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Apple Cider Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Apple Cider Pulled Pork Sandwiches that aren’t too barbecue-y, have a sweet hint of apples and a late kick of heat. You can use store bought sandwich buns or click on the Related Link and see recipe for my Egg Bread Buns if you want to make your own.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Apple Cider (or Juice)
  • ½ cups Ketchup
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce (optional)
  • 1-½ teaspoon Cumin
  • 1-½ teaspoon Paprika
  • 1-½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Divided Into Eighths
  • 2-½ pounds Pork Shoulder, All Ties Removed (I Used A Pork Shoulder Butt Roast)
  • 6 whole Sandwich Buns

Preparation

Heat the oven to 350 degrees (F).

In a large bowl, combine the apple cider, ketchup, brown sugar, optional barbecue sauce and spices and set aside.

Place half of the sliced onions into the bottom of a 4-6-quart Dutch oven. Place the pork shoulder on top of the onions. Top the pork shoulder with the remaining onions and then pour sauce over everything. The pork shoulder need not be completely submerged to reach perfect pulled perfection, but you can add a little more apple cider if you’d like at this point.

Cover and place in the oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of your pork shoulder. Begin checking for doneness after about 2 hours. When done, the pork will easily pull apart from itself with a fork. Remove the meat and place onto a flat surface.

Place the Dutch oven on the stove (or move contents to a large pan) over medium heat and heat the remaining sauce/juices to boiling to thicken. While the sauce boils, pull the pork into shreds using two forks. Take care to remove the pieces of fat. Return the shredded pork to the sauce and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve pulled pork piled high on a sandwich bun or just by itself. Top with some coleslaw if you’d like. It’s really yummy!

Enjoy!

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zina on 10.21.2010

MMMMM! Another great-sounding recipe I’ll have to try. I can almost taste it and just know it will be fantastic. :) Z

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lshanahan on 10.28.2010

I made this today in the crockpot and it’s delicious, wonderful flavor balance. Thanks for the recipe.

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