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Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork | Magnolia Days

September is Hunger Action Month. There is a national campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to take action and help get food to those in need. I am proud, honored, and thrilled to be a part of a special cookbook of healthy affordable slow cooker meal recipes called Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours. All of the proceeds from the book benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. To see a short video on the book click here: Cookbook Promo Video

Over 30 bloggers teamed up to put together this cookbook. It includes my recipe for Chicken, Potato, and Barley Stew. You have to purchase the book to get that recipe. The book also includes the recipe for Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork featured in this post (the recipe is way down at the very bottom so keep scrolling down to get to it). Click on the photo of the book to purchase it on Amazon. It is a gorgeous book with recipes, tips, and more.

You can also get it as an eBook. Feeding America food banks across the country are giving the eBook version as a free gift to their donors. If you make a donation you will be given the eBook as a free gift. Donate right now and get your free eBook by clicking here: Feed Hope Now

We have generous sponsors. They have joined with us to help get the word out about hunger in America and our cookbook. Grimmway Farms, Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce, and San Miguel Produce are contributing food to their local food banks and giving $5 per book sold to the food bank (up to $600 and that is in addition to the proceeds from book sales going to the food bank). There are also some wonderful giveaways thanks to them and Hamilton Beach.

Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork | Magnolia Days

About the giveaways: I am giving away two prizes. One is a combination of a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget® Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker (model 33464) and a copy the cookbook. The other is a copy of the cookbook. The co-editors of the book, Christine and Jennifer, are also giving away one prize of free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, one prize of free greens for a year from San Miguel and a potato prize pack from Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce including 40 pounds of potatoes and 1 Bamboo Bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet, 1 about potatoes booklet. Many of the participating bloggers are also doing giveaways so visit each one and enter to win on their blogs too. Scroll down to see the list of bloggers with links to each.

How to enter my giveaway: Either purchase the cookbook or donate to a food bank (or both) and leave a comment letting me know which one you did. I’m using the honor system and taking your word for it so I’m trusting you did your part.

My giveaway details: Giveaway is for United States residents only. Contest runs from Monday, September 8, 2014 and ends on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Winners will be selected from valid entries using a random draw. Winners will be notified via email and they have 3 days to respond or alternate winner(s) will be selected. Good luck!

Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork | Magnolia Days

We are having a twitter parties too. It is to help get the word out about hunger and how our book is helping. Print copies of the cookbook will be given away at all of them and some will have extra prizes as well including another slow cooker. Our main twitter party is September 18, 2014 at 9pm Eastern Time. Follow and tweet with the #slowNwholeCookbook hashtag to keep up with the conversation. We will also be joining Courntey Crozier, former contestant from The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem twitter parties on September 11, 18, and 25th from 8-9pm Eastern Time.

Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork | Magnolia Days

Here are participating cookbook bloggers. The recipe title is the one they did for the book. The link goes to their cookbook launch post. Visit them to find more chances to enter to win giveaways:

Stay in touch with our partners and sponsors:

Thank you very much for taking action to help get food to those in need. Your support is greatly appreciated. Oh, and about the Slow-Cooker Island Pulled pork. It has wonderful jerk spices and flavors. Serve it as-is or on a sandwich with your favorite BBQ sauce and fresh cilantro. It is a recipe I know I’ll make often since I very much enjoy those Caribbean flavors.

Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork

Escape to the islands in your own kitchen by making this Slow-Cooker Island Pulled Pork recipe. Serve it as-is or on a bun with BBQ sauce for a sandwich.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 pound boneless pork butt
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 to 10 hamburger buns sliced open
  • BBQ sauce
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. In a small bowl combine onion powder, garlic powder, cloves, ginger, allspice, thyme, dry mustard, salt, paprika, cumin, sugar, black pepper and cayenne. Use fingers to rub spices together to ensure that ginger is dispersed throughout. Rub spice mixture all over pork.
  2. Put the pork in the slow cooker fat side up. Pour apple cider over pork and add bay leaf.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker. Use two forks to shred meat.
  4. Skim fat off liquid in slow cooker. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the remaining liquid over the meat and mix to combine.
  5. Serve on a bun as-is or slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce and sprinkled with fresh cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Recipe ©copyright Jill Holland, Sous Chef of Catering for Good and Chef Instructor of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Used with permission.

Disclosures: Links to the cookbook on Amazon are affiliate links. I received a Hamilton Beach slow cooker at no charge in exchange for offering a giveaway for one in this cookbook launch. I was under no obligation to post a review for the slow cooker. I am not receiving any compensation for participation in the cookbook or any portion of the cookbook sales.

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 30th of September 2014

I donated to a food bank and will continue to do so throughout the year.

Tina W

Monday 22nd of September 2014

I donate to my local food bank almost every week during the summer. We have a large backyard garden and always plant extra so we can share. They LOVE getting tomatoes and zucchini. This past week I also had a great couponing trip so I had a bunch of shampoo and toothpaste to donate also.

christine j

Sunday 21st of September 2014

I have so many cans. Great reminder to donate to the food bank down the street. I am going to work on this tonight

Margot C

Thursday 18th of September 2014

In our neighborhood the Fire Dept collect food for the food bank, no perishables. Every month after my husband's second paycheck we buy stuff and leave it there. Last time was end of August, next time is Saturday! (I hope that counts, but if not that's ok)


Thursday 18th of September 2014

We volunteer at a local food pantry (held in a Lutheran church) and also donate to them directly - they buy food from the food bank, so we just cut their cost to zero by donating straight to them. Our night to volunteer again is tomorrow, and we'll be taking some more items after seeing the shape of the shelves tomorrow night.