I like to look up recipes online and take what I like from several to create one meal. To be honest, this doesn’t work out too often which is way I don’t blog about food all the time. This one was successful though and I’m calling it Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast. I should probably take the time to look up if there is a difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot. I use them interchangeably because instinct tells me it is a regional thing.
I had this scheduled to make on Friday morning. I got all my ingredients ready and was ready to attempt cooking right after waking up. When I went to pull the roast out of the fridge, it wasn’t there.
Lesson 1: Make sure you remember to defrost your meat.
So I experience déjà vu on Saturday morning as I pull down the crockpot and gather everything required again.
- 2 1/2 pound sirloin pork roast
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 3 organic apples
- 1 onion
- cinnamon / allspice to taste
The most terrifying thing about making this meal is this part:
I am almost 45 and I cannot remember ever cutting an onion before. I’ve used their layers in poetic metaphors, but never in my meals. I am proud to say that I am no longer an onion virgin. My husband used to work in a restaurant and I remembered a trick he mentioned.
Lesson 2: If you don’t want to cry when you cut an onion, then do it under water.
You can tell in the photo above that my first attempt didn’t work out too well, the slice fell into a dirty dish. After feeling like an idiot, I grabbed the plate and TA DA. I cut off a nice thick slice and layered it on the bottom of the pot for the roast to lay on.
Lesson 3: Use more onion next time.
The pork is now laying on the sad lonely onion slice and it is time to pour on the apple juice and beef broth. Why did I choose beef broth, you ask? I want to tell you that in my great cooking experience, I have found that the beef will do a better job of balancing the sweetness of the rest of ingredients. That would be lying though. I used it because I didn’t have chicken broth. Once that is done, open the jar of minced garlic and cover the roast top as thick as I can. Oh, right before I spread on the garlic, I used a fork to poke holes in the meat.
Lesson 4: Pour in liquid ingredients before trying to attach things to the meat like garlic.
My favorite part is next: Cover the pork in honey. Before you put it away, fill up a teaspoon and have some for yourself. It is yummy and very good for you.
The last bit is to cut the three apples into wedges and secure them to the top of the roast with the honey. Just put any that don’t fit into the surrounding juice. I sprinkled a good helping of cinnamon on the apples and then on impulse, included a small dash of Allspice. I have no idea why or if it did anything to the meal. If I were you, I would stick to just the cinnamon.
Cook on low heat for at least 8 hours. The whole apartment smells like Autumn on August 3rd. I loved it.
Ding! Ding! It’s done!
Isn’t is even more beautiful on the plate?
I have one last lesson to share.
Lesson 5: Serve sweet meat with salty sides.
As you can see, I added rice and broccoli for side dishes. That meant that after we were done eating, we were dying for something salty. I highly recommend switching out the rice for mashed potatoes.
As a family of five, we have enough left over for my husband’s lunch the next day. That’s probably because while my husband, daughter and I really loved it – my two boys did not. They said it was too sweet.
Let me know if you give it a try and what you thought!
Also, I am trying a new plug in called Get Me Cooking that should allow you to print just the basic recipe without all of my chit-chat above. I hope it works out!
Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||8 hours|
|Total time||8 hours, 15 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Hot|
- 2.5lb Pork Sirloin Roast
- 2 cups Apple Juice (I'm sure cider would be fine too.)
- .5 cup Beef Broth (I did use organic)
- 2 heaped tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 3 Medium Organic Apples (Use your favorite kind)
- 1 Large Onion
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon (Maybe more)
|Slice onion to desired amount and place on bottom of crock pot|
|I do rinse my roasts and pat them dry. Then place on top of onions.|
|Poke holes in roast with fork. Then pour on apple juice and beef broth.|
|Cover the top of roast with minced garlic.|
|Cover again with the honey.|
|Cut apples into wedges and place on top of roast with any leftovers directly into the juices.|
|Sprinkle cinnamon to your liking|
|Cook for at least 8 hours on low.|
xoxo ~ Melissa