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Slow-Cooker Maple Pork Shoulder with Apples

Slow-Cooker Maple Pork Shoulder with Apples
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 7 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8
Perfect for fall (or anytime you crave something warm and filling), this tender slow-cooker pork gets its layers of flavor from pure maple syrup, apples and herbs.
Updated April 23, 2019

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 lb boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups sliced yellow onions
  • 1 medium unpeeled Fuji or Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese, if desired
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

Steps

  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Rub pork with salt and pepper. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook pork in butter 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer pork to slow cooker.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat broth, maple syrup and mustard with whisk. Stir in onions. Pour mixture over pork. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 9 hours or until pork is tender.
  • 3
    Carefully transfer pork to cutting board; let stand about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Shred pork, discarding any pieces of fat and cartilage.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, add apple to slow cooker. In small bowl, beat cornstarch and vinegar with whisk; stir into liquid in slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 10 to 15 minutes or until liquid thickens. Stir in pork; heat through. Serve pork topped with parsley, thyme leaves and cheese, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Remember to trim the fat from the pork. Some fat is fine, but large pieces of fat left on the outside of the pork will make the sauce greasy.
  • Cooking Gluten Free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
430
Calories from Fat
200
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
1080mg
45%
Potassium
580mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
22g
7%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
16g
Protein
35g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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