Apple BBQ Pulled Pork

An Apple a Day

These Apple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches are the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Made with pork shoulder, brown sugar, local apples and onion – the  fresh, delicious flavours in this recipe will not disappoint. Add this local Apple Slaw and these pulled pork sandwiches will hit the spot and leave you wanting more.

Ingredients for Wet Rub

3 lbs. Boneless pork shoulder
3 Tbsp Brown sugar
1 Tbsp Kosher salt
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Allspice
½ tsp Fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp Vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
4 Large baking apples, peeled, cored and halved
Medium, yellow onion, sliced

Ingredients for Sauce

1/3 cup Brown sugar
1 Cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Ground clove


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients for the wet rub in a medium sized bowl, then add the oil and vinegar.
  2. Place the pork shoulder in a deep dutch oven, or roasting pan, and spoon the rub over the top. Cover the shoulder in the rub, massage it in with your hands for a few minutes.
  3. Toss the onions and halved apples into the pan, and let sit, refrigerated for at least 2 hours, and ideally overnight.
  4.   In a large bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients with a whisk, set aside.
  5.  As the end of the marinating time, preheat oven to 275 F. Cook the shoulder for 3 ½ to 4 hours, until the meat is tender and can easily be shredded.
  6.  Remove the pork from the oven and let cool, place the apples, onions, and some of the juices from the pork aside in a bowl. Then using either your hands or two forks, pull the pork apart, going along the muscle fibers to create ‘strings.’
  7.  Put the sauce mix into a blender with the baked apples, onion and juices.
  8. Pour the sauce over the pulled pork, and either store, or keep warm in the oven to serve.
  9.  Serve with buns, mayonnaise, coleslaw, and greens.

Local Source Guide

Local apples/produce: Noggins Corner Farm MarketStirling Fruit FarmsMasstown Market or any Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.
Pork Shop pproducts can be purchased from their locations in New Glasgow and Denmark as well as at Masstown Market and Stirling Fruit Farms. Visit Meadowbrook Meat Market’s Berwick or Alderney Landing (Dartmouth) locations for a variety of pork products.

Recipe and Photography provided by: Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie

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