Slow Cooker Apple Barbeque Pulled Pork

I can honestly say that this Slow Cooker Apple Barbeque Pulled Pork is one of the most satisfying meals that I have eaten lately.  And I eat a lot of good food!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I don’t eat much meat and I almost never use my slow cooker.  But I have been craving a bbq pulled pork sandwich so bad!  Everywhere I turn I have been seeing mouthwatering pulled pork sandwiches dripping with barbeque sauce.  On food blogs, on Pinterest, on cooking shows, on the cover of Food Network Magazine . . . Alright already!

I am no longer tormented by my craving.  I joined the bbq pulled pork invasion and made my own sandwich that is overloaded with fall-off the bone pork then smothered with sweet and tangy barbeque sauce and topped with cool, crisp slaw!

I’m calling it my Apple A Day Pulled Pork Sandwich!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

 Don’t forget about the Slaw! Check out my Creamy Apple Cabbage Coleslaw recipe for the perfect addition to your pulled pork sandwich!

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Apple Barbeque Pulled Pork
Author: WonkyWonderful
  • 4-5 lb Bone-In Pork Shoulder Roast
  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 Tb Salt
  • 2 Tb Pepper
  • 2 Tb Olive Oil
Cooking Liquid
  • 2 cups Fresh Pressed Apple Juice*
  • 1/4 cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar I use Bragg
  • 1 Tb Sea Salt
  • 1 Tb Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Organic Ketchup
  • 1/2 Tb Unsulphured Molasses
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 5 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 2 Tb Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tb Honey
Bbq Sauce
  • 2 cups Strained Cooking Liquid
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Organic Ketchup
For Pork
  1. Coat/rub pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Add oil to a large skillet and sear each side over medium high heat. (about 1-2 minutes per side)
  3. Slice onion into rings and layer on the bottom of your slow cooker.
  4. Transfer seared pork roast to slow cooker, placing on top of the onions.
Cooking Liquid
  1. Combine all ingredients and pour into slow cooker.
  2. The liquid should cover the bottom half of the pork roast.
  3. This mixture can be made and refrigerated overnight to save time in the morning.
Cooking Instructions
  1. Cover and cook on high heat for 6-7 hours or on low heat for 8-9 hours.
  2. Once the pork is done and falling off the bone, remove from the slow cooker.
  3. Transfer pork to a cutting board and pull apart.
Bbq Sauce
  1. Before making the sauce I use a couple of slices of old bread to soak up some of the pork fat off of the top of the cooking liquid then discard fatty bread slices. (optional)
  2. Transfer 2 cups of strained cooking liquid to a small saucepan and add the brown sugar and ketchup. (add a bit more brown sugar for a sweet sauce)
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or until thickened, stir regularly.
  5. This will be enough sauce for half of the pulled pork. If you will be eating all of the pork as bbq, double this sauce recipe.
  6. Toss half of the pulled pork with the sauce and eat as is or on a sandwich roll/bun.
Recipe Notes
*You can locate the fresh pressed or not from concentrate apple juice in the refrigerated juice section of your grocery store. I use Trader Joe's or Simply Apple brands.
Save and refrigerate the other half of pulled pork without bbq sauce. Pulled Pork Leftovers Recipe Coming Soon!

Here is a look at the gorgeous Barbeque Sauce that will be drenching your tender pulled pork.

Apple Barbeque Sauce

Another reminder to check out my Creamy Apple Cabbage Coleslaw . . . Click Here for the recipe.

Also, I have another recipe for the leftover pulled pork (if there is any).  If you followed me on Instagram you would already know what it is!  I post photos of all my delicious creations on Instagram.  Some make it on the blog and some don’t.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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  1. Yum Nicole! My slow cooker is my best friend and bbq is one of my favorite things to make! I’ll have to try this recipe!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I need to use my slow cooker more often. If I’m being totally honest, the reason I don’t use it more is because I HATE cleaning it afterwards! Enjoy and have a great weekend, Tanya!

