Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork {#slowNwholeCookbook}

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Slow cooked pork, fork-tender and saturated with flavor, is one of my favorite dishes of all time. Today I’m sharing this wonderful Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork recipe from Jill Holland, Chef Instructor at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. This recipe is included in the just released slow cooker cookbook “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet”, a labor of love that has been put together by my friends Christine and Jennifer, with brand new recipes contributed from an amazing group of food bloggers. Together, we are sharing our best slow cooker recipes and raising awareness for September’s Hunger Action Month with Feeding America. Won’t you please join us?


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Over 30 food bloggers teamed up to put together a cookbook full of healthy and affordable slow cooker recipes. Here’s a great little video that features some of the recipes and bloggers involved. By purchasing your very own copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours”, you’ll not only be set for some amazing meals, but you’ll also be helping to fight hunger in America, with all book proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank 

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My Slow Cooker Balsamic Orange Roast Beef  is included in this new cookbook. You seriously don’t want to miss this recipe!


To help get the word out about hunger in America and our new cookbook, some generous sponsors have jumped on board. Together, San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms, and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger. They are each contributing food to their local food banks, providing cookbooks for the giveaways at each blogger’s site, PLUS they are giving $5 for every print copy of the book that we sell, up to $600.

And Hamilton Beach is generously offering their Set & Forget Programmable 6-qt. Slow Cooker for the giveaways on bloggers’ sites, too. I have one – it’s a great slow cooker!

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To get this new cookbook into your hands, you can purchase a copy from Amazon. All of the proceeds from the print copy of the book are going to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Just click here to get your copy.


This is a really cool way to get one of these cookbooks. Feeding America food banks from across the country are giving the ebook version as a free gift to their donors. If you make a donation you will be given the ebook as a free gift. Donate now and get your free ebook by clicking here.


You can enter the giveaway here and at all the other participating bloggers’ sites (look for blogger list at end of this post). By entering the giveaway, you could win one of two “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet” cookbooks or a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Programmable 6-qt. Slow Cooker. There will be 3 winners, with each name drawn receiving one of these prizes.

Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork - #pork #slowcooker #slowNwholeCookbookSlow cooker food means comfort food. Warm and delicious meals to satisfy our hunger.

This Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork offers a lovely twist of island inspired flavors that my entire family approves of. I had never before made a rub that incorporated freshly grated ginger, and it’s absolutely wonderful with the cloves and other spices involved.

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With just a bit of a kick, this pulled pork recipe is a definite keeper. I especially like to eat the tender, juicy pork on a buttered and grilled bun, with a slathering of sauce – I quickly mixed up some mustard, BBQ sauce, and honey for this meal. With a side of my mom’s sweet refrigerator dill pickles, this meal is complete perfection.

You will find the recipe for this Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork below. For all the other awesome slow cooker recipes, purchase a copy of the cookbook from Amazon, or make a donation to Feeding America food banks and you’ll receive a free ebook copy. Thank you so much!

Also be sure to enter the giveaway on a farmgirl’s dabbles here, and at all the other participating bloggers’ sites listed below. You can join in on the twitter party, too, on September 18th at 9pm EST. Just follow the hashtag #slowNwholeCookbook for your chance to win cookbooks, a slow cooker, and other prizes!

Here is a list of all the participating bloggers and their contributed recipes – please visit them and enter all their giveaways, too, for a better chance at winning!

Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 T. onion powder
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1-1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1-1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. sweet or hot paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1  3-pound boneless pork butt
  • 1 c. apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • hamburger buns, sliced open
  • your favorite BBQ sauce
  • chopped fresh cilantro, optional


In a small bowl combine onion powder, garlic powder, cloves, ginger, allspice, thyme, dry mustard, salt, paprika, cumin, sugar, black pepper, and cayenne. Use fingers to rub spices together to ensure that ginger is dispersed throughout. Rub spice mixture all over pork. Place pork in the slow cooker, fat side up. Pour apple cider over pork and add bay leaf. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker. Use two forks to shred meat. Skim fat off liquid in slow cooker. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the remaining liquid over the meat and mix to combine.

Serve on a bun as-is (a buttered and grilled bun is awesome!) or slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro if desired.

Recipe comes from Jill Holland, Sous Chef of Catering for Good and Chef Instructor of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Printed with permission.

Thank you so much to Christine and Jennifer for organizing this awesome slow cooker cookbook. You have put a tremendous amount of heart and time and talent into this. Thank you also to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Feeding America, Hamilton Beach, Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce, Grimmway Farms, and San Miguel Produce for all your time and generosity in helping to fight hunger in America.