Apple Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich shown with homemade baked beans

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple BBQ Sauce and Fennel Apple Coleslaw

Apple BBQ Pulled Pork - no actual barbeque is used for our family favorite, succulent pulled pork that's slowly braised in apples and spices in the oven to form the incredible sauce.
Course Barbecue, Lunch/Dinner, Party Food
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, barbecue, pulled pork
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 167 kcal


For the dry rub

  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • 1 ½ tbsp kosher salt

For the pulled pork

  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • 4 medium sized firm apples peeled and chunked
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce adjust to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder


  1. Begin by dry rubbing a 5 to 6 pound pork shoulder roast with the dry rub mixture. Rub all over the surface of the roast, cover and let sit in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  2. Heat 4 tbsp oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat and brown the roast on all sides. Transfer the roast to a covered roasting pan.
  3. Add the onions and apples to the pan.
  4. Mix together the brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire Sauce, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar
  5. hot sauce, salt, pepper, apple juice, ginger and five spice powder.
  6. Pour all over the roast, apples and onions in the roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil then the lid of the roasting pan.
  7. Roast in a 300 degree oven for several hours ( approximately 4-5) until the meat is very tender and falling off the bone.
  8. Remove the braising liquid to a saucepan, skim all the excess fat and reduce the liquid until it slightly thickens. At this point you can puree the sauce with an immersion blender or in a food processor to smooth it out and incorporate the cooked onions and apples. Serve over the pulled pork.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple BBQ Sauce and Fennel Apple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1649mg72%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 9.5mg12%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.