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Making a big batch of pulled pork is always a good idea. Whether you are hosting a party and need something delicious to feed many mouths or if you are just meal prepping for the week and want a protein that is versatile to put into tons of different recipes. This Apple Cider Vinegar Pulled Pork is my absolute favorite, so simple yet absolutely delicious. I love the subtle tang that the apple cider vinegar gives it, too! 

Apple Cider Vinegar Pulled Pork

If you are doing the Whole30, try this Apple Cider Vinegar Pulled Pork on top of a salad filled with avocado, onions, tomatoes, and sliced radishes. You can make these Enchilada Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Or, try serving it over cauliflower rice and make a burrito bowl-like situation. Yum. 

Apple Cider Vinegar Pulled Pork

If you aren’t Whole30– this recipe is great in tacos, enchiladas, stuffed bell peppers, you name it! 

Hope you all enjoy my favorite pulled pork! 

Apple Cider Vinegar Pulled Pork
Serves 6
The perfect pulled pork recipe for any dish!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
  1. 4.5-5lb. Bone-in Pork Shoulder Roast
  2. kosher salt, to taste
  3. black pepper, to taste
  4. ground cumin, (about 1-2 tsp.)
  5. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  6. 1 yellow or white onion, sliced
  7. 3-4 cloves of garlic
  8. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  9. 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Season all sides of the pork shoulder generously with kosher salt and black pepper, you want to be sure it has plenty of season on it since it is such a large cut of meat. Then, season all over with cumin. Use at least 1 tsp of cumin, but I used a little more than that so that the roast was seasoned evenly with the cumin.
  3. In a large dutch oven (or use a large skillet now if you are using a crockpot), heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, but not smoking, sear the pork on all sides until golden brown (about 4 minutes per side).
  4. When all sides are browned, remove the pork from the dutch oven or skillet and set aside on a plate.
  5. Turn the heat down to low, and toss in the sliced onion, the garlic cloves seasoned with a little salt and pepper and saute for about 2 minutes.
  6. *if you are using a crockpot, place the sauteed onions and garlic in the bottom of the crockpot, and placed the browned pork over. Pour in apple cider vinegar and chicken in around the pork. Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.
  7. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and the chicken broth.
  8. Return the pork to the pot. Cover, place in the oven and cook for 3-4 hours, or until the pork is fork tender (mine only took 3 hours and it was a 4.5 lb. shoulder)
  9. When cooking time is complete and the pork is fork tender, remove the pork from the pot and onto a large cutting board or baking sheet. Using two forks, shred the meat--discarding the bones and any unnecessarily large hunks of fat.
  10. Place shredded meat back into the apple cider sauce, toss around until is soaks the sauce all back up.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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Welcome! I’m Alex.

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    1. I like to make a taco night out of it!! Serve in tortillas topped with chopped onions/cilantro and salsa verde!!
      You can also make taco bowls- rice, pulled pork, greens, guac (think chipotle style)

      This recipe needs a major makeover/refresher- but it’s absolutely delicious!! I’ll work on updating the blog post over the next month and getting new pictures/etc. Thanks for the reminder 😉

  1. Hey Alex! Have you ever made this with Chicken? This recipe has been a staple of mine for a few years now, so obsessed!

    1. I haven’t made it with chicken yet but i bet the flavor will still be wonderful— cook time would definitely be less though!

  2. Thanks for this recipe. Made it today. It’s wonderful. I love Aleppo pepper so used that instead of cumin. This will be my “go to” recipe from now on. Plan to try with whatever spices I’m in the mood for.