A delicious Summertime favorite with a Fall twist!
I try to keep some cooked protein in my refrigerator at all times. It makes staying on track and eating right way simpler and less stressful! Chicken is my go-to, but every now and then I like to switch it up! This slow cooker apple butter pulled pork is a fantastic, nutritious, and delicious option that is loaded with protein. I’ve found myself making it more and more often, not only because I love it, but because my family does too!
The Perfect Recipe for Autumn
This slow cooker apple butter pulled pork can be enjoyed any time of the year, however it’s particularly perfect in the Fall! Just imagine: The windows are open, letting the fresh, crisp Autumn air in. Meanwhile, your home is being filled with incredible Fall aromas of apples and spices. But you don’t just get to smell these incredible scents, no, you get to eat them too!
The Ease of Slow Cooking
Another great thing about this recipe is that all of the cooking is done in the slow cooker. Not only does this make the cooking process stress-free, but it also means that clean-up is a breeze! And though this recipe is slightly more labor intensive than some of our other slow cooker options, the resulting dish is well worth the extra effort.
Basically, you will be making an apple butter first, and then braising pork chops in the apple butter for several hours. The result is juicy, shredded pork that is bursting with flavor! Like we said… well worth it!
A Simple Dinner Time Option
The very first thing you’ll need to do is create the apple butter mixture. Begin by placing the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and coconut sugar into the slow cooker. Turn it on high and cook for two hours. If you have extra time, you can turn it on low and cook for four hours.
When the apple butter mixture is finished, the apples should be soft enough that you can crush them. Add in the cider vinegar, garlic, onion, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix it in with the crushed apples and then add the pork chops. Cover the chops with the apple mixture and cook for an additional two hours on high or four hours on low.
When time is up, remove the pork, shred it, and return it to the slow cooker. Cook on high for ten more minutes, and then it’s ready to serve!
Best Ways to Serve this Yummy Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pulled Pork
After shredding the pork, you can serve it on a wheat bun or eat it on it’s own. Alternatively, you can forego the shredding and serve the pork chops whole with the apple butter spooned over it.
Of course, any main course needs a yummy side dish or two! You may want to consider pairing this apple butter pulled pork with any of these sides:
Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pulled Pork
- 5 apples peeled, cored and diced
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 onion medium, chopped
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 pork loin chops
- Place apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and coconut sugar into slow cooker. Cook on low for four hours, or high for two hours.
- Add cider vinegar, garlic, onion, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix in with the apples (the apples should be soft enough that you can crush them), then add pork chops. Cover the chops with the apple mixture. Cook for an additional four hours on low, or two hours on high. Remove pork, shred and return to the slow cooker. Cook on high for ten more minutes, then serve!
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