Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Apple Pork Roast Perfect Fall Dinner
Ready or not, it’s here ya’ll!! Yep, I’m talking about Fall. Changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and all the awesome holidays, right around the corner! But, it also means busy back to school nights packed with homework, sports, hungry kids and … whew am I tired! As I sit writing this, it’s still about 95* here in Las Vegas. But I’m not going to let that stop me from getting in on all the fun Fall flavors out now! This Apple Pork Roast is something I enjoyed my grandma making when I was a kid. I’ve played around a bit to make it super easy for the crock pot and threw in a kick of spice. My family loves it! And, it’s quick for me to whip up and let it go with the slow cooker. The warm apples and spices makes the house smell Uh.Maze.Ing! You can make this with pork chops, a roast even a pork loin. Any kind of apples you like will do as well! I bet you already have everything you need right now!
Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Apple Pork Roast
- 2 lbs. Pork Roast
- 1 Yellow Onion (sliced thin)
- 1 Apple (1in slices, I used Granny Smith)
- 1 Cup Applesauce (I used unsweetened)
- 2 TBS Honey
- 1 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 TBS Cinnamon
- ½ TSP Ground Ginger
- ½ TSP Sage
- ½ TSP Crushed Red Pepper
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
- Let's start with cutting slits in your pork roast. About ¾ of the way through. I made 10. Stick your sliced apples right down in those slits. Set the rest of the apples aside. Rub salt and pepper into roast and place in your slow cooker.
- In a medium saucepan combine applesauce, vinegar, honey, and the rest of your dry spices. Mix well over medium heat. Don't let this boil! Simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour the whole she-bang right over the top of your pork roast in slow cooker. Add the rest of your apples and all of the onions.
- Now set it on low and let that baby cook for 3-4 hours. The smell will make your mouth water and you'll be tempted to keep checking it! Resist the urge! We want the steam to keep it moist, right? Check about ½ way through to make sure you don't need to add a few drops of water, depending on your cooker. I didn't have to but, ya know how that goes sometimes.
- Remove from cooker, plate it up and listen to the Oohh's and Ahhh's from the fam! Gives a whole new meaning to the old Pork Chops and Applesauce, huh?
I served this super yummy Apple Pork Roast with some homemade mashed potatoes and peas. Have to work in those veggies too! We didn’t have a single bit of apple pork roast left-over. Which was kind of a bummer! I was looking forward to making a sandwich for lunch with them! Now I know, next time, I’m making it just a wee bit bigger!
What’s your favorite Fall recipes?
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