APPLE CIDER BRAISED PORK
Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe
3 pound boneless pork top loin roast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oils
4 apples, cored and each cut into 6 wedges
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic or 6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
3/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup apple cider or juice
Trim fat from meat. In a small bowl, stir together salt, thyme, sage, and pepper. Sprinkle spice mixture over meat; rub in with your fingers. In a large skillet, brown meat on all sides in hot oil over medium heat. In a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker, place apples, shallots, and garlic; sprinkle with tapioca. Place meat on top of apple mixture. Pour broth and apple cider over meat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
Notes: Cracker Barrel also uses dried cranberries and pecans which can be added to the crockpot toward the end of the cooking time once the meat is done.