Pulled Pork with Sweet and Hard Cider

By • November 19, 2009 • 7 Comments



Author Notes: I love slow cooked pulled pork, and it's quite simple to make in a crockpot. Sometimes I make it with bottled barbeque sauce, but this recipe features a less sweet, tangier sauce based on apple cider. If you don't have hard cider on hand, use an additional 12 oz. of regular sweet cider instead. Get the recipe started in the morning and it will be ready in all its glory by the evening, though it's even better reheated on the next and subsequent days.WinnieAb

Serves 6-8

  • 1 1/2 cup sweet apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cup hard apple cider
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 4 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder, preferably organic and trimmed of fat (I find it easier to remove the layer of fat once it's cooked before you shred it, but you can remove it before you add it to the crock pot, if you like)
  1. In a large bowl, mix together both ciders, ketchup, brown sugar, cumin, paprika, garlic power and hot sauce.
  2. Place half of the onions in the bottom of a 4 1/2- to 6-quart crockpot/slow cooker.
  3. Put the pork shoulder on top of the onions and pour the sauce over the pork. Top with the rest of the onions.
  4. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook pork mixture on high for 4 hours (or on low for 8 hours), or until pork is very tender.
  5. With tongs, transfer pork to large bowl. Turn crockpot to high, cover, and heat sauce to boiling to thicken and reduce slightly (alternatively, this can be done in a pan on the stove).
  6. While sauce boils, use 2 forks to pull pork into shreds. Return shredded pork to crockpot with the sauce and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes on the high setting.
  7. Serve pulled pork with or without sandwich buns; delicious with cole slaw and/or cranberry chutney!
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7 months ago cheryllk

7 hours on Hi in my slow cooker and the meat was far, far from shreddable. I finished it off in a 325 oven for an additional three hours. Might be my slow cooker; but if you're counting on this for an event at a specific time as I was, you may want to make it the day before, cook it way longer, and then reheat it in the slow cooker for your crowd.

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7 months ago Hark

Big hit at the baby shower I threw today. Has a little kick. All the pregnant ladies loved it.

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about 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

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ooh i'm brewing my own hard cider and some of it is getting set aside for this!

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over 4 years ago Cara Eisenpress

Oh wow, this looks like a wonderful recipe. I've just returned from vegetarianism, so you can imagine how good this looks to me. Have you ever made it on the stove or in the oven? Just wondering if I could modify--my crockpot is tiny.

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almost 5 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

I love pulled pork in the slow-cooker! Once someone gave me a recipe to make it with Dr. Pepper (!) but I much prefer your idea of using cider.

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almost 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love pulled pork! What a great idea.

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almost 5 years ago ENunn

Me, too. Looks delicious.