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Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

My mom is a really great cook, so I’m always excited to share one of her recipes. This Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork is based on her amazing pulled pork recipe, I just added apples and bacon, because YUM, right? The new additions combine perfectly with the onion in the barbecue sauce for a tasty extra twist on a classic. This sauce is awesome, y’all, it’s super flavorful and doesn’t taste like anything you can get from a bottle. It’s better. Plus, the smell when it’s cooking is downright heavenly. Trust me, you’re going to love this one.

Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

I love slow cooker meat recipes like this because they’re so easy (yay for minimal prep time and hands-off cooking) and also super versatile. This Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork makes an awesome sandwich, but it’s also great on its own, on a baked potato or sweet potato, in a wrap or quesadilla, on a pizza or flatbread, the possibilities are endless (and delicious)! To watch me make the recipe, check out the video below!

Looking for more tasty lightened up slow cooker recipes? Check out my Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup, Slow Cooker Mustard Rubbed Pulled Pork, Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara, Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken, Slow Cooker Applesauce, Slow Cooker White Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli, Slow Cooker Beef Braciole, Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan, Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef, Slow Cooker Taco Chili and many more in the Slow Cooker category of my recipe index!

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Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

Yield: 10 (1/2 cup) servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices center cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 lbs uncooked lean, trimmed pork tenderloin (I cut mine into 3-4 pieces to fit it into my slow cooker better)

Directions:

  1. In a medium skillet, place the chopped bacon and bring to medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until bacon is crisp and use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon pieces to a paper towel.
  2. Place the chopped apple, onion, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, salt and bacon pieces into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Add the pork and stir to cover in sauce. Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks (it should basically fall apart). Use the back of a spoon to mush the cooked apples into the sauce. Return the pork to the slow cooker and stir to coat in the sauce. Cover and continue to cook on high for another 30-60 minutes. Serve warm.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints:
5 per (1/2 cup) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per (1/2 cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
195 calories, 22 g carbs, 17 g sugars, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 20 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from my mom 🙂

   
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40 Responses to “Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork”

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    Charlotte Moore — February 25, 2016 @ 8:38 am

    This looks very tasty. We love bbq.

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 25th, 2016 @ 10:39 am

      🙂

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    Sheri Rasnake — February 25, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    Would it be ok to omit the bacon?

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 25th, 2016 @ 10:39 am

      Sure!

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    Sheri Rasnake — February 25, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    I’m trying the three cheese mushroom flatbread tonight!

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 25th, 2016 @ 10:39 am

      I hope you love it!

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    Alicia — February 25, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    Have a favorite apple for this? I’m going to make it tonight! 🙂

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    Ashton — February 25, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

    This was delicious! The apples and the bacon were such a nice addition! Our family has loved all of your recipes. I also made the apple strudel French toast muffins today! Wow! They taste so decadent. The Ruben cupcakes, spinach artichoke lasagna roll ups and pear gingerbread oatmeal muffins were all 10’s! Easy to make, delicious and so simple to track for WW! Thanks a million.

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    Trish — February 26, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

    Will the tenderloin shred as shown in the picture? Last time I tried a tenderloin in the crock part it wouldn’t shred 🙁

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 26th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      Yup, it’s incredibly easy to shred, it basically falls apart

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    vic — February 26, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

    Could you substitute bbq sauce for ketchup? Ketchup is not liked by some around here, lol. Or would it be to much?

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 26th, 2016 @ 8:37 pm

      The ketchup is what makes the BBQ sauce for this recipe, it doesn’t taste anything like ketchup at the end.

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    John — February 27, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    How do you find this recipe within the weightwatchers app in order to “track it”

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    Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy — February 28, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

    YUM…this looks amazing!

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    Courtney — February 29, 2016 @ 1:42 am

    If you substituted chicken for pork what kind of chicken would you use (thigh, breast, etc) and would the points stay the same?

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    Sarah — February 29, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

    OMG I made this last night! Sooo good! My boyfriend was crazy for it. I served with cole slaw, slider rolls, and I cooked the extra bacon and put it on top of my boyfriend’s sandwich!

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    Jessica — March 7, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    Hi Emily! I am a brand new WW member and just found your website last week. I made this recipe last night and it was WONDERFUL! My husband gave it two thumbs up too! Thank you – I look forward to trying some of the other recipes on your site.

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    Amy — March 13, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

    Making this for the second time in just a few weeks. So good! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

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    Renee — March 17, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

    Just joined today and this is a great weekend dish especially cuz it’s getting cold again!

    My question is the same as Courtney’s – see below and Thanks!!

    COURTNEY — FEBRUARY 29, 2016 @ 1:42 AM
    If you substituted chicken for pork what kind of chicken would you use (thigh, breast, etc) and would the points stay the same?

