Thursday, July 12, 2012

RECIPE: Slow Cooker Apple Pulled Pork with a Kick

It's my birthday on Sunday, and I'm going to celebrate the same way I do every year -- by eating the tops off all the cupcakes. You know why? Because I'm a grownup and I make the rules now. So I can lick the icing and throw away the cake if I want to.

That's pretty much the same reason I eat pulled pork every week. It used to be relegated to the occasional party or festival, but once I figured out how to make it in the crockpot, my instant gratification kicked in and now it's a weekly staple.

I'm kind of obsessed with pulled pork recipes, and constantly shifting my favorites around on the proverbial podium. But I have to say -- this is hands-down my best pulled pork recipe since last year's pulled porkgasm.

You'll need:

  • 1-2 lbs. pork loin (I used boneless)
  • 1 1/4 cup apple juice (we like Mott's Natural)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Papa Joe's salt (or a mix of sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Weber Kick'n Chicken spice mix
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic

Mix everything but the pork in a bowl. Dunk the pork loin in the bowl to coat it, then dump everything in the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.

You can do the usual tricks to make it extra juicy (marinate it ahead of time, brown the outside of the pork to seal in the juices) but trust me when I say it is not necessary. The mixture just seeps into the pork like magic and makes it crumble -- it literally took me four stabs of a fork to shred the entire roast.

Hubby dressed it up with a slice of muenster and a fresh Jersey tomato on the bakery multigrain from Shop-Rite which is possibly the best grocery-store bread ever.


  1. This was awesome! Just a few shreds thrown into my lunch the next day made the entire bowl delicious!

  2. Finally made the pork tonight (I know I called you about it like two weeks ago..) DELISH!!! We're now in full on pulled pork coma gloriousness

  3. Yay! Glad you found the Webers and experienced the magic...haha. I made it (AGAIN) for dinner tonight.