Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Moist and flavorful slow cooked apple cider pulled pork shoulder. An easy dinner for any night of the week. A perfect pairing with your favorite homemade barbecue sauce!

Slow cooker apple cider pulled pork recipe from @bakedbyrachel An easy dinner for any night of the week!

This post is sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council & Ohio Pork Council. Because of partnerships with brands I trust and believe in, I’m able to continue bringing you great content and recipes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

I’m still adjusting to my new schedule now that all of the kids are in school. Mornings are busier than ever and afternoons are full of homework and catching up. That doesn’t always leave a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. But, carving out 5 minutes in the morning means dinner is a piece of cake.

This pork takes less than 5 minutes to prep and then the slow cooker does all of the hard work for you while you’re at work or doing errands. Come home to fall off the bone, super flavorful pork ready to be devoured. It’s perfect to eat as is, but I highly recommend slathering it with sweet homemade barbecue sauce for an especially tasty sandwich!

A perfect busy weeknight (or any night) recipe!

Slow cooker apple cider pulled pork sandwich recipe from @bakedbyrachel An easy dinner for any night of the week!

Also,this apple cider pulled pork is magical. I’m not even remotely kidding…

My kids can be fairly choosy eaters at times, especially my youngest. But all three of them were basically begging for seconds. And, they all requested to have it for lunch the next day! A huge recipe win.

Dinner and lunch leftovers for a family of five and this meat was gone… and everyone left asking for more, which means this is absolutely happening again in the not so distant future!

Magical flavorful pork. And ridiculously easy. Do you need any other reasons to make this?

Any way you choose to eat this, you’ll be happy. Just be sure to grab a nice portion before it all disappears!

Slow cooker apple cider pulled pork recipe from @bakedbyrachel An easy dinner for any night of the week!

If you have any questions about farms, pigs or pork, be sure to stop by OhioPork.org or their Facebook page!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4-5 hours

Total Time: 4-5 hours

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Moist and flavorful slow cooked apple cider pulled pork shoulder. An easy dinner for any night of the week. Pair with your favorite homemade barbecue sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5lb pork shoulder, bone-in 
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2C apple cider

Directions:

  1. Add sliced onions to the bottom of a 5-6 quart slow cooker bowl. Place the pork shoulder on top of the onions. Sprinkle with seasonings and garlic. Pour apple cider over the pork shoulder and seasonings. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours. Pork is ready when the internal temperature reaches at least 145°F. Carefully remove pork from the slow cooker. Shred by hand using forks. 
  2. If desired, return shredded pork to slow cooker to absorb the juices. Serve with cooked onion slices. 
  3. Alternately, shredded pork may be served in your favorite sandwich roll with homemade barbecue sauce, red onions and pickles.

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30 Responses to “Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 9, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Love the flavors of apple cider throughout this pork. Definitely an easy weeknight meal!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:14 pm

      Thanks Julie! :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Ahhh now I see why we needed the sauce on Monday! Slow cooker pulled pork is one of my most favorite foods in the entire world…and then with some apple and BBQ magic? I NEED THIS. Pinned!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

      I couldn’t resist doing a teaser. BBQ and pork is a necessary combination! :)

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — September 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Looks fabulous Rachel! Love apples with pork….delicious sandwiches!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

      Thanks Allie!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — September 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Ulys would love this since he’s obsessed with all things apple cider. Great slow cooker dinner :)

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

      Thanks Gina! :)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Slow cooker meals are the best, especially when pulled pork is involved! Love the addition of apple cider to this!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

      Thanks Danae!

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    Julia — September 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    We do a lot of pulled pork around here because my husband loves it. This version with the apple cider sounds amazing!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

      Thanks so much Julia!

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    Kristen — September 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I love how easy this great weeknight dinner comes together – and you know I love pork in the slow cooker! Great recipe, Rachel!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

      Thanks Kristen! :)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    This is fall come to life!! That crust on that pork looks out of this world!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

      Thanks so much Megan!

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    carrian — September 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Pork is the one thing that no matter the recipe, as long as it’s pork my whole family will dig in without any complaining. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Rachel — September 10th, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

      Same here! And thanks Carrian!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — September 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing. My husband is always buying random jugs of apple cider to use as a liquid when he smokes meat. So even in July sometimes, we’ll have a few cups of apple cider sitting around in the fridge. Now I know what I’ll do with it from here on out!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2015 @ 7:34 am

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Aggie | Aggie's Kitchen — September 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I am loving this. What a great twist on pulled pork! Great football food for sure!

    • Rachel — September 14th, 2015 @ 7:24 am

      Thanks Aggie!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Every year I have big plans for things to make with apple cider but then I drink it all before I have a chance to cook with it! I love the idea of this pulled pork though so I may need to buy extra to make sure it happens. Especially that BBQ sauce!

    • Rachel — September 14th, 2015 @ 7:24 am

      You HAVE to try this. You’ll love it :)

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    Celeste — October 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I did cut up 2 apples mixed the first on bottom with the onions.. The 2nd Apple pieces I put along side and top of roast. Oh I also added cumin in with my seasonings to add a smokey taste.

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

      I hope you enjoyed it, Celeste! :)

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    Jenn A — December 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I made this pulled pork today along with your Apple Cider Barbecue Sauce. We just finished dinner & I had to comment… It was absolutely delicious!! I make a lot of pulled pork & this was by far the best that I have ever had!! This will definitely be a regular meal for us!! Thank you! :)

    • Rachel — December 5th, 2015 @ 7:52 am

      So glad everyone enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Jenn! :)

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    Mel — November 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    A pork picnic shoulder will be perfect.
    This recipe sounds great for Christmas!

    • Rachel — November 23rd, 2016 @ 7:39 am

      Thanks, Mel!

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