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5 from 5 votes

Pork Roast with Apples

Easy cider braised pork roast with apples and onions. Gluten and dairy free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: braised pork, Pork Roast, Pork roast with apples, Pork Shoulder
Servings: 8 servings


  • 3-4 lb boneless pork shoulder roast also called a boston butt
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1/4 in pieces
  • 1 large white onion, paper removed, halved and sliced
  • 1 12oz bottle hard apple cider
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1/3 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tart apples, cut into 6-8 wedges each seeds/ core removed
  • parsley, chopped optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Liberally salt and pepper the pork shoulder on all sides.
  • Heat an ovenproof pot large enough to fit your pork shoulder on medium heat. Add bacon. Cook until crispy. Remove bacon, set aside.
  • Increase heat to medium-high. Cook pork shoulder, reducing heat as needed to prevent over-browning, until brown on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes.  Transfer pork shoulder to a plate.
  • Add onion to pot and cook, stirring often, until onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and add hard apple cider and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar.
  • Bring to a simmer, then return pork shoulder to pot. Tuck in sage sprigs around the pork roast.
  • Cover pot and transfer to oven. Braise pork shoulder, turning after 1 hour, until fork-tender, about 2 hours.
  • Using tongs, transfer pork to a deep platter. Discard sage sprigs. Place the pot over medium heat on the stove and bring the liquid to a simmer. Reduce the liquid by 1/3.
  • Stir in apples. Cook until just soft 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in dijon mustard and reserved bacon. 
  • Arrange pork, onions, and apples on a large platter. Drizzle with sauce and garnish with parsley.


* See post for slow cooker and Instant Pot instructions