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Apple Cider Pulled Pork

For potlucks and tailgates, we slow-cook pork with cider, onions and spices. These tangy sliders and sweet potato fries make a winning barbecue plate. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 24 mini buns, warmed
  • Additional apple slices, optional

Directions

  • Mix first 5 ingredients. Place apples, onion, celery and cider in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with roast. Sprinkle roast with seasoning mixture. Cook, covered, on low until tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Remove roast; shred with 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Mix cornstarch and water; stir into cooking juices. Cook, covered, on high until thickened, 10-15 minutes; stir in pork. Serve on buns. If desired, top with apple slices.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add a little broth or water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
2 sliders: 375 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 563mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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