Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions {Guest Post}

This incredibly easy weeknight slow cooker recipe combines smoky, juicy pork with sweet apples and onions to create a melt-in-your-mouth delicious pulled pork that you will be making again and again.

GUEST POST: Slow cooker pulled pork with apples and onions by The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions Recipe by The Lemon Bowl on

Hello Friends!! My name is Liz and I’m a healthy food blogger over at The Lemon Bowl where my motto is healthy made delicious.  After all, it doesn’t matter how healthy food is because if it doesn’t taste good, no one will eat it. :)

When Rachel asked me to guest post, I immediately began brainstorming apple recipes. Right away I knew that I wanted to go against the grain and create a main dish. Don’t get me wrong, I love apples in sweet dishes like my Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes or Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats but I also love using the natural sweetness of apples to complement savory meats and vegetables. Roast Chicken with Apples, Onions and Sweet Potatoes is a perfect example.

Speaking of healthy made delicious, your family is going to love my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions. An incredibly easy weeknight slow cooker recipe, it combines smoky, juicy pork with sweet apples and onions to create a melt-in-your-mouth meal. This is the type of dish you will be making again and again.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions in Crock Pot
To maximize flavor without relying on overly sweetened, corn-syrup-laden barbecue sauce, I let the pork sit overnight in a simple dry rub of spices.  The next morning, I made a bed of apples and onion slices for the pork and topped everything with 12 ounces of beer.

That’s it! The slow cooker did the rest of the work. It could not be any easier.

Your fork is waiting.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions

This incredibly easy weeknight slow cooker recipe combines smoky, juicy pork with sweet apples and onions to create a melt-in-your-mouth delicious pulled pork that you will be making again and again.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 15 servings


  • 3 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 medium apples sliced
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 12 oz beer


  • In a small bowl, mix together spices: smoked paprika through pepper. Coat the pork shoulder with the dry rub and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
  • Place apple and onion slices in the bottom of a slow cooker and top with the pork shoulder. Add beer and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  • When cooking time is complete, remove pork from the slow cooker and let rest. When pork is cool enough to handle, begin shredded the meat and disposing of any excess fat.
  • Place shredded, lean pork meat back in to the slow cooker and mix with the apples, onions and cooking juices.
  • Serve on a whole grain bun with apple slices.

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I’m all about slow cooker recipes so this is totally right up my alley! With the kids back in school, it’s time to dust off your slow cooker and whip this up asap! Thanks for sharing this delicious and easy recipe Liz! -Rachel

You can find Liz on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Be sure to check out these other recipes by Liz:
Rosemary chicken breasts, Baked egg rolls with bacon and sweet chili dipping sauce and Whole wheat banana nut bread.

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35 Responses to “Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions {Guest Post}”

  1. #
    Tieghan — September 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Yes, please!! This looks just amazing!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — September 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Holy cow! This sounds and looks amazing! :-)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

    omg this is making me so hungry just looking at it!!!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — September 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Sounds TO DIE FOR!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Liz, is the best!!! And I so want a big ol’ sandwich!!

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    Christina — September 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I can’t WAIT to make this! Totally up my alley.

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    Amy @Very Culinary — September 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Love it, Liz. *runs to store to buy the pork shoulder* Printed!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring me!!! xoxo

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      Rachel — September 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      No, thank you! :)

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    Anne [A Squared] — September 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I have a tenderloin in my freezer that this would be perfect for– can’t wait to make this!

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    Alissa — September 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I have been re vamping my slow cooker recipes for the upcoming months today & this is perfect timing! I will be making this next week! Adding to my meal plan now! Thank you so much!

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    Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity — September 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Oh man, this is what I’m craving right now. This combination sounds amazing.

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    Gaby — September 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    This looks like a fabulous fall meal!! Great flavors!!

  13. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — September 26, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Slow cooked pulled pork is my favorite :) this recipe is divine!!

  14. #
    Aggie — September 26, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I am totally loving this recipe!! Looks so delicious!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 26, 2013 at 8:06 am

    As soon as I saw this yesterday, I ran to the freezer to see if we had a pork roast. No such luck, but rest assured, I’ll be making this soon! ;)

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    Liz — September 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Great receipe. Thanks so much.

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    megan — October 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Could i substitute chicken breasts for the pork?

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      Rachel — October 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      I imagine you could if that’s something you prefer.

  18. #
    Ruth — October 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I can use beer or wine in cooking… any suggestions for a substitute liquid?

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    Ruth — October 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Sorry, that should say “can’t” use beer or wine. :)

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      Rachel — October 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      If it’s due to the alcohol, that does cook out but there are also non-alcoholic beers you could use. However, if it’s for another reason the easiest alternative would be vegetable stock. Just be aware that the flavor will be different since the beer typically will lend some flavor to the dish.

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    Lisa — October 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This came out very very soupy, any suggestions? Only thing I did different was use hard cider “beer” instead of regular beer.

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      Rachel — October 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

      In the future you could simply reduce the amount of liquid used.

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    Justine — January 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Could I use gala apples instead of green apples?

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      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 7:35 am

      I always recommend using an apple that you personally love so it’s the flavor you’ll enjoy :)

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    Angela — April 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    This was delicious! however when I made this , there was pork scum mixed in with the apples and onions.. do you recommend doing anything with the meat (ex. boil) before putting in slowcooker to get ride of the scume?

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    Amy — November 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hi, What style of beer would you recommend? IPA, Porter? Thanks!

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      Rachel — November 10, 2014 at 7:34 am

      This is a guest post from over a year ago so, I would use your best judgement and use a flavorful beer you enjoy that also isn’t overpowering.

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    Lindsey — May 4, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Can i use white wine instead of beer? I dont drink beer so i dont have any on hand.

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      Rachel — May 5, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I wouldn’t recommend that as an alternative. The best substitution would likely be a stock/broth of some variety.

  25. #
    Fred — May 19, 2015 at 6:17 am

    After the pork is cooked and shredded, can I add just a bit of bbq sauce when I put it back in the crock pot?

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      Rachel — May 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I don’t see why not! :)

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    Sherwood — December 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I LOVE meat cooked in the slow cooker, and I love how much volume of food you can easily make in that beast, too. I’ve also been itching to try pork and apple. So I made this over the weekend and have mixed feelings about it. I don’t like beer, and it’s fairly prominent in the end result. One sandwich does it for me. The sliced apples on the sandwich are a must for me, as I’m a bit (ha!) of a texture freak. I think if I try making this again I’ll go the route of using broth or something in place of the beer. I guess the other 5 bottles get donated to my roommate’s chili efforts. Overall, though, I suspect this would be awesome for those who do like beer. I’d just hoped it wouldn’t stand out so much.

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      Rachel — December 17, 2015 at 6:51 am

      I’m so glad you gave it a try. And I’m sure your roommate will love the free beer! You may find that you’d like my apple cider pulled pork more. I agree, depending on the recipe, beer can sometimes have a very strong lingering flavor if there aren’t enough other components.

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