Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

October 30, 2013 by Ali

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork |

‘Tis the season when I go from lugging my slow cooker out from the pantry to giving it an official “home” on the countertop for the winter.

(And coming from someone with very limited counter space, that’s saying a lot!)

But my slow cooker has earned it. I am putting it to use constantly lately, making all sorts of great meals, prepping ingredients, even making some of my favorite apple cider and mulled wine. But without a doubt, I still use the slow cooker most to prep large batches of meat. Whether it’s chicken, pork, or beef, my slow cooker just does a rockstar job at seasoning meat and cooking it to perfection without me hardly lifting a finger.

So for a seasonal twist on pulled pork, I decided to try making a slow cooker apple cider pulled pork recipe this week. And oh people, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork |

Longtime readers of this blog know that I am all for all things apple cider when cold weather hits. Whether it’s making homemade apple cider from scratch, serving it in cute apple cider cups, cooking up some apple cider baked chicken, or even making caramel apple cider cookies, it’s safe to say that anything apple cider is a definite favorite around here.

So when I was craving a sweeter pulled pork, it seemed like a no-brainer to try cooking it in some spiced apple cider! I always love apples with pork, so I decided to throw in some apple cider with a few extra cider spices and onions for seasoning. And then I let the slow cooker do its magic.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork |

Once again, the apple cider rocked it. This slow cooker apple cider pulled pork turned out amazing!!!

loved the sweet apple flavor mixed with all of those spices on the pork. And the apple cider vinegar and onions gave it just enough of a savory cut to balance things out. I served it to friends on pork sandwiches, but it would also be awesome in tacos, quesadillas, or with some bbq sauce on top.

Totally simple, and totally delicious.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork |

Once again, well done, slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork |

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: About 6-8 servings


  • 3.5 lb. pork shoulder
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


Place half of the onions in the slow cooker. Set pork on top of onions, then cover pork with remaining onions.

In a separate bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients. Pour on top of pork and onions.

Cook in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours, or until the pork is cooked and pulls apart easily with a fork. Shred pork using two forks, then toss once more in the juices so that it is coated. Serve warm.

You can also refrigerate or freeze the pork in a sealed container.

Try these other favorite slow cooker meat recipes too!

 Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken |

Slow Cooked Shredded Chicken

Guinness Pulled Pork |

Guinness Pulled Pork


Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Crispy Slow-Cooker Carnitas {Gimme Some Oven}

Slow Cooker Carnitas

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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35 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

  1. I made this recipe this weekend and followed it to a T and OMG it was sooooo delicious! I couldn’t believe how much flavour it had! I will definitely be making this again :) 5 Stars!

    - Bubleh

  2. I have made this twice and my family loves it! I am planning to make it this week for a a group of 14 at our family reunion. If I want to double it, do you recommend using two 3.5 lb pork shoulders or can I get one larger one? Thank you! :)

    - MJ

    • Awesome! And either will work! You can buy a larger cut of pork, or just place two in there together. It just will take slightly more time to cook.

      Good luck!

      - Ali

  3. Hi Ali, This looks delicious! My husband is a home brewer and harder cider make, we are always looking for recipes to that can use either. Do you think this would work with hard cider? I think it would but wondering if the acid from the vinegar and cider would be to much.

    - Stacey

  4. This was awesome….I followed the directions exactly. Thank you!!

    - Aimee

  5. Ali- This is so delicious!!! Made this for my husband’s birthday when we had to feed a lot of people and they LOVED IT! It also made our home smell delicious, which was an added bonus. I’m featuring it on my blog next month. Thank you for sharing all your amazing recipes with us. – Liz

    - Liz Cramer

  6. Wow! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it this week.

    - BabyBumpBeyond Heather

  7. oh my deliciousness! this looks so good!

    - milkteaxx

  8. My slow cooker has low and high settings. What should I use?

    - Meredith

  9. Made this today. It is incredible! Such a strong apple cider flavor- no sauce needed! I’ve also made your Chicken Enchilada Pasta Bake and your Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup and love both!!!

    - Madison

  10. I’ve been meaning to comment on this and tell you how amazing it looks! yum!

    - natalie@thesweetslife

  11. This looks delicious, Ali! I’m in the market for a new slow cooker. Just wondering what kind you have and if you love it. Thanks!

    - Jessica Ford

  12. Oh my gosh. This just hit 6 hours in my crock pot and it shredded so easily and tastes amazing!! Another plus, our apartment smells like apple pie! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Kristin

  13. Love pulled pork! This looks delicious, Ali!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  14. This looks heavenly and I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough. Time to start!!

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  15. Yay! Something to do with my apple cider!!! Love this!

    - Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

  16. I for one LOVE my crock-pot to pieces! :-)
    It has saved me countless of times when I knew my days ahead were just going to be too busy to pull out my pots & pans and cook. It has help me creative a good and filling meal many times. I do like it when it does the 6 to 9 hours of cooking for me. :-)
    This recipe will definitely go into my keeper file.
    Just tell me, who doesn’t enjoy a good apple cider anything anyway?!
    Great pictures….you ALWAYS make me hunger when I read your post! LOL!!
    Thanks for sharing this one!

    - Dalila G.

  17. I can only imagine how wonderful your kitchen was smelling with this delicious pork in the slow cooker! Gorgeous sandwich!

    - Gaby

  18. I have a recipe down on my to do list for apple cider pork. I think I have my new recipe to try out. You almost made it too easy for me.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  19. Yesss! I adore pulled pork and am super excited about trying it with apple cider!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  20. Oh my! This sounds delicious!

    - Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books

  21. Totally mouthwatering, Ali! This is pure comfort food cookin’. I want a big roll-full for myself!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  22. Love that you combined apple cider and pork! That’s a favorite combination around here! Definitely have to add it to my menu soon!

    - Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

  23. Forget the pork for a minute, I’ve never seen more beautiful cole slaw in my life!!! Your photos make me smile. The end.

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  24. Looks yummy. My family loves pulled pork sandwiches and the cider will be an interesting twist. I just had an organic spiced cider with star anise, ginger and honey at Le Pain Quotidien in DC while on a trip. Sooooo good and comforting. Look forward to your cider recipes this fall! Happy Wednesday.

    - Terry Campbell

  25. This is SO going on my fall food lineup, Ali! Love slow cooker pulled pork, but add apple cider to the mix and I AM IN LOVE.

    - Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

  26. YUM! This looks great! I am also a big fan of cider in the fall/winter.

    - Stephanie @ PlainChicken

  27. Pulled pork is an obsession around here (can you tell I grew up in KS?) Can’t wait to try your apple cider version. PS–congrats to the slow cooker for making the “counter cut.” That is HUGE!

    - Erin | The Law Students Wife

  28. I never used to use my crockpot, but now I am using it all them time! It is such a time saver and like you said, it cooks meat perfectly! This looks so good, Ali! Such a perfect seasonal meal!

    - Tieghan