Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

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Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions ~ this slow cooked pork loin is fork tender and infused with all the flavors of Fall. It’s a super comforting one pot meal.

Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

This is one of those meals that you know is going to be great right from the get go. The ingredients tell the story: a plump loin of pork, neatly tied with butcher’s string so it won’t fall apart during the long braising, a large bottle of hard cider, a couple of rosy Honey Crisp apples, an onion, and a handful of fresh thyme. You have only to brown the onions and the meat before layering everything in a slow cooker. At the end the liquid gets boiled down on the stove and reduces to a super charged sweet tart gravy. I like to serve this with roasted veggies like carrots and Brussels sprouts, and maybe some mashed potatoes or polenta to sop up the extra juices.

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I’m not sure there’s a prettier sight than dinner, all settled into the slow cooker, as you pop on the lid and say so long for 6 hours. It’s a wonderful thing.

Slow Cooker Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

If you like you can shred the pork after it’s cooked. I like to slice mine, so I made it ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge till dinner. The longer you let it cool down, the neater your slices will be.

Hard Cider Braised Pork Loin with Apples and Oinions

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Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions ~ this slow cooked pork loin is fork tender and infused with all the flavors of Fall.  It's a super comforting one pot meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
slow cook 6 hours
Yield 4
Author Sue Moran


  • A large heavy bottomed pot


  • 2 lb boneless pork loin
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 apples any type will do, I used Honey Crisp
  • 22 oz bottle of hard cider about 3 cups
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs plus more leaves for garnish


  • Rub the pork loin with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Heat the remaining oil until very hot in a large heavy bottomed pot. Brown the pork on all sides. Put the pork aside.
  • Add the onions to the same pan and stir until they soften and get some color. Put the onions on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with the pork.
  • Add the cider to the hot pan and scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan, this will give you great flavor.
  • Thinly slice the apples, no need to peel. Arrange the apples around the pork. Pour the cider into the slow cooker. Tuck in sprigs of fresh thyme and cover.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Remove the pork, onions, and apples to a platter and cover loosely with foil.
  • Pour the remaining liquid into a saucepan and remove the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil and cook until the gravy is reduced by about half, and slightly thickened, (it won't be real thick.) Taste to adjust the seasonings.
  • Slice or shred the pork, and serve with the gravy. Scatter fresh thyme leaves over all.
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logocropCider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions is the ultimate fall meal!

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    Patty Kady
    October 4, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I would like to make this with a pork shoulder and not use a slow cooker. Do you think that would work?

    • Reply
      October 4, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Yes, you can definitely do this in your oven, cook it low and slow, like 325F for 4 hours or so.

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    October 30, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hi! Would it work if I prepped this the night before, “assembled” it in the crock pot, and put it in the fridge for the hubby to turn on in the morning?

    • Reply
      October 30, 2017 at 10:13 am

      I’m sure that would work, crock pot recipes are so forgiving. Let us know how it turns out 🙂

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    plasterers bristol
    September 7, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.


  • Reply
    October 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Gosh, that looks delicious! Mouth is watering!

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    October 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    You’re darn tootin’ this looks like a winner. Pork, apples and onion are perfect. Add the hard cider and thyme… so have to pin this one!

  • Reply
    October 3, 2014 at 6:37 am

    it’s beautiful recipe !
    thanks Sue,

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