I love pulled pork. I mean, who doesn’t right? I was googling recipes, and finding that most of the recipes called for lots of added sugar, packaged BBQ sauce, or packaged spice blends.
Not my thing. So, I decided to create my own recipe, sans added sugar, and processed “food like” products.
Apple & Maple, Smokey Pulled Pork. Sweetened only by apple and pure organic No. 1 maple syrup (Canadian, of course). Cooked all day in the slow cooker until “melt in your mouth” done.
My 6 year old said “mommy, I love this, even more than nachos or apple juice”. I call that success.
Apple & Maple, Smokey Pulled Pork
3 Lb. Boneless Pork Shoulder
3/4 Onion, Diced
1 Large Green Apple, Peeled & Diced
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 Cup Pure, Grade A Maple Syrup
Rub the pork shoulder all over with a generous amount of smoked paprika and sea salt. Let sit in fridge for a few hours. Over night, would be better.
Sear the pork shoulder in a hot pan, and oil.
Add the seared pork shoulder, onion, apple, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup to your crock pot. Cook on high for about 5 hours, or until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork. The crock pot I use is a hand me down, from my dad, that is probably 25+ years old. Cooking times may vary with newer crock pots. HA!
When the meat is done and tender. Shred with two forks and stir around in the juices. I like to add an extra 2TBSP of maple syrup at this point. Then let it cook on low for another 20 minutes or so.
Serve in living butter lettuce wraps, and top with coleslaw.
Tangy Apple Coleslaw
1/2 Red Cabbage, Shredded
1/2 Red Onion, Finely Sliced
1/2 Green Apple, Finely Sliced
1/2 Carrot, Grated
1/4 Cup Homemade Mayo
4TBSP White Vinegar
2TBSP Cider Vinegar