Wellness for the Family: Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup

Slow cookers are an easy way to heat things up in your house when temperatures outside cool down.

Registered Dietitian Grace Derocha, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has a harvest-season worthy recipe that mixes pulled pork with apples and onions.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onion


  • 1 (3 pound) boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium apples – sliced
  • 1 large onion – sliced
  • 12 oz hard apple cider or apple cider or beer


  1. In a small bowl, mix together spices: smoked paprika through pepper. Coat the pork shoulder with the dry rub and refrigerate. Spray slow cooker or use slow cooker liner.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare apple and onion slices and place in the bottom of a slow cooker and top with the pork shoulder. Add apple cider and cook on Low for eight hours or high for four hours.
  3. When cooking time is complete, remove pork from the slow cooker and let rest. When pork is cool enough to handle, begin shredded the meat and dispose of any excess fat.
  4. Place shredded, lean pork meat back in to the slow cooker and mix with the apples, onions and cooking juices. Serve on a bun or alone. Enjoy!

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.

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