Slow-Cooker Cider Braised Pork

Slow cook pork with apple cider and honey. Serve it with mashed potatoes for a hearty dinner.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

1
medium onion, sliced
2
tablespoons canola oil
1
boneless pork shoulder (4 lb), trimmed of fat
2
teaspoons coarse (kosher or sea) salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2
cups apple cider
3
tablespoons honey
3
tablespoons cornstarch
1/4
cup water
1
container (32 oz) refrigerated mashed potatoes with skins
Additional freshly ground pepper, if desired

  • 1 Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onion in slow cooker.
  • 2 In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook pork in oil about 10 minutes, turning frequently, until brown on all sides. Place pork over onion in slow cooker. In small bowl, mix cider and honey. Pour around pork.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker to cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Shred pork into chunks, using 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking liquid in slow cooker. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and water; stir into cooking liquid. Increase heat setting to High. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until gravy is thickened.
  • 4 Heat mashed potatoes as directed on package. Serve pork with mashed potatoes and gravy. Sprinkle with additional pepper.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
18%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
),
Sodium
630mg
630%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.