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Cider-Braised Pork

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  • 15 min prep time
  • 5 hr 30 min total time
  • 6 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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For a tasty fall or winter dinner, braise pork the easy way -- in your slow cooker. Apple cider is the perfect complement to pork shoulder.

Aaron Hutcherson Aaron Hutcherson
September 7, 2016

Ingredients

Vegetable oil
4
lb pork butt or shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
Salt and pepper
1 1/2
cups apple cider
1
large white onion, sliced
1/4
cup apple cider vinegar

Steps

  • 1 Place 10-inch skillet over high heat; add enough vegetable oil to coat bottom of skillet.
  • 2 Season 4 lb pork butt or shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks, with salt and pepper all over. In batches, sear pork in oil until browned, about 1 minute on each side. After searing all of the pork, deglaze skillet with 1 1/2 cups apple cider, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet.
  • 3 Add 1 large white onion, sliced, to slow cooker; top with seared pork, and pour in apple cider. Cover and cook over High heat setting about 5 hours or until pork can be shredded with fork. Shred pork; add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and season with more salt and pepper as needed.
  • 1 Place 10-inch skillet over high heat; add enough vegetable oil to coat bottom of skillet.
  • 2 Season 4 lb pork butt or shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks, with salt and pepper all over. In batches, sear pork in oil until browned, about 1 minute on each side. After searing all of the pork, deglaze skillet with 1 1/2 cups apple cider, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet.
  • 3 Add 1 large white onion, sliced, to slow cooker; top with seared pork, and pour in apple cider. Cover and cook over High heat setting about 5 hours or until pork can be shredded with fork. Shred pork; add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and season with more salt and pepper as needed.

Expert Tips

The shredded pork makes a great addition to grilled cheese sandwiches, or you can serve it with mashed potatoes and a salad.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
475.1
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31.6g
49%
Saturated Fat
10.1g
50%
Cholesterol
140.6mg
47%
Sodium
430.1mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
5.7g
2%
Dietary Fiber
1.1g
4%
Sugars
3.6g
Protein
39.8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
4.40%
4%
Calcium
4.40%
4%
Iron
14.70%
15%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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