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Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage

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Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples.Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares adPork happens to be one of my favorite proteins.

Fall happens to be my favorite season with some of my favorite flavors.

So when the opportunity to partner again with Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork arose, I knew instantly what I wanted to make. Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage is one of my beloved fall recipes. I’ve made this using pork chops (both bone in and boneless), loin, and shoulder. Luckily Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork has all these cuts, which are all naturally tender and juicy, and free of steroids, hormones, and artificial ingredients. These are a few of the reasons why I love working with Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork. Now they have partnered with Walmart for Compassion for Community, a partnership to celebrate and honor local heroes, and that is a cause I can get behind.

This got me thinking about the heroes in my own life, those who have made a difference or lasting impact. Of all the people that flitted through my mind, there was one person who I kept coming back to; my grandma.

My grandma hasn’t done anything that would make her a hero in the the traditional sense of the word. She’s never rushed into a burning building to save a child, or even a kitten for that matter. She hasn’t cured any particular disease or plight of humanity. She didn’t accomplish 12 labors earning her a place in Olympus.

She’s just a woman, a wife, mother, grandma, and a great grandmother. But much like the alluded to Hercules, she does have superhuman strength (of character and fortitude). Her father died when she was 5 years old and her mom remained single, raising her 4 children by working hard. My great grandmother’s example shaped how my grandmother has lived her own life.Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares adIn her 80’s now, my grandmother still works hard. She stopped punching a time clock back when I graduated high school, but she still keeps busy. She (and my grandfather–he deserves his own post) raised two daughters, just a year apart in age. She worked part time and eventually full time after becoming a mother. She also did and does all the stereotypical things like cooking and cleaning for/after her family.

These are all great things. But in and of themselves, they aren’t all that extraordinary. Many women fit the description above. But what sets my grandma apart is her strength, resolve, and her ‘never quit’ attitude. When life throws something at her, she takes it and keeps going. If you were to ask any member of my family to describe my grandmother in one word, I am fairly certain they’d all say ‘strong.’

She’s been my example, shown me that you take what life gives you and not let it get the best of you. You dust yourself off and you keep going. Cry if you need to have your cry, but then dry your tears and get back to it. And you always make the best of bad situation, turning as much of the negative into positive and there is always way. That was a lot of cliches, but her example has gotten me through plenty of rough times in my life.

My grandma has been a great teacher to me. She’s one of the people that nurtured my love of cooking, but her real gift to me is strength. I’m grateful for the both the overt and subtle lessons she’s taught me throughout my life. She’s been there every time I have needed her, always with a listening ear, pure empathy, and a sincere belief that I can handle everything that comes my way. And her belief in me gave me the one thing I needed to have in life: A belief in myself.

It was that belief in myself that gave me the courage to try something risky (professionally) while raising my then-baby girl all on my own: this website. And as a result, I’m here, almost three years later, waxing poetically about my grandma, earning a living that combined three hobbies and now sharing a favorite recipe of mine, this Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage.Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares adSlow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares ad

Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples.
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Ingredients

  • *Slow Cooker Pork
  • 1 Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Shoulder Picnic (3-4 pounds)
  • 2 cups apple cider (fresh pressed is best)
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot; roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 3 tsp fresh thyme/1 tsp dried
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • Apples and Cabbage
  • 3 thick-sliced bacon (6 regular); diced
  • 1 head cabbage (3 pounds); chopped
  • 1 large onion; diced
  • 3 carrots; shredded/grated (5 oz)
  • 2 apples; cored and diced (granny smith and fuji/gala)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 oz apple cider (fresh pressed is best)
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp salt +/- to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper +/- to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil; +/- (plus an additional optional 2 tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Slow Cooker Pork
  2. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker.
  3. In a bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, whisk together and pour over the roast.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 2-3. (See notes)
  5. Once cooked, allow to rest for at least 10 minutes for slicing/pulling apart.
  6. Apples and Cabbage
  7. Prep the produce; set aside.
  8. In a bowl, whisk the cider, tomato paste, mustard, herbs, and spices together; set aside
  9. In a large skillet on medium high heat, cook the bacon.
  10. Once the bacon is cooked, remove from pan; reserve drippings (or discard renderings and add the optional 2 tbsp olive oil.
  11. Add the onions, cook for 3 minutes.
  12. Add the carrots and apples, stir well.
  13. Add as much cabbage as will fit, stir frequently and as it cooks down, add more cabbage until all has been added the skillet. Cook for 7-10 minutes; to desired doneness. The remaining 2 tbsp olive oil maybe added be needed.
  14. Once the cabbage has cooked down, pour the seasoned liquid into the pan, and stir frequently.
  15. Allow to cook until the liquid has reduced significantly then remove from heat.
  16. Slice the meat and serve with the apples and cabbage.
  17. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

