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Friday, September 7, 2018

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

This apple cider pulled pork is a delicious twist on a family favorite. The house will smell so good the whole time it cooks too!

dinner plate with apple cider pulled pork, mashed potatoes and sliced carrots

      This pulled pork is flavored with apple cider, brown sugar and mustard. It smells great while it cooks and tastes great on sandwiches, mashed potatoes or even on waffles! It is a great fall dinner and a fun change from traditional BBQ pulled pork.

waffle with cider pulled pork and apple slaw

    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 pork? Apples, of course!  It is apple week after all, so that answer shouldn't have been much of a shocker!

bowl of apple cider pulled pork

     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.

cider pulled pork on waffle with apple slaw

      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!

apple cider pulled pork on mashed potatoes with carrots close up

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Yield: 16 servings
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

This pulled pork is flavored with apple cider, brown sugar and mustard. It smells great while it cooks and tastes great on sandwiches, mashed potatoes or even on waffles! It is a great fall dinner and a fun change from traditional BBQ pulled pork.
Prep time: 20 MCook time: 7 MTotal time: 27 M


  • 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 Tablespoons dehydrated minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon grainy mustard, I used a stone ground honey mustard
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons 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.
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This apple cider pulled pork is a delicious twist on a family favorite. The house will smell so good the whole time it cooks too!


  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

    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!

  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. :)

    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!

    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:

  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!

    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!

  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 😀

    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!

  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!

    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!

  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

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

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

  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

  9. Too funny I was compiling TBB ASKS questions for Fall and I just did 2 on apple cider. Oh how I love it and this recipe! Happy weekend! xo

    1. I love cider too! I am excited for apple season!

  10. We will really enjoy your Apple Cider Pulled Pork! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, your post is awesome. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen


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