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I’m a huge fan of slow cooker recipes, especially in the fall and winter. I love the ability to throw some ingredients together in the morning and have a hot dinner ready to eat by the end of the day.

One of my favorite “secret” ingredients to use when slow-cooking meat is butter. (I know, I know. Calories. Fat. Blah blah blah.) The butter actually helps break down the muscle fibers so the end result is this beautiful melt-in-your-mouth piece of meat. You don’t have to use a lot.


1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 green apples, sliced & cored
4-5 lbs of pork roast (shoulder or picnic roast is what I commonly use)
1 C hard apple cider
2-4 Tb butter
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 C honey dijion mustard
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
Salt & pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Place the chopped onion in the bottom of the slow cooker before resting the pork roast on top. Pour cider over the roast. In a separate bowl, mix the butter (melted), mustard, garlic and herbs together; spread over the roast. lastly, place the apple slices evenly over and around the roast, topping with salt and pepper. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours (the longer, the better). Enjoy!

Suggested Side Dishes: roasted red potatoes with either steamed green beans or cabbage


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