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apple cider pulled pork

Apple Cider Pulled Pork

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This apple cider pulled pork is easy and delicious, made with soft meat and a sweet, tangy sauce. Slow cooker apple cider pulled pork, perfect with coleslaw and a fresh bun! 


  • 2 cups pure apple cider
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 34lb boneless pork shoulder

Pork Rub

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover slow cooker juice
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • optional: 1 tsp liquid smoke 


  1. Pour the apple cider into a 6 or 8 qt slow cooker, stirring in the cinnamon. Pat the pork shoulder dry with a paper towel, then combine all of the pork rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Rub the seasonings thoroughly into all sides of the pork. Place the pork gently into the slow cooker, and place the lid on. Set the slow cooker to cook on low for 7-8 hours. If you will be away for longer than 8 hours, be sure your slow cooker is set to keep warm after the 8 hours is up.
  2. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, remove the pork from the slow cooker and place the pork on to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat, then place the meat in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and broil on high for 6-7 minutes to crisp things up. Keep the meat warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce.
  3. Strain the leftover juice in the slow cooker into a measuring cup. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a Dutch oven on the stove or in a large saucepan. Heat the ingredients just to the point of boiling, then turn the sauce down to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened up.
  4. Place the crisped-up meat in to the saucepan/Dutch oven, or combine everything together back in the slow cooker. Serve the meat immediately, or keep it warm in the slow cooker until you’re ready to eat! Make pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, pizza or nachos!

Leftover pulled pork can be stored, once cooled completely, in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or up to 2 months in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the oven or on the stove.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: american
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