Apple Cider Braised Pork Roast Recipe

Apple Cider Braised Pork Roast

Serves 4-6

Pork shoulder calls for slow cooking; in a moist braise, it will become very tender. The richness of the meat is perfect with the apple cider sauce. Serve it with pasta and peas or a baguette and salad for a memorable fall meal. We've written this recipe for the oven or stove top, but you can also use a slow cooker. It can be made ahead and keeps well for 2-3 days.


  • 1 (about 4 lb) pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Metropolitan Market Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Metropolitan Market Apple Cider
  • 3 apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 3 medium onions, thickly sliced


  1. Rub the salt and pepper into the pork roast. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the pork on all sides.
  2. Add apple cider, apple wedges, onions, and bay leaf to pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then cover and simmer gently for 2 to 2-1/2 hours, or until roast is fork tender. (Or you may place in a 325°F oven if you prefer.)
  3. Remove the roast, apples, and onions to a platter. Cover to keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high (or high) and boil liquid, reducing it until thick and rich. (To thicken further, stir in 1 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbsp cold water and simmer for 1 minute.)
  4. Slice the roast, then spoon the sauce over the roast.
  5. Cook's Tips:
  6. Add fresh thyme or rosemary to the roast before cooking if you have it on hand. Apples will become very soft. For a crisper texture, add half at beginning then add remaining apples after 1 hour. For a richer sauce, add apples after the first hour of roasting. Or, stir in 1-2 Tbsp of cream.


Amount Per Serving (based on 4 servings)
Calories: 400
Fat: 17 g
Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
Cholesterol: 105 mg
Sodium: 510 mg
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 19 g
Protein: 34 g
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Ratings and Reviews

“Wonderful dish. easy-peasey! will likely use for our thanksgiving meal. ”
“Another fabulous recipe from met market. i let it cook on simmer for 3 hours in a heavy pot on the stove, and it was fall apart delicious. i used a sweet onion, and next time i’ll try one with a little more bite, but honestly, you can’t improve on the basic recipe. i used washington gold cider from lake chelan, which i prefer because it is not carbonated, and at least too me, it tastes more “appley”. ”
“I like slow cooked pork dishes and was not disappointed. I sliced it when it was done but could have pulled it apart with a fork. The apples disappeared into a luscious sauce which i reduced. Definitely a do-again. ”
“Delicious with the met market apple cider!”

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