This pork shoulder recipe combines pork shoulder with apple cider in a slow cooker, where it is cooked for several hours until tender. Reduce the cooking liquid to create a thick and flavorful sauce you can pour over the sliced pork.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Season pork with salt and black pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Sear pork on all sides in the hot oil until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer pork to the slow cooker.

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  • Reduce stovetop temperature to medium; cook and stir shallots and celery in the skillet until they begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in apple cider vinegar and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until liquid is nearly evaporated, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Pour shallot mixture over pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Add apple cider, garlic cloves, and bay leaf. Cover, set slow cooker to Low, and cook until fork-tender but not falling apart, about 6 hours. Turn pork over every 1 to 2 hours. Remove pork roast to a plate and cover loosely with foil.

  • Pour remaining liquid from the slow cooker through a fine mesh strainer into a large saucepan; place over high heat. Discard bay leaf and other solids. Bring sauce mixture to a boil, decrease heat and cook, skimming fat from the top, until reduced to 1/4 of the original volume, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove sauce from heat and stir in Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper. Slowly whisk in cold butter until incorporated. Sprinkle in fresh herbs and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  • Cut pork into 1/4-thick slices and serve with sauce poured over the top.

Nutrition Facts

388.5 calories; protein 23.6g 47% DV; carbohydrates 13.5g 4% DV; fat 25.9g 40% DV; cholesterol 97.1mg 32% DV; sodium 126.9mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2013
Yet Another "Chef John" Favorite! We tried this recipe for our Sunday Dinner last night and it was a Huge Hit! The meat was fall apart tender and absolutely Delicious! We followed the recipe exactly as stated. On a side note, this could also work for an easy weeknight meal, using some super thick chops and less cider. This recipe has earned a spot in the regular rotation. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/08/2013
Disappointed in this recipe. No alterations ..... aroma and outcome were incongruent. Bland. Read More
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202 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2013
Yet Another "Chef John" Favorite! We tried this recipe for our Sunday Dinner last night and it was a Huge Hit! The meat was fall apart tender and absolutely Delicious! We followed the recipe exactly as stated. On a side note, this could also work for an easy weeknight meal, using some super thick chops and less cider. This recipe has earned a spot in the regular rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2013
I made this dish with roasted potatoes last night and it was soo delicious! We could not stop eating it! I followed the recipe to the letter and would not change a thing. I will make this again and again. Perfection! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2012
The blend of flavors was excellent with just a hint of sweet! It's easy to prepare smell awesone good while cooking..simple comfort food. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2013
Very flavorful and tender. Perfect ingredients for pork! I used a bone-in shoulder about 4 pounds along with high quality organic apple juice. My roast was done in about 6 hours on low. For the sauce I added an extra tbsp of Dijon and decided to thicken a bit more with 3 tbsp water / 3 tbsp cornstarch. Served with red cabbage and roasted garlic cauliflower. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2013
I was so glad to see one of the Reviewers commented that this could also be made with Thick Cut Pork Chops because I had 4 of them that I used for this Recipe! They totaled 3 pounds of Pork Chops so I figured I'd make the recipe otherwise exactly as written (oops I just now realized I forgot to add the herbs and cayenne) and it was GREAT! See my Pic... I served with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Kale with Pine Nuts. It was a beautiful presentation and everyone LOVED it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2014
This is an excellent recipe and the pan sauce is so delicious you can drink it! I followed the recipe directions exactly with the exception of using a boneless pork loin roast (4 lbs). I cut the cooking time down to 4-1/2 hours. I also added some Worcestershire sauce to the meat when I put it in the crock pot. I used apple juice. I think a lot of reviewers were expecting the pan sauce to turn out like a thick gravy but it is really more of a light sauce that you drizzle over the meat. It takes awhile to reduce I'd say 20-30 minutes but it's worth it. No thickeners needed. I love the subtle sweetness and the mustard flavor is fabulous with the pork. I served it with buttermilk garlic mashed potatoes green bean casserole and cresent rolls. Everyone's plates were clean! I can't wait to make this again! 10 stars Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2013
We overdid the pork a bit as we didn't buy the full 4 lbs -- it was fully our fault for not adjusting the cook time. But EVEN with that we were gobsmacked at how delicious this was. My husband and I were licking our plates. This won't simply be tossed into the recipe rotation; it's getting a place of honor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2013
I have not tries this recipe but I gave it a 5 star anyways. I made a recipe something like this so I know it's good. I take thick cut boneless pork chops and put them in crock pot. I season with salt pepper onion powder and garlic powder. (A staple on all my meats) I cover that with sliced onions and minced garlic. Then pour apple juice or cider over it. When done after about 6 hours on low. I drain liquid and make thickening of flour and cold juice or cider in a jar to make gravy. I season more with salt pepper onion powder and garlic powder. I have to make a lot of mashed potatoes cause my family can't get enough of this gravy. It's delicious and a family favorite at my house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2013
Very good and could not be easier! I'm not a fan of pork shoulder so I used a center cut pork roast instead and just reduced the cooking time to make sure it wasn't too dry. Very good! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/08/2013
Disappointed in this recipe. No alterations ..... aroma and outcome were incongruent. Bland. Read More
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