BBQ apple pulled pork

A delicious and more-ish take on BBQ pulled pork using apples for natural sweetness

I was given a lovely gift last week- a huge bag of windfall apples! My youngest daughter is not a fruit eater, but she loves stewed apple, and the whole family (apart from me!) love spiced apple cake, so we already have lots of uses for them, but I also remembered that last year I had a go at making a bbq pulled pork that incorporated apple into the sauce to make a really delicious pork dish- the girls both loved it, and it was a fantastic dish that provides meals for days afterwards!

I have oven baked this, as I didn’t start it until lunchtime and I wanted it in time for the kids’ tea, but it would also be awesome in the slow cooker!

My Recipe

Serves: 6
Syns: less than 1 per portion (pureed apple)
Healthy Extra:

Ingredients

  • 800g (approx) pork loin joint, any fat removed
  • 2 large cooking apples (approx 200g apple once peeled and cored), chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp garlic powder/granules
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160c
  2. Mix together the cider vinegar, tomato puree, garlic granules, onion powder, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, cinnamon, paprika, ground ginger, and mix into a paste.
  3. Stir the paste into the chicken stock
  4. Remove all of the fat from the pork loin joint, and place into a large casserole dish. Add the chopped apple into the dish, and pour over the sauce.
  5. Pop the lid on, and put into the oven for 1.5 hours. Bring it out just to stir, break down the apple with a wooden spoon and cover the pork with the sauce.
  6. Pop back into the oven for another 1.5 hours. Once finished cooking, pull the pork apart with 2 forks, stirring thoroughly into the sauce.

Additional Info

This would be lovely with some extra added spice- I plan to try habanero tabasco in it!

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