Tasty Apple Cider Pulled Pork (Slow Cook To Perfection)

Greetings, fellow food enthusiasts! 

If you’re ready to embark on a delightful culinary adventure, join me in exploring the wonderful world of Apple Cider Pulled Pork. 

This delightful slow-cooker pork dish holds a special place in my heart and brings sheer joy to my palate. 

Get ready to savor the succulent, slow-cooked pork infused with the irresistible combination of sweet and tangy apple cider.

Imagine tender pork, lovingly cooked to perfection, bathing in the aromatic essence of apple cider. 

(It’s a flavor symphony that will have you coming back for seconds, thirds, and maybe even fourths!) 

And let’s not forget about those carefully selected spices that add a touch of magic to every bite. Trust me, your taste buds are in for a treat!

(But enough about my mouthwatering memories!)

In this article, I’m going to spill all the juicy details on how you can recreate this culinary masterpiece in the comfort of your own kitchen. 

Get ready to unleash your inner chef and prepare to be blown away by the symphony of flavors that awaits you. 

Let’s dive into the irresistible world of pulled pork wonders together!

Expert Tips for Best Results

To ensure that your apple cider pulled pork turns out absolutely divine, here are some expert tips that will take your culinary skills to the next level:

  • Choose the right cut of pork: When it comes to selecting pork cuts, go for the pork shoulder or butt for optimal results.

    It’s my top grocery tip when it comes to this delicious dish!

    These cuts boast the perfect amount of marbling, ensuring a succulent and tender texture that will bring pure bliss with every mouthwatering bite.
  • Marinate for maximum flavor: Let your pork soak up the goodness of apple cider and a blend of tantalizing spices.

    Give it plenty of time to infuse with those irresistible flavors.

    (The longer it marinates, the more delightful each forkful will be)
  • Slow and steady wins the race: No rush here. Embrace the art of slow cooking to achieve pork perfection.

    Whether you choose a slow cooker, oven, or instant pot, remember that low and slow is the secret to succulence.

    Patience pays off when the meat becomes fork-tender and practically falls apart.
  • Experiment with spices and seasonings: Spice up your pulled pork adventure by getting creative with seasonings.

    While apple cider takes the lead, don’t be afraid to invite other flavors to join the party.

    Garlic powder, paprika, cumin, or a hint of cinnamon can turn your dish into a flavor sensation that will have everyone asking for the easy recipe.
  • Get saucy: Let’s talk about sauciness. (shall we?)

    Elevate your pulled pork experience by serving it with a selection of mouthwatering sauces.

    Tangy barbecue sauce, zesty apple cider vinegar-based dressing, or creamy coleslaw can add a burst of flavor.

By embracing these expert tips, you’re well on your way to creating an unforgettable apple cider pulled pork dish.

So grab your meal prep essentials, let your inner chef shine, and prepare for a culinary journey that will have everyone begging for seconds!

Because in the next section, I will bring this delightful dish to life.

Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Recipe by TealnotesCourse: MainDifficulty: Easy


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  • 3-4 pounds (1.4-1.8 kg) pork shoulder or butt

  • 2 cups (480 ml) apple cider

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • Optional: a pinch of cinnamon for added warmth and depth of flavor


  • Trim any excess fat from the pork shoulder or butt, leaving a thin layer for flavor and moisture. Place the pork in the slow cooker.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the apple cider, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and cinnamon (if using).

    Stir well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.
  • Pour the apple cider mixture over the pork, making sure it is well coated on all sides.

    If time allows, cover the slow cooker and refrigerate the pork to marinate for a few hours, or overnight, for maximum flavor.
  • Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook the pork for approximately 8 hours.

    The long, slow cooking time will ensure that the meat becomes tender and easily shreddable.
  • Once the pork is cooked and fork-tender, carefully transfer it to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat, discarding any excess fat.
  • Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker and mix it with the remaining juices for additional flavor and moisture.

    Allow the pork to sit in the juices for an additional 10-15 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve the succulent apple cider pulled pork on soft burger buns, with a side of coleslaw, or in your preferred style.

    The tender meat is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various dishes.
  • Enjoy the mouthwatering apple cider pulled pork with your favorite side dishes or toppings.

    It pairs well with pickles, barbecue sauce, or a tangy apple cider vinegar-based dressing.

This apple cider pulled pork recipe is a true crowd-pleaser.

With minimal effort, you can create a tender and flavorful dish that will surely impress your whole family and even your friends. 

