apple-bbq pulled pork

This is not your average pulled pork. I am by no means putting down such a wonderful dish; in fact, there’s almost nothing I enjoy more than a tart, vinegar-based pulled pork sandwich, especially during the summer {does anyone remember this dish from earlier in the year?}. But sometimes your taste buds crave something new and exciting. And usually, it takes only a few slight modifications to transform a classic dish into something totally new and exciting. Enter this new pulled pork recipe.



We’re transforming pulled pork with apples, BBQ sauce, applesauce, and Mexican spices. It may sound like an interesting combination of ingredients but let me assure you – this is a dish so full of flavor and texture, your mouth will not know what hit it upon the first bite! The apples impart sweet notes into the meat; the BBQ sauce adds notes of smoke and richness, and the applesauce helps yield a sauce that was made for drizzling over a heaping bowl.

Aside from making one killer sandwich {I dressed mine with a bit of arugula}, I could easily see this getting folded into Macaroni and Cheese {with spicy cheese and jalepenos}, atop a pizza, or stirred into Alfredo sauce. The possibilities are endless. And it is, without a doubt, a crowd pleaser.



Apple-BBQ Pulled Pork {recipe adapted from The Slender Kitchen}

A fun twist on the classic pulled pork dish. This meal is bursting with flavors and textures – the apples and BBQ sauce meld flavors seamlessly to create the perfect sandwich. 


pork loin, about 3-4 lbs., trimmed of any excess fat

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 sliced apples {I used one red and one green}

2 sliced onions

2 minced garlic cloves

salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup BBQ sauce

1/2 cup water

To Prepare:

Add half of the onions and apples to the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle half of the minced garlic on top. Season with salt and pepper.

Rest the pork loin atop the base layer. Top with remaining apples, onions and garlic.

In a small bowl, mix the BBQ sauce, cumin, chili powder, applesauce, and water together. Pour on top of the pork loin and other ingredients.

Cook on low for up to 8 hours. Once ready to serve, shred the meat with two forks. Make sure to incorporate the apples and onions; they will add a delicious note of flavor!

Serve with toasted buns and a side of your favorite BBQ sauce. Enjoy!