      • You might try a slow cooker liner, Split Pea Soup? No problem

        • Nicole Harris says:

          My mom swears by those slow cooker liners! Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Here on Hawaii, we put our cooker out on the back Lanai… even though it doesn’t get really hot here – generally low 80’s… at our altitude.

  2. I am always looking for wonderful and flavorful meals to make in my crock pot in the summer months, so I don’t have to heat up my house with the oven turned on…I think might be a regular on my menu:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Lynn! I hate to turn on my oven once it gets above 95ยฐ outside. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Oh my goodness your pulled pork looks AMAZING!!! I can just smell it!!!! Pulled pork is one of my absolute favorites, and yours looks wonderful!!!!!!!!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Maria! It is crazy how good this tastes and how easy it is to make! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This looks so yummy Nicole! Love my slow cooker ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

  5. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Your sandwich looks amazing! I’ve been craving pulled pork too, might need to make some myself:@)

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Do It! I had such a bad craving for pulled pork before I made this. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow…this looks SO GOOD!

  7. This would get devoured at my house! Love the sound of the slaw, too!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      We devoured it here at my house! Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic week!

  8. Oh yum yum. This looks delicious, Nicole! Pinned!

  9. This looks absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Thanks! This looks super yummy!

  11. oh YUM! what a gorgeous sammie

  12. You pictures are so good…Makes me want t a sandwich right now. I’ve never heard of using apple juice in a bbq sauce but it sounds like a great match. Thanks for this recipe.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Gail, thanks so much for the compliment! I thought the apple juice would be a good base for bbq sauce and it is really tasty! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wow! These look so good! I saw this over at Thursday Treasures and had to stop and check this out! I love the combination of pork and apples so I am going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Yum! I love pulled pork. Thanks for the recipe; found it on Sundae Scoop! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This would be the perfect Sunday dinner.. Put it in before church and come home to a cooked dinner! Can’t wait to try it.

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  16. Just found this on Google, it looks amazing. I’m going to make this tomorrow.

  17. I made this for about 15 adults and 8 children this weekend. I’ve made a few variations of crock pot pulled pork and I think this one may be the winner. I did cook the pork overnight and then shredded in the morning snd let cook a little while in the retained liquid and homemade barbecue sauce at the end. For starters, cooking it in the apple cider vs a a BBQ sauce all day gives it a crisper flavor. I never felt the sauce overpowered the meat which I feel sometimes in slow cooked meals. It was a huge hit and although it had a lot of apple juice and apple cider, I would guess the total amount of sugar may be less.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Lee, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! I prefer a more mild flavored sauce on my meat too. Have a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. This meal is delicious!! my whole family love it too . Thankyou so much for sharing it,

  19. monique kirkby says:

    hi there this looks amazing! could you use it on the stove if you don’t have a slow cooker? regards monique

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Monique! You can make this on the stove instead. I have only made mine in a slow cooker so I cannot say for sure how long it will take to cook. Keep it at a low simmer until the pork is tender. I wouldn’t recommend cooking this on the stove top if you are not home because it is something you will need to keep an eye on. Enjoy!

  20. This sounds really good! I love sandwiches like this, and have pinned your recipe to save.

  21. Rebecca Brewer says:

    Yummy, this is on our to make list this week. One question, what size slow cooker are you using for this recipe?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Rebecca! I use a 6 quart slow cooker. Thanks for asking, I should list that in my slow cooker recipes from now on. Have a great week!

  22. Sylvia says:

    Dear Nicole,
    Just tried this recipe and EVERYONE loved it! I have a large crock pot, so i doubled the cooking liquid recipe so that the liquid would come half-way up the pork. I cannot wait to make this again. My son loved it so much he checked-out your blog for other recipes and promptly made the Nutella dip. Looking forward to more great recipes from you.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a hit! Thanks for stopping by to let me know.

  23. Belicia Carter says:

    I made this for my family and they loved it! The meat had so much flavor that we didn’t even use sauce. Thank you, thank you!

  24. Anne says:

    Any suggestions for substituting the ketchup (I have a tomato allergy)

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