Apple Maple Pork Roast

Apple Maple Pork Roast

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

300 minutes

Serves

4 people

Apple Maple Pork Roast is a wonderful winter dish that will warm you from the inside out.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 –3 1/2 lb pork shoulder, brisket, or Boston butt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, and quartered*
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 8 oz sliced shiitake mushrooms or 8 oz crimini mushrooms
  • 1 cup apple juice or 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Maple Syrup Coating
  • 1 cup maple syrup or 1 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or tapioca starch or tapioca
  • 1/2 cup brewed green tea (optional)

Preparation

  • 1 In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and pepper.
  • 2 Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  • 3 Season pork with sea salt on all sides.
  • 4 Sear pork until
  • 5 well browned on all sides (about 4 minutes per side).
  • 6 When pork is browned, remove to plate.
  • 7 Coat on all sides with maple syrup mixture.
  • 8 Put apples, carrots and mushrooms in a large slow cooker.
  • 9 Place pork with syrup coating in slow cooker and add any remaining maple syrup mixture.
  • 10 Add apple juice, apple cider vinegar rosemary, and green tea, if using.
  • 11 Cook on low until pork is fork tender—easily pierced with a fork (4–5 hours).
  • 12 When pork is done, remove pork, apples, rosemary and vegetables, and set aside.
  • 13 Strain liquid into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  • 14 Mix cornstarch with a little liquid from the crockpot to make a paste.
  • 15 Slowly add cornstarch to simmering sauce until desire thickness.
  • 16 Serve pork with the apples, carrots, and mushrooms with a drizzle of sauce.
  • 17 *Apples- Depending for your crockpot/slow cooker. For example, I use 3 small apple for a small crockpot, 5-6 small apples for a large crockpot.

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