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Delicious Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

This delicious Pulled Pork made in a Slow Cooker is a great addition to your weekly meal plan.

There’s nothing like getting dinner ready in your slow cooker early in the day, setting it, forgetting it, and having it ready when you want! It makes a busy day so much easier.

This celebration Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw is easy to make and so delicious. It’s perfect for a family dinner, for a tailgate party, or for a special get together celebration.

Serve it with creamy Amish potatoes or air fryer frozen steak fries, and add some buns for sandwiches and you are all set!

close up view of a slow cooker pulled porch sandwich topped with fresh apple slaw on a bun with a pickle skewer on top

What is Pulled Pork?

Pulled pork is an American barbecue dish from the South. It’s made using either a pork shoulder or pork butt.

This dish is called pulled pork because of the way it’s served after being cooked. After cooking in the slow cooker the tender meat is literally pulled apart before serving and can be topped with apple slaw (recipe below) and served on fresh buns.

bowl of freshly shredded pulled pork

What is the Best Cut of Pork for Pulled Pork?

Pork Butt and Pork Shoulder are good options for slow cooker pulled pork.

Both cuts come from the shoulder of the pig, but pork butt is higher on the foreleg.

They are relatively fatty and tough cuts of meat but benefit from long, slow cooking methods such as in a slow cooker.

While both cuts work well, a pork butt roast is the preferred cut.

bowl of red and green apples

Ingredients and Variations

Pork

Pork Butt Roast but you could also use a pork shoulder.

Marinade

The marinade for this pulled pork recipe consists of barbecue sauce (store bought is fine), apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

Fresh buns and a stack of dill pickles on top are a great addition to this recipe.

Side view of a yummy tall stacked crock pot pulled pork sandwich on a plate with apple slaw on top and a stack of three pickle slices

How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  1. Place the pork into the crockpot.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the above mixture over the pork roast.
  4. Put lid on crockpot and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low.
  5. When pork is fork tender, shred with two forks and gently stir throughout the barbecue sauce mixture.
  6. Replace lid and set crockpot to warm until ready to serve.
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Success Tips

  • Choose a pork butt roast with a smooth and firm fat cap and fat marbling within the meat itself.  Marbling adds juiciness and flavor as the fat melts while cooking into the meat.
  • Shredding meat is easier when choosing larger pieces of meat.
  • Any leftovers can be sealed in a container and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen in a zippered bag for up to either weeks.

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Side view of a yummy tall stacked crock pot pulled pork sandwich on a plate with apple slaw on top and a stack of three pickle slices

Crock Pot / Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Fresh Apple Slaw

Mary Beth
Moist and tender pulled pork with a delicious tangy sauce topped with fresh apple slaw. Perfect for a busy day, a family dinner, or when entertaining.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12
Calories 367 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 pounds pork butt roast
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the Slaw

  • 2 cups cabbage shredded or chopped thin
  • ½ cup radicchio shredded or chopped thin
  • 2 apples cored and shredded
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp parsley dried and chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the pork into the inner crock of your crockpot.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture over the pork roast.
  • Secure the crockpot lid and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  • When pork is fork tender, shred with two forks and stir. Replace lid and set crockpot to warm until ready to serve.

To make the slaw

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, vinegar, honey, mustard, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the cabbage, radicchio, apple, and carrot to the bowl.
  • Gently toss to coat in the sauce. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss before serving.

Notes

  • To serve, place a generous serving of the pulled pork on the bottom half of a bun. Add some slaw atop the pork and place the top half of the bun over the slaw. Serve with fresh pickles if desired.
  • The slaw will taste even better after it sits for awhile, allowing the flavors to meld together. Simply toss before serving to ensure that all of the ingredients are fully combined.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot / Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Fresh Apple Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 394mg17%
Potassium 885mg25%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 58IU1%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword apple slaw, crock pot, pulled pork, slow cooker
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