Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples makes for a wonderfully comforting Fall meal! This recipe can be made with pork loin or pork butt with apples and onions is no fuss and so delicious, too. If you're looking for a quick recipe, try this Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Dinner instead.
When it comes to a hearty comfort meal that's super easy, it doesn't get much better than our recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples! In the Fall, all I want to do is eat foods that are rich in flavor and hearty... It's just good for my soul.
While pork tenderloin is often my favorite cut (like our Best Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe), pork butt is incredibly easy to work with and tastes amazing.
A few years ago I started making this Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples recipe and it has become a family favorite. It is a delicious combination. There's something about the sweetness of the apple with the pork that is out of this world!
- pork butt or boneless pork loin
- sweet onion or yellow onion
- Fuji and Granny Smith apples
- optional, add red potatoes or sweet potatoes and herbs to the crock pot also.
From the Pantry: beef or vegetable stock, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper
This is meant to be a brief overview of the apples and pork recipe. For step-by-step instructions and a full printable recipe card with ingredients, please scroll down to the teal box below or Jump to Recipe.
- Cut the apples and onions into slices.
- Season pork with salt and black pepper.
- Cut deep slits into the pork loin and push some of the apple slices into the pork.
- Place about half of the onions and apples in a layer on the them on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add the pork on top of the onion and apple slices and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Add the rest of the apples and onions on top of the pork.
- Pour the vegetable broth over everything.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Transfer pork to a cutting board to slice, and then to a serving platter.
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We went apple picking a while ago and still have lots and lots of apples hanging around our house. I have been throwing them into all kinds of dishes. The best apples for this are ones that won't turn mealy or mushy in the slow cooker. I used crisp Fuji and Granny Smith because the combination is a little sweet and a little tart.
Here are some other varieties of apples that would work well in this recipe:
- Pink Lady
Well, when I put my pork butt into my slow cooker to cook I decided to cut up some apples and throw them in as well. Then I thought, why not grab some onions, too? Then I decided maybe I should pour some broth in there as well. Just to be sure that everything comes out nice and juicy. And it did!
- Use crisp apples for the best texture (see our list of suggestions above).
- Don't overcook the recipe or the apples will all turn to must. 6 hours on low is plenty long enough.
- The USDA recomends pork roasts should be cooked to 145-degrees F. Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
We recommend that you make this Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Apples recipe once just as it is since we’ve tested it and sometimes variations can go awry. Making this slow cooker meal as we have tested it will yield the best results. Here are some ideas for variations if you chose to be creative (we've not yet tested these):
- Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, which pairs nicely with both pork and apples.
- Try this recipe using turkey tenderloin instead of pork and add a little poultry seasoning.
- Include a pinch of cinnamon to really add more of the warm Fall spice flavor.
- Add in some Baby Red or Yukon Gold potatoes for an all-in-one meal.
- For a little extra sweetness, you can add ½ cup of brown sugar.
- Substitute apple cider or apple juice for the vegetable stock.
- If you like, you can add potatoes the crockpot as well. I used them to make a quick version of my Mashed Potatoes.
Pork Roast and Apples in the Oven
You can make this dish in the oven, too. Here's how:
- Use a Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker.
- Layer the apples and onions on the bottom of the dish and top with the pork butt.
- Bake at 400-degrees F for 55-65 minutes until the pork is golden brown and the apples are tender.
🍴 Serving Suggestions
This dish can be served with rice or potatoes on the side if you like.
You can add yummy side dishes like Oven Roasted Acorn Squash or Cinnamon Butternut Squash. Both of those will complement the sweet apples and juicy pork. These Garlic Green Beans would also be a great side.
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📋 Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Apples
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Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples
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- 4-5 pounds pork butt
- 5 Fuji and Granny Smith apples cored and sliced
- 2 sweet onions diced
- 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Layer the apples and onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Top with the pork butt and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Serve over rice or potatoes and ENJOY!
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I made this tonight for my family and it was delicious!
I added carrots and potatoes so there were hardly any dishes either!