Tantalizing Serving Suggestions to Enhance your apple cider pulled pork experience

Here are some mouthwatering serving suggestions to take your apple cider pulled pork to the next level:

Soft Burger Buns with Coleslaw

Elevate your family’s meal prep dish by piling the tender pulled pork onto soft burger buns and giving it a cozy hug of creamy coleslaw. 

The combination of juicy pork, tangy coleslaw, and pillowy buns creates a flavor explosion that will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe thirds too)!

Crispy Apple Slaw Wraps

Get a fresh and crunchy twist by serving the pulled pork in crispy lettuce wraps.

Fill each leaf with a generous scoop of pulled pork and crown it with a refreshing apple slaw.

It’s like a taste party in your mouth. (crispy, juicy, and oh-so-satisfying!)

These lettuce wraps make for a perfect and healthy snack, especially during your busy workday.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Tangy Salsa

Apple cider pulled pork with tomato salsa on a plate

Get your taste buds ready for a fiesta! Warm up corn tortillas and load them up with the succulent pulled pork.

Add a dollop of tangy salsa, sprinkle some fresh cilantro, and squeeze a zesty lime.

(One bite and your taste buds will be dancing the salsa!)

Loaded Pulled Pork Nachos

Are you prepared to spice up your intimate dinner for two with a flavor-packed appetizer?

Layer crispy tortilla chips with pulled pork, ooey-gooey melted cheese, black beans, jalapeños, and any other toppings that make your taste buds tingle.

Bake it all to melty perfection and garnish with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.  dinner for two

Apple Cider Pulled Pork Sliders with Pickles

Take a bite-sized adventure with these irresistible sliders.

Place a generous portion of pulled pork on mini slider buns and crown it with zingy pickles. Sweet, savory, tangy. (these sliders have it all)

One bite, and you’ll be sliding into flavor paradise!

Feel free to let your creativity run wild and customize the toppings and accompaniments to suit your personal preferences.

These serving suggestions will surely take your apple cider pulled pork experience from delightful to downright unforgettable! 

Indulge in the irresistible delight of apple cider pulled pork! With tender, juicy pork infused with sweet tangy flavors, every bite is a flavor explosion.

From soft burger buns with creamy coleslaw to crispy lettuce wraps or tangy salsa-topped tacos, the possibilities are endless.

Perfect for gatherings, weeknight meals for your busy family, or meal prepping, this versatile dish is a crowd-pleaser.

So gather your ingredients, embrace slow cooking magic, and savor the mouthwatering taste of apple cider pulled pork.

Get ready to embark on a delightful gastronomic adventure that will leave you longing for additional servings.

Treat your taste buds to a symphony of flavors, and make this dish the star of your next dinner meal prep.

It’s the perfect moment to delve into the flavors and relish every delicious bite!

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What Will happen if I put too much apple cider vinegar in pulled pork?

While apple cider vinegar adds tanginess and flavor to pulled pork, using too much can overpower the dish and make it excessively acidic. 

If you accidentally put too much vinegar, you can balance the flavors by adding a bit of sweetness, such as brown sugar or honey, to counteract the acidity. 

Alternatively, you can dilute the vinegar by adding more apple cider or a mild liquid like chicken broth. 

Adjusting the other seasonings and spices can also help in balancing the flavors. 

It’s always better to start with a conservative amount of apple cider vinegar and gradually add more if desired.

How to store leftovers?

To store leftover apple cider pulled pork, allow it to cool to room temperature. 

Place the pork in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Keep it refrigerated for a duration of 3 to 4 days.

If you have a large quantity of leftovers, you can divide them into smaller portions for easier storage. 

Ensure that the pork is completely covered or sealed to prevent it from drying out or absorbing other flavors in the fridge.

How to reheat Apple cider pulled pork?

When it’s time to enjoy your leftover apple cider pulled pork, there are a few methods to reheat it while preserving its tender texture. 

Here are two popular options:

  • Stovetop method: Place the pulled pork in a saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat.

    Add a splash of apple cider or water to prevent it from drying out. Stir occasionally and heat until the pork is thoroughly warmed.

    This method allows you to monitor and control the heat to prevent overcooking.
  • Microwave method: Transfer the desired amount of pulled pork to a microwave-safe dish.

    Place a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap on top, ensuring a small opening for steam to release.

    Microwave in short intervals, stirring occasionally, until the pork is heated through.

    Be cautious not to overcook the pork, as it can become dry if microwaved for too long.

Remember to always handle and store leftover pork safely, and use your best judgment to determine if it is still fresh and safe to consume.

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