Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce is always a favorite! I love that it is so easy to create sensational pulled pork - a slow cooker is all that you need to create the most tender and flavorful pulled pork ever. Cider and other wonderful spices make for a taste that is perfectly complimented by homemade Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce. Perfect for a crowd!
Lucky us that summer has decided to bless us with yet another wonderful sunny weekend. We're in the middle of a major landscaping makeover, trying to replace the four trees that came down on our house during major storm last November. It seems like the perfect time to reconfigure everything and plant all kinds of wonderful trees, shrubs and flowering bushes so that they will be all ready to take off in the spring. All those helpers are going to want some seriously good food during the weekend, so it's the perfect time to make one of our favorites!
If you've never tried Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce before, you are in for a treat! I mix the pulled pork with a healthy amount of barbecue sauce and just a hint of extra homemade Apple Butter. Layered on generous sandwich buns with a slice of melted provolone cheese and topped with Smokey Barbecue Cole Slaw, this is the perfect summertime or anytime pulled pork sandwich.
I'm sharing all of my easy recipes with you so that you can prepare every bit of this delicious treat yourself. Believe me, you'll never want any other type of pulled pork again! Cider Pulled Pork, homemade Apple Butter, Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce, and Smokey Barbecue Coleslaw - it's a combination made in heaven!
If you have access to a smoker, this is another wonderful way to switch the preparation up. Simply place the pork shoulder, cider, onions and spices into a disposable metal roasting tin, throw it on the smoker, and let it cook low and slow for 8 hours. Smokey, tender, moist and flavorful every single time. It's Cider Pulled Pork perfection!
This stuff seriously rocks in tortilla wraps, or on top of tortilla chips and loaded with cheese for a fabulous appetizer too. It's also pretty darn good eating just with a fork. So many ways to love this - hope you do!
Cider Pulled Pork:
3-4 pounds pork shoulder
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 cups apple cider (the good stuff, not pasteurized apple juice)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce:
1 cup Barbecue Sauce (homemade or Sweet Baby Ray)
1 cup Apple Butter
Apple Barbecue Coleslaw:
1 Granny Smith Apple (quartered, cored & sliced into small matchstick pieces)
14 oz. bag coleslaw mix
1/3 cup Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce
1/3 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup craisins (dried cranberries)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
8 hearty sandwich buns, toasted
8 slices provolone cheese
HOW I MAKE THESE:
PREPARE CIDER PULLED PORK:
1. Place sliced onions on the bottom of slow cooker.
2. Set pork shoulder on top of onions.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the cider and spices; pour over pork.
4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pork shreds easily.
PREPARE APPLE BUTTER BARBECUE SAUCE:
5. In a small saucepan, combine the Apple Butter and Barbecue Sauce.
6. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a simmer; cover and reduce heat to low, cook for 15 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and serve warm, or bring to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the fridge.
PREPARE SMOKEY BARBECUE APPLE COLESLAW:
8. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce, mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and Dijon mustard.
9. Stir in the shredded apples, coleslaw mix, craisins and almonds. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes before serving. Best to serve this within an hour after you blend the ingredients so that it doesn’t “sauce-up” too much.
I usually add Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce and a little extra homemade Apple Butter to the Cider Pulled Pork and stir it up before serving, but you can always serve the sauce on the side. Toast your buns – spoon a portion of Apple Butter Barbecue Cider Pulled Pork on the bottom, a slice of provolone cheese, and a scoop of Smokey Barbecue Apple Coleslaw on top. Top with bun and serve immediately, or wrap each sandwich individually in foil and keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with additional Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce on the side!
YIELD: 8 generous sandwiches
Originally posted September 2012 & 2018, revised and reposted September 2020
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