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Apple Butter Pulled Pork

Simple, full of flavor, and super versatile! This easy recipe for Apple Butter Pulled Pork is perfect on sandwiches, tacos, pizzas, and good old fashioned barbeque plates piled high with potato salad. 
Apple Butter Pulled Pork

This content is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter but all opinion, photos, and original recipes are my own. I’ve partnered with Musselman’s this year to bring you a wide variety of Apple Butter recipes because gahhhh there is so much more to do with apple butter than just put it on toast. 

I have made this Apple Butter Pulled Pork so many times in the last 30 days… it’s almost embarrassing.

But I guess with a nod to its deliciousness AND its total versatility, no one around here seems to have noticed. Or really seems to mind. I think that MUST be because I have served it no less that 4 different ways. All were a hit, all came together REALLY easily, and bonus!!! There’s going to be pizza.

I feel like I should start with a disclaimer — this IS a slow cooker recipe. It’s also one of those slow cooker recipes that requires an itsy bitsy bit of work before you toss everything in the pot. But it’s like 10 minutes of work. You have 10 minutes, right? ( If you want to just throw a bunch of stuff in and get going with your day, this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is totally the ticket)

A good slow cooker pork recipe starts with a good seasoning and then a good sear.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pulled Pork Recipe

I used Musselman’s Apple Butter to make the sauce. It has a great, unique taste — there’s a lot of depth to the flavor and I really like it in recipes that can go sweet OR savory. Apple Butter walks a nice little line somewhere in the middle.

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I added apple cider vinegar and a little dijon mustard to the sauce too, but if I’m being totally honest here, I definitely made this pork once with just the apple butter. #stillgood

Apple Butter Pulled Pork sandwiches with Apple Bacon Slaw

The best best BEST thing about this recipe though, is that you can take it in SO many different directions. This easy sandwich is just Apple Butter Pulled Pork + the Apple Bacon Slaw from my BBQ Bites recipe. And actually you could use this pork for the BBQ in those bites, too.

You could make tacos with the pulled pork and this Pineapple Slaw . Sweet and spicy — and the slaw comes together in 5 minutes, which makes this EVERY BIT of a 15 minute dinner (once you cook the pork, I mean).

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Grab yourself a plate and pile it high with Warm Herbed Potato Salad, some Apple Butter Pulled Pork, and a few veggies. That is southern dinner at its finest.

Warm Herbed Potato Salad

Put the pork on a biscuit. A big fat fluffy Greek Yogurt Cheddar Biscuit, to be exact.

Greek Yogurt Biscuit Recipe

Let’s look at sandwiches again…

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Homemade Slaw Recipe

If you can’t tell, I love these.

And I did not forget that I promised you pizza.

Pulled Pork Pizza Recipe

Pulled Pork Pizza is OUTSTANDING!!! It’s piled high with things like caramelized onions, bacon, and look! There’s pineapple again! Also it’s on a Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Crust so it’s automatically #1.

(full recipe for the crust and the pizza will be available tomorrow — cook the pork ahead of time!)

Apple Butter Pulled Pork Recipe

Since there are so many directions to go here, I recommend doubling the recipe.

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An easy and versatile recipe that is perfect on sandwiches, tacos, pizzas, or barbecu plates piled high with potato salad. Apple Butter Pulled Pork is full of flavor and can easily be made ahead of time. Since this is a slow cooker recipe please note that the cook time is long, but the actual active time required is only about 15 minutes.
Serves: serves 8
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 - 2 pounds pork tenderloin roast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  1. Heat the oil over medium high in a large skillet. Sprinkle the pork on all sides with the salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin. Sear the pork in the skillet to form a nice crust; about 1-2 minutes per side.
  2. Place the seared pork in your slow cooker. Whisk together the apple butter, cider vinegar, and dijon mustard. Pour it over the pork. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Shred the pork using two forks, carefully discarding any bones. Leave it in the sauce you made.
  4. Keep warm until serving; this can also be made a day ahead.
If you double the recipe you will probably need to add 1-2 hours to the cook time.

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Stephanie Rolfe

Monday 4th of April 2016

Hi Heather! Does this freeze well? May not use all at once and would love to have some on hand when needed/wanted. Thanks!

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Hi Stephanie! It absolutely freezes well! Enjoy!

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

Thursday 19th of March 2015

I want to make this really soon! I'm loving the apple butter idea!!

Heather Tullos

Friday 20th of March 2015

Hope you'll try it! Thanks, Jaren!

Jordan @ Smile Sandwich

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

This looks amazing - and so easy to make! I love the sweet and savory combination.

Heather Tullos

Friday 20th of March 2015

Super easy to make. Thanks Jordan!!

Maegan @thebakermama

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Love pulled pork and love all the ways I could use this recipe! Definitely doubling it!

Heather Tullos

Friday 20th of March 2015

We always double it Maegan! That's the name of the game when you are feeding boys!

Paula Jones

Friday 13th of March 2015

This is the perfect flavor pairing!! GReat recipe Heather!