Slow Cooker Hard Cider Barbecue Pork is great on buns or even over rice!
My usual go to liquid for pulled pork is apple juice. I’ve been seeing more and more people using hard cider in cooking, why not?! I always have hard cider on hand, I tend to buy way more than I think I can drink. This recipe has other great flavors too; brown sugar, seasonings, onion and barbecue sauce.
I want to be clear about what kind of hard cider to use. I think a plain hard cider is best. I’ve had ciders that say they taste like apple pie, but really taste like a hot cinnamon candy, that is not the kind of cider to use in this recipe. Also, use your favorite barbecue sauce in this, I like to try new barbecue sauces often and this one is great in the recipe and on top of the finished pork.
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What is your favorite way to make pulled pork? I’d love to hear your ideas! Have a great week.
- 4 lb. pork shoulder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup favorite barbecue sauce
- 1 white onion sliced
- 1 12-oz. bottle hard cider (regular, not apple pie or other strange flavor)
Slow Cooker Size:
- 6 quart or larger
- Add the pork shoulder to the slow cooker
- Sprinkle over the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and brown sugar.
- Pour over the barbecue sauce and add the onion.
- Pour over the hard cider.
- Cover and cook on low for 10 hours.
- Shred the pork and serve on buns or rice.
I used my 6-quart Crock-Pot for this recipe. A slow cooker 6-quart or larger will work best for this recipe.
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