Date Night Apple Butter Pulled Pork In The Slow Cooker

Welcome to my date night apple butter pulled pork in the slow cooker recipe.

Welcome to my date night apple butter pulled pork in the slow cooker recipe.

You know pulled pork was the first recipe that I actually got excited over in the slow cooker. I was your typical slow cooker user before then that just did pasta or rice dishes with really unhealthy creamy sauces.

But after discovering a recipe for pulled pork in a magazine it got me hooked on it and before long I was making my own versions of pulled pork. Over the years I must have made at least 10 different versions and this has to be one of my all time favourites.

Apples and pork go together like salt and pepper and they are amazing slow cooked. If you make an apple butter (which is very easy to do) you can have a fantastic marinade for your pulled pork. Then leave it to marinate overnight and you have a fabulous dinner for two.

In our case we did it because we had a spare pork shoulder in the freezer and lots of apples in the fruit bowl. As it is still summer the fruit tends to go off very quickly so if you want to combat food waste you have to get in there really quick. It is also rather hot so we like to use the slow cooker instead of the oven whenever we can so that we can keep the house relatively cool.

This recipe is also very simple, that even a child could make it (well with adult supervision!) or you could cook it with potatoes and vegetables and treat it like a pot roast.

So never mind talking about it, lets go and make some delicious apple butter pulled pork and remember how amazing apple and pork are together!

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Date Night Apple Butter Pulled Pork In The Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
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  • 1 Medium Pork Shoulder
  • 1Tbsp Thyme
  • 1Tsp Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Marinade:
  • 3 Large Apples (peeled, diced and pureed)
  • 1Tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Small Lemon (juice only)
  • 2Tsp Brown Sugar
  • 200ml Apple Cider
  • ½ Tsp Mixed Spice
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  1. Start by adding your marinade ingredients into a blender and blending well until it resembles creamy apple butter.
  2. Place your pork into a mixing bowl and rub with coconut oil and then your marinade. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. The next morning move your pork from the bowl into your slow cooker and pour over any juices that are left behind. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Place on low for 7 hours or until the meat is breaking away and resembles pulled pork.
  4. Serve with warm crusty bread or breadcakes and a glass of apple cider.
If you are teetotal then I recommend ditching the apple cider and instead using 12 apples and also adding a pork stock cube. This will then give you a similar flavour.

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3 comments… add one
  • avatar foodandolives Sep 23, 2016, 1:51 am

    This looks so good!

  • avatar Erin Sep 23, 2016, 6:51 am

    This sounds great – do you think this would work with a pork fillet as well as with pork shoulder? (That’s what I have in the freezer!)

    • avatar Samantha and Dominic Sep 23, 2016, 9:44 am

      Hi Erin, absolutely! If i was to use fillet instead though I would slash the top of the fillet with a sharp knife and fill the apple butter into the holes.

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