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Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Robin Follette


  • 1 Smoked Pork Butt
  • 4 large Apples Peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
  • 3 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2-3 tablespoons Whole Grain Mustard
  • 1-2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2-3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons garlic Minced
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Place the pork butt in the crock pot first. In a bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together until the brown sugar dissolves. Pour over the pork butt. Simmer on high heat for three to four hours depending on the size of the pork butt. Remove the meat and set aside to allow it to cool enough for you to safely handle. Pour the liquid from the crock pot into a sauce pan and reduce until it reaches the desired thickness. This won't be as thick as a traditional barbecue sauce unless you thicken it with cornstarch. Shred the pork with forks and return it to the crock pot. Pour the thicker apple cider sauce over the pork, cover and reduce the heat to low to keep it warm until you're ready to eat.


You may substitute pork ribs or a loin roast for the pork butt. You won't have a pulled pork dish but it's a satisfying meal that's simple to prepare and delicious. Cook the ribs or the roast for about 90 minutes on high.