Apple BBQ Pulled Pork Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Gluten Free

Let me introduce you to our Apple BBQ Pulled Pork recipe, a true time-saver for busy parents who are constantly seeking that perfect balance between convenience and homemade goodness. As a food blogger, mom, and friend, I’ve personally crafted this freezer meal with your hectic lifestyle in mind. Keeping it simple, and easy, but affordable and Delicious. 

Succulent pulled pork, slow-cooked to tender perfection, infused with the subtle sweetness of apples, and enveloped in the smoky allure of barbecue sauce. It’s a flavor sensation that promises to transform your weeknight dinners and make-ahead meal plans. Whether you’re juggling work, school, extracurricular activities, or simply in search of a delicious dinner solution that won’t consume your precious time, our Apple BBQ Pulled Pork is here to simplify your life and elevate your cooking experience.

This recipe embodies the essence of home-cooked comfort, combined with the convenience of make-ahead preparation. With each savory, melt-in-your-mouth bite, you’ll savor the homemade flavors without the stress typically associated with cooking from scratch.

Join me on this culinary adventure, where we’ll explore how easy it is to savor the wholesome goodness of homemade meals, all thanks to the simplicity of our Apple BBQ Pulled Pork recipe. Say goodbye to mealtime stress and the dreaded evening questions and hello to flavorful, stress-free dining experiences that cater to the busy parent in you.

Why you’ll love this Make Ahead Apple BBQ Pulled Pork

  • Make Ahead Magic
  • Budget-Friendly Recipe
  • Tender and Juicy
  • Family Friendly Flavor
  • Time-Saving Prep
  • Minimal Clean Up
Apple BBQ Pulled Pork
Hannah Stewart
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Adults
Calories 297 kcal
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker/Crock Pot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 4 Aluminum foil balls
Ingredients
  
  • 3 lb Pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 Gala apples chopped
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (if you want to make your own see recipe below) (if you want to make homemade, see recipe below)
Homemade BBQ Sauce (Blend Together):
  • 3 oz Tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Raw honey
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
Instructions
 
Prep/freezer directions:
  • Label Freezer bag with Recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.
Cooking directions
  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add four balls aluminum foil into base of slow cooker.
  • Add freezer bag contents into the slow cooker atop foil balls.
  • Cook on low 9-10 hours.
  • Remove from slow cooker and shred.
  • Serve over rice, in tortillas, in a sandwich or any other way you like!

Notes

Notes:
  • Be sure to only cook pork butt or should on low, that is how the pork gets its amazing flavor and texture!
  • Optional: Add 1 tsp liquid smoke.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 297kcalFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 331mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gCalcium: 21mgIron: 7mg
Keyword BBQ Pulled Pork, Easy Dinner, freezer meals, Pork Recipe, Pulled Pork
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Equipment Needed to make Easy-To-Make Apple BBQ Pulled Pork?

  • 1 Slow Cooker/Crock Pot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 4 Aluminum foil balls

Ingredients for your Apple BBQ Pulled Pork

  • 3 lb pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 gala apples, chopped
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (if you want to make your own see recipe below)

Homemade BBQ Sauce (Blend Together):

  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp mustard

How to Make a Apple BBQ Pulled Pork

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Label Freezer bag with Recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (today’s date plus three months).
  2. Add all ingredients to a labeled gallon freezer bag.
  3. Store in the freezer for up to three months.

Cooking Directions:

  1. Thaw overnight in the fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Add four balls of aluminum foil into the base of the slow cooker.
  3. Add freezer bag contents into the slow cooker atop foil balls.
  4. Cook for 9-10 hours.
  5. Remove from the slow cooker and shred.
  6. Serve over rice, in tortillas, in a sandwich or any other way you like!

What to serve with your Savory and Sweet Apple BBQ Pulled Pork

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt: If you prefer a leaner option, you can substitute the pork shoulder or pork butt with pork loin. While it may not be as fatty, it will still be flavorful when slow-cooked.
  • Gala Apples: Instead of Gala apples, you can use Granny Smith apples for a slightly tart contrast to the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. Fuji apples can also work well, offering a crisp and sweet flavor.
  • BBQ Sauce: For a different flavor profile, you can substitute the BBQ sauce with a homemade honey mustard sauce. Mix together 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Adjust the proportions to suit your taste.

