This fall Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples and Mustard is coated in a savory dry rub and stuffed with apples, then braised all day in the slow cooker with a tangy and sharp mustard and cider sauce.
Hello friends at A Dish or Daily Life! It’s Kristen here again from A Mind “Full” Mom, here to share a wonderful fall slow cooker recipe!
There is absolutely nothing better than coming home after a fall hike and walking into a house that is filled with the aroma of baked apples and savory spices.
Sound like a dream come true? Well, it does not have to be just a dream. With 5 minutes of prep, you too, can have a savory pork roast with a tangy cider gravy waiting for you at home. Now you just need to find a place and time to hike 🙂 But truly, this meal is so comforting after a long day at work, or a Sunday Supper for your extended family, really whenever you want it.
To me, pork and apples are a match made in Heaven. Add in some mustard and WOW! Simple perfection. There is just something about the sweet and tangy combination that lends so well to pork. I guess that is why it is the meat of choice for BBQs–afterall, BBQ sauce is tangy and sweet as well.
So how can you have a bit of sweet and tangy perfection in no time? Let me tell you how.
Start with a pork loin roast, one bottle of hard apple cider (or non-alcoholic apple cider), dijon mustard, one apple, one onion, and a few dry spices.
Next, make a few slits in the pork loin and stuff with apple slices. Rub meat with dry spices and place in slow cooker Lay remaining apple slices and chunks of onion in slow cooker around pork roast. Mix together apple cider and mustard and pour around pork roast. Set it and forget it!
I am telling you, this roast is crazy good. It is hard to believe that a few simple ingredients can make such an amazing meal. The pork is juicy, tender, and filled with flavor. In my opinion, it pairs perfectly with my Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes. Pork and sweet potatoes, are another great match. But if you want an even easier meal, just cube up some sweet potatoes and cook alongside the pork. It won’t be as good as the Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, but still pretty tasty 😉
- 3 pound pork loin roast
- 1 apple (any variety--I used a Gala), sliced
- 1 onion, quartered
- 12 ounces hard apple cider, or regular apple cider
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Cut 6-8 3 inch slits in pork roast. In each slit, place an apple slice. Combine spices and rub all over pork.
- Place pork in slow cooker. Around pork roast, lie the remaining apple slices and onions.
- Mix together the mustard and cider and pour into slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 4-6 hours.
- To serve: remove pork from slow cooker. Strain out onions and apple from broth and shred or slice pork and serve with strained braising liquid.
Slow Cooker meals are truly the best. In fact my all-time viewed recipe is for Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with Mexican Slaw (go ahead, wipe off the drool!!) If you are looking for additional Slow Cooker Ideas, check out my Slow Cooker Page on my blog or my Pinterest Board devoted to crock-pot meals.