Sweet Apple Pulled Pork

As much as I love it, pulled pork always seemed like such a faff, surely it can’t taste so amazing and not be really hard work? But honestly this isn’t! Combined with sweet apple, an amazingly tasty meal that doesn’t have a billion ingredients or takes ages to prepare. The oven does most of the work for you, so just sit back and relax!

Pork and Apple.

Pork and apple is always a win, the two flavours go together like….well,… apple and pork! Add in everything else to make the sticky, sweet apple sauce and you won’t be able to resist a second….. third….. and maybe fourth helping! You won’t find any leftovers in our kitchen.

The thing I love most about pulled pork is that, once it’s prepared, you basically just leave it in the oven. There is very little work involved, but with the low cooking temperature of 160C, it gives the flavours a chance to develop really well.

This Pulled Pork is great in burger rolls with onion rings and coleslaw.

Pulled Pork FAQs

What is the best cut of meat to use for pulled pork?

The best cut is the shoulder. Buy a boneless shoulder joint and ensure that you cook it for long enough to break down the protein.

Can I cook this in the slow cooker instead?

Sure, I would add a little stock and butter to the pot and cook for around 7 hours until the meat pulls apart easily. Once you have cooked and shredded the meat, brown it off in a frying pan before serving.

Can I freeze cooked pulled pork?

Yes you can! Once the meat has cooled pack it into freezer bags and remove the excess air and seal the bags tightly. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before reheating thoroughly.

close up of pulled pork and burger bun

Sweet Apple Pulled Pork

Author: Becky
Slow roasted pulled pork with fresh sweet apple and maple syrup sauce all cooked together and served in flour covered buns.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Plus Resting Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 265 kcal


  • 1 kg Boneless Pork Shoulder
  • 2 Bramley Apples Peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 100 g Dark Brown Soft Sugar
  • 100 ml Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Wholegrain Mustard


  • Line a roasting pan with 2 large sheets of foil, one laid each way. Make sure they are long enough to create a parcel.
  • Place apple, syrup and sugar into a saucepan and cook over a gentle heat until the apple is soft and the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Turn off the heat and add the salt and mustard and mix through.
  • Lay the pork into your pan and pour over 3/4 of the apple sauce. Join the sides of the foil to create a parcel (make sure there is space between the foil and pork).
  • Cook for 3 hours at 150C.
  • After this time, fold down the sides of the foil and spoon over the rest of the apple sauce. 
  • Cook for another hour. Remove from the oven, cover and allow to rest for 20-30 mins, before serving. 
  • When you are ready to serve, take 2 forks and shred the meat.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 28gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 385mgPotassium: 569mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword slow roasted pulled pork
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  1. plasterers bristol says:

    5 stars
    This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.


  2. Miz Helen says:

    5 stars
    We would just love your Pulled Pork, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday, I just pinned this recipe it looks so good! Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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