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