I’ve yet to meet a slow-cooked, shredded meat I didn’t like and this spiced apple cider pulled pork is no different. It’s tender, juicy and full of delicious flavor. It is the pork roast for fall.
I actually seldom eat or buy pork, but if I do, this is my favorite way: slow cooked and pulled apart. It’s the best. And, since we’re in the midst of apple season, this variation is perfect because it’s made with fresh apple cider (not to be mistaken for hard cider, but I imagine that could be good too).
And, gosh, I just love a good slow cooker recipe. The slow cooker makes things so easy (or at least easier) and does all the hard work. It’s especially nice during the fall and winter months, and makes the house smell delicious.
Meanwhile, this pork is especially amazing served with roasted squash or sweet potato, and a side of sautéed cabbage (really good with onion and grated apple) or kale. It is a stellar combo and obviously great for the season. I can’t recommend it enough.
Interested in other slow cooker shredded meat recipes? Check out my slow cooker honey lemon chicken and classic slow cooker beef roast. This tomato and spice pulled pork is also a tasty one.
Cheers and enjoy!
This slow cooked spiced apple cider pulled pork is tender, flavorful and so easy to make. It's made with fresh apple cider, and seasoned with chili powder and paprika. Pair it with your favorite veggies for a simple and delicious meal.
- 3.5-4 lb boneless pork shoulder roast
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 tsp avocado oil
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Generously season pork roast with sea salt and black pepper. Heat avocado oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the pork roast. Place the sliced onion and garlic around the pork. Sear the roast 3-4 minutes each side while occasionally stirring the onion and garlic mixture.
Once pork has been seared, add to the bottom of the slow cooker. Keep the onion mixture in the pan over low heat and add about half the apple cider to deglaze the pan. Then, add the mixture to the slow cooker, along with the chili powder, paprika and remaining apple cider. Season with a bit more sea salt and black pepper.
Place lid on slow cooker and set to low. Allow pork to cook for 8-9 hours. Alternatively, you can cook it on high for 5-6 hours.
Once done, take the meat out of the slow cooker, remove any fat, if needed and shred the meat with two forks. Then, skim off some of the fat from the cider mixture, if desired. Finally, return the shredded meat to the slow cooker and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
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