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Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork

Ingredients: Gather your essentials: a pork shoulder, apple cider, onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. These simple ingredients come together to create a mouthwatering, aromatic dish. The apple cider adds a unique sweetness, while the herbs provide a fragrant, savory balance.

Preparation: Begin by seasoning the pork shoulder generously with salt and pepper. Sear the meat in a hot skillet to lock in the juices and create a rich, brown crust. This step enhances the flavor, making the final dish even more delectable. It’s a quick effort that pays off in tenderness and taste.

Slow Cooker Setup: Place the seared pork in your slow cooker. Add sliced onions and minced garlic around the meat. Pour in apple cider until it covers about half of the pork. Sprinkle rosemary and thyme over the top. This setup allows the flavors to meld beautifully over hours of slow cooking.

Cooking Time: Set your slow cooker to low and let it work its magic for 6-8 hours. The low and slow method ensures the pork becomes incredibly tender, absorbing all the wonderful flavors of the cider and herbs. You'll know it’s done when the meat shreds easily with a fork.

Serving Suggestions: Serve your Apple Cider Braised Pork with mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. The sweet and savory pork pairs wonderfully with these sides, creating a hearty and satisfying dish. Add a splash of the cooking liquid to enhance the flavors on the plate.

Leftovers: This dish is perfect for leftovers. Store the pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently in a pan with a bit of the cooking liquid to keep the meat moist. Leftover pork also makes fantastic sandwiches or can be added to salads.

Tips and Variations: Experiment with different herbs or add a splash of apple cider vinegar for extra tang. If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the pork and reduce the cooking liquid on the stove until it thickens. Feel free to add root vegetables like carrots or potatoes directly into the slow cooker for a one-pot meal.

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