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Apple Cider Pulled Pork (Instant Pot / Crockpot)

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pounds of pulled pork 1x
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot / Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Apple Cider Pulled Pork recipe is an easy and versatile fall recipe. It’s slightly sweet yet sugar free and can be made in both the instant pot and crockpot!


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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 4 pound pork shoulder, twine removed
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Select the saute function on the Instant Pot to saute the onions in avocado oil for 5 minutes  before turning the pot off and adding the apples on top.
  2. Add to the Instant Pot, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos and hot sauce.
  3. In a small bowl combine the spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin and paprika.
  4. Rub the pork shoulder on all sides with all of the spice mix.
  5. Set the pork shoulder in the Instant Pot on top of the apples and onions (and liquid).
  6. Secure the lid, turn the pressure valve to sealing and select manual / high pressure for 75 minutes (1hr 15min).
  7. Once the cooking time is complete, quick release the steam and once depressurized open the lid.
  8. Remove the pork to a plate or cutting board to shred with two forks. (The meat will be falling apart and you may want a spatula or tongs to help you transfer it.)
  9. Shred the pork.
  10. Pour the sauce with onions and apples into a blender and puree.
  11. Serve the pulled pork and cider sauce immediately over a sweet potato or anything else you fancy.
  12. Store leftovers in a large container that will allow you to store the pork and cider sauce together. (The pork marinates in the cider sauce and is even better the next day!) Use or freeze leftovers within 3-4 days of cooking.
  13. Eat and enjoy!

CROCKPOT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place onions and apples in the bottom of your crockpot.
  2. Add to the Crockpot, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos and hot sauce.
  3. In a small bowl combine the spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin and paprika.
  4. Rub the pork shoulder on all sides with all of the spice mix.
  5. Set the pork shoulder in the Crockpot on top of the apples and onions (and liquid).
  6. Place the lid on your crockpot and set to 6-10 hours on low heat -OR- 5-8 hours on high heat. *All crockpots cook slightly differently so cooking times will vary but if you have the time I recommend low heat for overwhelmingly tender results.
  7. Once the cooking time is complete and the pork shoulder is cooked through and falling apart, carefully remove the pork to a plate or cutting board to shred with two forks. (The meat will be falling apart and you may want a spatula or tongs to help you transfer it.)
  8. Shred the pork.
  9. Pour the sauce with onions and apples into a blender and puree.
  10. Serve the pulled pork with cider sauce immediately over a sweet potato or anything else you fancy.
  11. Store leftovers in a large container that will allow you to store the pork and cider sauce together. (The pork marinates in the cider sauce and is even better the next day!) Use or freeze leftovers within 3-4 days of cooking.
  12. Eat and enjoy!

Notes

If desired you can definitely crisp up the pulled pork in a skillet before serving.

Store leftovers by allowing the pork to cool, then transfer to a storage container, cover and store in the fridge. It will keep for up to 3 days.

To reheat, transfer the desired amount of pulled pork and cider sauce to a sauce pot and reheat with a lid over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature. It will only take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the quantity being reheated.

You can also freeze all or individual portions of the pork in the cider sauce, which will help keep the pork moist (I don’t recommend freezing the meat on its own). You can freeze cooked pork for up to 3 months.

Keywords: apple cider, pulled pork, instant pot, crockpot,

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