    • Emily Bites replied: — March 17th, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

      I’d probably use boneless skinless chicken breasts, it should definitely work great with chicken! As for the SPs, subbing the same amount of uncooked chicken breast should keep the points the same 🙂

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    Christie — April 11, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    This is such a delicious recipe. The apples and the bacon really add such a delicious flavor. Last time I used a red delicious apple, I’m considering throwing in another apple just for added sweetness. Is there a particular apple you think tastes best with this recipe?

    • Emily Bites replied: — April 12th, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

      I usually use Empire or Honeycrisp apples just because those are mine and my husband’s favorite varieties so we usually have them on hand. 🙂

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    Jennifer walker — April 23, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

    This was amazing!

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    Jenny — May 1, 2016 @ 12:31 am

    This was incredible!!! I did change it up a bit, but the flavors remained true to the recipe. I used a trimmed pork shoulder because that was what was on sale. I followed the rest of the ingredients as written, but after taking the pork out, I used an immersion hand blender to create a smooth BBQ sauce. My kids are weird about “chunky” sauces, so this was perfect. All 3 girls gobbled it up (not normal), and my husband said it could win awards! Very easy to make, and quite delicious!

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    Brittany — June 13, 2016 @ 9:35 am

    Made the recipe this weekend and it was delicious!
    Thank you for making this weight watchers friendly too! 🙂

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    Mary B — June 15, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    Could this be made in the oven instead of the crockpot? What temp, and how long?

    • Emily Bites replied: — June 15th, 2016 @ 5:17 pm

      Hi Mary, I’ve only ever made this in the slow cooker, so I really can’t instruct on oven times and temps. Hope it works out for you!

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    Sarah — September 5, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    I made this before in the slow cooker & it was amazing. I made this in my instant pot on high for 60 mins & natural pressure release. It was amazing! There was too much sauce (not true of the slow cooker version) so I think I will double the pork next time since I can freeze it. I cooked the bacon right in the Instant pot. Amazing!

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    Juliette — October 2, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    We have a favorite local BBQ sauce my hubby wants to use, if we were to omit the homemade sauce to replace it with our pre-made kind would we swap that for the ketchup, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar? Or are any of those necessary components outside of making bbq sauce?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 2nd, 2016 @ 8:15 pm

      You can eliminate all of that if you’re using bottled BBQ sauce 🙂

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    Diane — October 30, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

    When you put the nutritional values listed into the weight watchers calculator it comes to 6. Smart points not 5. So I’m not sure which to count it as

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 30th, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

      Hi Diane, I think this question from my FAQs can help you!

      I ran the nutrition information you posted through my points calculator and it doesn’t match the SmartPoints value you listed for the recipe – which one is right?
      One of the changes Weight Watchers made in the switch to SmartPoints is that the recipe builder no longer counts the values of 0 SP fruits and vegetables when determining the final SP value for a recipe. Therefore, the SPs you get from the recipe builder may not match the SPs you get from running the nutrition information through the Weight Watchers SP calculator, because the nutrition information will contain the calories, etc from the fruits and vegetables.

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    Nancy — December 15, 2016 @ 3:37 pm

    This was absolutely fantastic. I prepped it all the night before (sauce), cut up the pork into 4 pieces each loin and put in the crock pot before I left for work. It has to be one of the best (If not THE best) BBQ pork recipes I have every made. I did use almost 2.5 lbs of pork loin as that is the basic size that my local store had on special. There was still plenty of sauce.

    Thank you for such a great recipe!

    • Emily Bites replied: — December 16th, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

      Thanks Nancy, I’m so happy that you loved it so much! 🙂

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    Nancy — January 2, 2017 @ 11:41 am

    This was a TOP recipe pick for 2016. The sauce is absolutely amazing. I may try it with chicken in the future because the sauce is that good. Just adjust your cook time. Add this to your Must Try list next time pork loin is on special. We often have a BOGO (which means you can get one at 1/2 off and do not have to get 2) See my review above.

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    Kim P. — January 10, 2017 @ 7:28 am

    Made this yesterday and man is this good! It totally hit the spot on a cold New England night. Thanks Emily!

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 30th, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

      🙂

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    GOURMETWANTABE — March 6, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

    WOW, this is the best pulled pork I’ve ever made. Wonderful sauce sweet & tart it’s a great combination. My husband had it over bread and I had it over rice. Delish!

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    Valerie — March 16, 2017 @ 7:43 pm

    Made this today and it’s delicious! However, when I put it in the recipe builder, I get 8 sp. Curious why such a difference.

    • Valerie replied: — March 16th, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

      Never mind! I entered the wrong serving size.

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