Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 shallots, sliced

  • 1 rib celery, chopped

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 ½ cups apple cider

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (Italian parsley, sage, or thyme)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
26g Fat
14g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 403mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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