All slow cooker times are approximate as actual temperatures vary among appliances. If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your pork a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares adWho has made an impact and deserves recognition (someone who embraces Compassion, Care and Commitment) in your life? You can nominate this person by entering the #SmithfieldCares Sweepstakes.  There is over $9,000 in prizing, don’t miss your chance to nominate someone in your community who deserves recognition for embracing compassion, care and commitment. Smithfield will award prizes to local heroes.

After you nominate an individual, click on coupon below to save $1.00 on any Smithfield All Natural Pork variety (while supplies last).Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares ad
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Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares adSlow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage ~ Pork shoulder slow cooked in apple cider and herbs, served over sautéed cabbage and apples ~ The Complete Savorist #SmithfieldCares ad

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  • Emily
    October 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I really like this idea, it is a new way to have pork for dinner. Thanks!

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    October 3, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Now this is a fall comfort food dinner!

  • Betty
    October 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I love this teciepe Michelle. The perfect food for fall. Thank you for your beautiful words you brought me to tears. Love you too!

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    October 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    This is so full of great Fall flavors… love it!!

  • Jessica | The Novice Chef
    October 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    This is serious fall perfection! Love being able to make this in the slow cooker!

  • Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny
    October 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I am pretty sure I can smell this through my computer. 😀

  • Lora @savoringitaly
    October 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    What a delightful fall dish. I love that it’s so easy to put together in a slow cooker!!

  • Melanie
    October 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I always need new slow cooker recipes, and I want to try this one!

  • marye
    October 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I love the combination of flavors and textures here! Pork is definitely the preferred meat of autumn!

  • Jamie
    October 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Slow cooker meals are the best! This recipe sounds perfect for fall!

  • christine
    October 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your grandma! What a great program this is to honor those we consider heroes. And that pork well that pork sounds delish!

  • Maryanne | the little epicurean
    October 4, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I’m always on the search for new slow cooker recipes. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  • Lori Vachon
    October 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Oh how I love a good slow cooker meal! Perfect for those extra busy days!

  • Laura at I Heart Naptime
    October 4, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This look so delicious – and is so deceivingly easy!

  • David @ Spiced
    October 4, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Your grandma sounds like an incredible person! Thank you so much for sharing her story. And thank you so much for sharing this recipe, too. This sounds like an excellent Fall meal! I love pulling out the slow cooker once the weather turns chilly, and this one definitely needs to be on our dinner list soon! #client

  • Debi at Life Currents
    October 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I love using my slow cooker, and you’ve totally hit a home run with this awesome recipe. So full of flavor and color. Perfect for fall!

  • Ellie Augustin
    October 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    What a wonderful share about your grandmother thank you for sharing her story and this recipe OH I am pretty sure I heard my tummy grumble

  • Catherine
    October 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    This looks like a great meal…I love finding new recipes for the crockpot! Thanks for sharing!

  • Julia (@imagelicious)
    October 5, 2016 at 4:59 am

    I love how you wrote about your grandma! Thank you for sharing.

    I ask happen to have pulled pork in my fridge right now. I feel like I should give your recipe a try, it sounds delicious. I really like how you use apple cider when cooking both pork and cabbage.

  • Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi
    October 5, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I love apple recipes for Fall! 🙂