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October 17, 2016

Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw

Pork and apples are an age-old combination… and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

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The older our daughter gets, the more I seem to rely on the slow cooker meals.

To the parents who make dinner every night without the help of a slow cooker: You are my HEROES!

Because cooking dinner with an active toddler at witching hour is a challenge.

And since I’m trying to be kind to myself, as well as have a delicious homemade meal for our family most evenings, the slow cooker is my new bestie.

Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

This Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is a new favorite of ours… and it cooks all day in the slow cooker.

🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Slow cooker pulled pork and I have a long history together. While I generally like to remove my pork before it becomes too saturated in its own fat, I wanted to try something different with this recipe.

I wanted the pork to taste like the fall.

So I seasoned the meat with salt, pepper and cinnamon… then I poured apple cider into the slow cooker and let it go.

Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

The most time-intensive part of this recipe is chopping the cabbage and apples for the slaw. And it was made after my husband arrived and could play with Lady Baby while I chopped and tossed everything together.

This slaw is different than the other recipes I’ve shared because it’s got a sweet/tartness going on that is incredible. And when we chopped a jalapeño and tossed it in? That sweet/tart/spice combination? Killer.

Lady Baby enjoyed it, too!

(Baby foodie FTW!)

Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

Now, I’m a Memphis girl through and through… and I will always, always, always require my pulled pork to come with coleslaw.

And when I say that I want the pulled pork to come with coleslaw, I mean I want the slaw ON my pulled pork sandwich.

That’s standard in Memphis. That’s how I serve mine. But if you find coleslaw on a sandwich weird (like, say, my husband), you can certainly serve yours on the side!

Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

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Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

Now who’s ready to make some fall-flavored pulled pork with a seasonal slaw?

Here’s how I did it:

 

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Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw

Pork and apples are an age-old combination... and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any fall get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!
Course Entree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Apple Cider Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • 2 lb . pork butt
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Sandwich buns

Apple Cabbage Slaw

  • ½ head small green cabbage
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 - 1 jalapeño pepper , diced (use your discretion here and consider the crowd you're feeding!)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

Cook the Apple Cider Pork Butt

  1. Place the pork butt in the bowl of the slow cooker.
  2. Measure in the apple cider, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  4. When finished cooking, remove the pork from the slow cooker. Let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. When the pork has cooled, remove the fat and shred using forks or your fingers.
  6. Set aside until time to eat.

Prepare the Apple Cabbage Slaw

  1. Using a mandolin or a very sharp knife, shred the cabbage into fine, thin pieces. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Using a mandolin or a very sharp knife, slice the apples into long, thin pieces like the cabbage. Toss in the lemon juice. Add to the bowl with the cabbage.
  3. Add the diced jalapeño pepper to the bowl with the cabbage and apples.
  4. In another bowl, combine the yogurt dressing ingredients: the yogurt, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, pepper and celery seed. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Pour over the cabbage and apple mixture. Using tongs, toss until the slaw is well coated.

Prepare the Sandwiches

  1. Toast and slice the sandwich buns.
  2. Place the shredded pork onto the bottom bun.
  3. Arrange coleslaw on top of the pork.
  4. Top with the top half of the bun, and enjoy immediately.

 

How do you feel about the slow cooker?

Have you ever had a dinner like this?

1 Comment

  1. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I love making pulled pork for my fiance! This dish is going to go down a treat and definitely earn me some fiance points in the process. I love how you have infused the pork with so many great fall flavours. Now, I have to go and find my slow cooker 🙂

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