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Slow Cooker Apple Barbecue Pulled Turkey

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Whether it’s summertime and you’re trying to avoid heating up the house — or it’s winter and you could use a warm meal of comforting food — this pulled turkey recipe fits the bill. And, even better, this traditional-feeling turkey is done so simply in the slow cooker.

Of course, a big part of turkey is the leftovers and this recipe delivers. Once you shred the meat, it works well in tacos and salads. This pulled turkey recipe is tasty, simple, and a perfect way to up your culinary skills with ease.

Slow Cooker Apple Barbecue Pulled Turkey

A big part of turkey is the leftovers and this recipe delivers. Once you shred the meat, it works well in tacos and salads.

Category Dinner, Paleo, Slow Cooker
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author V "Paleo Boss Lady" Capaldi


  • 1 organic turkey leg/breast combination
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon date paste
  • 5 small apples cored
  • 1 large red onion quartered
  • 2 small shallots
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Put turkey meat on a dish.
  2. Add tomato paste and date paste to saucepan, mixing well and heating slowly to create barbecue sauce.
  3. Once combined, use a spoon or brush to coat the top of your turkey with the sauce. Save the remaining sauce.
  4. Place apples, shallots, and onions in slow cooker.
  5. Add meat on top and apply salt and pepper.
  6. Add vinegar.
  7. Break cinnamon stick and place on barbecue covered turkey.
  8. Set for 10 hours on low. Do not add water.
  9. When done, mash apple, shallot, and onion with hand masher after removing liquid.
  10. Using a fork, shred the turkey and mix with the mash. Add additional barbecue sauce if desired.

PaleoBOSS Lady (PBL) has a Master of Art in Psychology with a focus on community. She considers herself a miracle since self-healing from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012. Through conscious living PBL has overcome the odds and kicks MS to the curb everyday. PBL is 100% Italian, from Philadelphia, and born under the sign of Taurus - earning her the title of BOSS.

PaleoBOSS Lady proudly sits on the Board of Directors of The Wahls Foundation supporting the efforts of Dr. Terry Wahls who has had successful clinical trials healing autoimmune disorders using food based Paleo principles. In addition PBL co-wrote the training program for The Wahls Coaching Program with Dr. Terry Wahls and is a member of The Wahls Team creating worldwide change in healthcare.