Have some spare hard cider or leftover apple cider? Use it with pork.

Applewood smoked flavor is very popular when cooking pork, apple cider should be too! I’ll be honest, I’m generally not a fan of pork roasts. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE pulled pork and how tender and juicy the slow cooker makes it, but the traditional roast and carrots/potatoes, aren’t for me. This is THE BEST PORK ROAST I’ve ever made or eaten for that matter.

To top it all off, this is minimal prep. I prepped this in less than 10 minutes, with a one-year-old hooked to my leg. If I can make this, you can too.

Not your Grandmother’s pot roast.

I’m not sure if it is the combination of using our Forest Raised Pork Shoulder (super rich in flavors because of all the foraging our hogs do) or if it’s the fact that the apple cider gives the pork a great robust flavor, it’s probably both. Most traditional pork roasts, in my house, are cooked with potatoes, onions, and carrots. This medley is kind of bland and boring.  Mixing up traditional meals with a few different ingredients is my new goal. You can never go wrong when adding alcohol to a dish.

Not a chef.

No, I’m not a chef. I don’t have any formal training. Youtube and Pinterest have taught me everything I know. Home Economics was not an option when I was in school. This is why I make many of our meals in the slow cooker; easy cleanup, simple prep, and I can do other things while it cooks. If I forget about what I’m cooking in the crockpot for an hour or two it is probably not going to burn, just make it more juicy and tender.

Want an easy side?

Try baking or microwaving some red potatoes. Be sure to poke them with a fork several times, prior to baking or microwaving.  Use the liquid leftovers from the roast and make a gravy or simply pour a little of the juices and onions on top of your meat and potatoes, like I did.

Forest Raised Pork Roast

1 Forest Raised boneless pork shoulder (3 pounds)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 onion (roughly chopped)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 12 oz. hard apple cider
  1. Rinse the pork,  then pat dry with paper towels and rub with salt and pepper. 

  2. Place pork in slow cooker, scatter the onion and garlic over the pork, pour over hard apple cider.
  3. Cook until the meat easily pulls apart with a fork, about 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
I prefer the low method, low and slow is always better with pastured meat. Plus, I can start this in the morning and it is ready for dinner.