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Serving tray with pulled pork sandwiches topped with apple slaw.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Tangy Apple Slaw

This easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork brings every flavor to your plate: smoky, sweet, salty, savory, and a little spicy. Throw it on a bun with some crunchy tangy apple slaw for the perfect sandwich!


  • 4-5 lb pork butt (bone-in or boneless, doesn't matter)

Dry rub.

  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1.5 TBSP kosher salt
  • 1 TBSP crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Mop (wet dressing).

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBSP liquid smoke

Tangy Apple Slaw.

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 large apple, peeled and shredded, You can use Royal Gala, Honey Crisp, or anything on the sweet and juicy side. Avoid Delicious apples. (Because they aren't.)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp quality maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper


  • Slow cooker


  • Mix all of the ingredients for the mop in a bowl, whisking until well combined. Pour about 1/4 of the mop into the slow cooker.
  • Mix all of the ingredients for the dry rub in a small bowl.
  • Place the pork, fat cap side up, into the slow cooker. Sprinkle the dry rub over the pork and rub it all over the pork, ensuring to get every side except the bottom half, which is sitting in the wet mop.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until it reaches a temperature of 190º F.
  • Once the pork is ready, transfer it to a large serving dish and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the fat cap and discard it. Then, with two forks, shred the pork until it's completely pulled. Transfer the pulled pork back to the slow cooker, and drizzle it with the rest of the mop; stir to coat.
  • Serve with fresh buns and tangy apple slaw.

Tangy apple slaw.

  • Place the shredded cabbage, carrots, and apple in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients for the slaw. Once mixed, drizzle it over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Serve with pulled pork sandwiches.


Note: The pulled park is also delicious served on it's own with the slaw—no buns necessary!