with work? Apples, of course!  It is apple week after all, so that answer shouldn't have been much of a shocker!




     This pork is slow cooked in apple cider with a bit of mustard and seasoning to develop the flavors until it is so tender and delicious you won't believe it.  Before you thicken the sauce, be sure to skim the fat off.  You want it to be sumptuous but not greasy.  I used my fat separator for that, but you can skim it with a spoon or refrigerate it and take it off that way too.



      I served it over savory apple cider waffles and topped it with a bit of apple slaw.  The flavors were so good together and it was a hearty and delicious dinner.  I wanted to switch it up a bit when serving the leftovers, so I put them over some slightly garlicky smashed potatoes.  It was so good again!!  My husband also ate some on buns as a sandwich.  No matter how you serve it, there are sure to be smiles all around!




Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork
serves 12-16 and is excellent as leftovers as well!

Ingredients:

4 lb pork shoulder
2 T dehydrated minced onion
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 T grainy mustard, I used a stone ground honey mustard
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 T cornstarch
3 T water


  1. Optional:  Rub you pork shoulder with salt and pepper and brown on all sides in a little oil on a hot skillet.
  2. In your slow cooker, mix together the onion, garlic, brown sugar, mustard, cider, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Place the pork shoulder in the braising liquid and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for about 4 hours.
  3. Remove shoulder from the cooking liquid.  Then degrease the cooking liquid. I ladled it into a fat separator, but you could skim it if your prefer.  Or make it the day ahead and refrigerate the liquid separate from the meat.  Then remove the layer of grease before re-heating.
  4. Stir the cornstarch into a couple of Tablespoons of cold water.  Add to the cooking liquid.  Return the meat to the liquid, it is ok if it is falling apart. 
  5. Cook on high for at least a half hour, stirring occasionally to make sure the cornstarch doesn't stick to the bottom.  You want the cooking liquid to thicken into a sauce. 
  6. Serve with buns, cider waffles or over mashed potatoes.



Monday: Appetizers and Drinks


Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline's Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks


Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides


Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm


Wednesday: Sweet Treats


Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket's Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Nana's Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table


Thursday: Apple Projects


Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal


Friday: Anything Apple Goes


1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline's Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake







18 comments:

  1. We are big on pulled pork around here too. Such an easy meal to prepare and the leftovers are always great. I love the flavor profile you used in this version

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! We had my parents over when we ate this for the first time and we all agreed that this almost had a German-leaning flavor profile. And you're right about the leftovers, they're as good as the first night and so much fun to play with!

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  2. I'm going to have to try this soon, and by soon, I'm thinking possibly throwing this in the crockpot for some night for after field work. I love all of your pulled pork recipes - keep them coming! Also, thanks for all your work with Apple Week. :)

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    1. Thanks, Val! It would be a great harvest meal! Hasn't Apple Week been fun so far? I hope everyone is enjoying the party!

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    2. Congrats on being the top viewed post from the October Country Fair Blog Party! Can't wait to see what you link up this month: http://www.cornbeanspigskids.com/2016/11/country-fair-blog-party-november-2016.html

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  3. Carlee, this sounds so good. I'm sitting in the car with the windows open, bundled up and two sweatshirts as I write this. It's a gloomy day here in Indiana. Raining off and on a bit and cool. I wish I had this in my crock pot right now! I love to walk into the house and smell the aroma wafting from the crockpot. I agree pork screams fall, and pairing it up with apple cider and a stone ground mustard is just brilliant. We also love a bit of a vinegar or acidic flavor with our pork, so this sounds so perfect for my family. Definitely going on the fall menu rotation!

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    1. It definitely was feeling like fall today, wasn't it? We didn't get the rain, but we definitely got the cold front. This would definitely be a hit at your house! Thanks so much as always!

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  4. Those waffle pictures are making me drool! My husband loves sweet and savory style waffles, I think I'm going to have to make this for him. The last sweet and savory waffles he had were Chicken and Waffles 3 years ago, and that's waaaaay too long 😀

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    1. That is waaaaay too long. I don't think to do savory waffles often, but it is always fun when the waffle maker comes out at dinner time! Thank you!

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  5. I can just imagine walking into the house and smelling this deliciousness waiting in the slow cooker! oh my... what a perfect meal to come home to!

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    1. Those are my favorite kinds of meals, the ones where the smell greets you at the door and you can't wait to take a bite! Thanks!

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  6. I love this! I have the pork in my freezer, so guess what I"ll be trying? Thanks for sharing at Country Fair Blog Party,what a great recipe! Jan

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    1. I hope you love it! We love having pulled pork, but having a different flavor profile was a welcomed change!

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  7. Pork is our fave so we'll definitely be trying this! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

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  8. We love pulled pork and this looks like a fantastic recipe. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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