Additions:

  • Sautéed Onions: Sautéed onions can add a savory and aromatic dimension to your pulled pork. Sauté them until caramelized and mix them into the pulled pork before serving.
  • Smoked Paprika: To enhance the smoky flavor, consider adding a dash of smoked paprika to the BBQ sauce or as a seasoning for the pork before slow-cooking. It’ll intensify the smokiness without making it overly spicy.
  • Pickled Jalapeños: For a touch of heat and tanginess, add some pickled jalapeños to your pulled pork. These little peppers can provide a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the apples and BBQ sauce. Adjust the amount based on your heat preference.

These substitutions and additions offer a variety of flavors and textures to customize your Apple BBQ Pulled Pork to your liking while maintaining the convenience of a freezer meal. Enjoy experimenting with these options!

How to Reheat and Store Apple BBQ Pulled Pork after cooking?

Best way to store Delicious Apply BBQ Pulled Pork leftovers?

The best way to store Apple BBQ Pulled Pork leftovers is to ensure they are properly cooled before refrigeration or freezing. Begin by allowing the leftovers to cool down to room temperature. Once cooled sufficiently, transfer the leftover Apple BBQ Pulled Pork into your storage containers or a resealable plastic bag.

Make sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Make sure the container is leak-proof to avoid any potential messes in the refrigerator. Label the container with the date to keep track of its freshness.

If you plan to store for a longer period of time, the freezer is a great option. Frozen Apple BBQ Pulled Pork will stay fresh in the freezer for 2-3 months after cooking.

How long will Apple BBQ Pulled Pork last in the fridge?

When you properly allow your leftovers to cool to room temperature, and you use the proper storage of your leftovers with containers or freezer bags, your Apple BBQ Pulled Pork leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for 4-5 days. As always, make sure to check your leftovers before reheating to make sure they have not spoiled.

Can I freeze mouthwatering Apple BBQ Pulled Pork after cooking?

Absolutely, when you go to freeze your leftovers, you need to follow the same procedures as you would to store in the fridge. Allow the leftovers too cool to room temperature. You may want to consider dividing up the leftovers into single serving portions to make your reheating easier. When you are freezing, make sure to use resealable freezer bags, and make sure to label the freezer bags in order to keep track of freshness. Store in the freezer for 2-3 months.

If you want to turn this into a raw freezer meal, simply label your bag with recipe, freezer directions and expiration date. Then, add all the ingredients into a labeled gallon freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and store in freezer for up to 3 months.

How to reheat the Best Apple BBQ Pulled Pork?

When reheating leftover Apple BBQ Pulled Pork, you have two convenient options: the microwave and the stove top.

Microwave Method: Start by transferring the desired portion of pulled pork into a microwave-safe container. To prevent dryness, consider adding a small amount of water or broth to the container before covering it. This extra moisture helps maintain the juiciness of the pork during reheating. Microwave the pulled pork on medium heat in 30-second increments. Be sure to stir or flip the pork between each interval to ensure even heating. This method is quick and convenient, making it an excellent choice for busy occasions when you need a speedy meal.

Stove Top Method: On the other hand, the stove top method is ideal if you want to maintain the original taste and texture of your Apple BBQ Pulled Pork. Begin by adding a bit of oil or water to a skillet or frying pan and heating it over medium-low heat. Once the liquid is hot, add the leftover pulled pork to the pan. Stir-fry it gently, ensuring it’s evenly heated throughout. To prevent the pork from drying out, you can add a splash of broth or water to the pan and cover it with a lid while periodically stirring. This method allows for better control over the reheating process, preserving the meat’s tenderness and flavors.

Both methods can effectively reheat your leftover Apple BBQ Pulled Pork, so you can choose the one that best fits your convenience and preference.

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Comments

  1. What is the purpose of the aluminum balls?

    • Pork can be an extremely fatty cut of meat, so the aluminum balls lift the meat up a bit to allow some of the drippings to fall below the pork.

  2. Would love to know more recipes like this one sound very delicious

    • Thanks so much. I have a BBQ ribs recipe as well you might like 🙂

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