Slow Cooked Shredded Pork with Creamy Applesauce

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Props to me — I had success with yet another pork recipe. Slow cooked, well seasoned and shredded is the way to go, otherwise, I don’t normally care for it. Bacon is the exception.

My main inspiration for this recipe? The Brady Bunch. Anyone remember the, “pork chops and applesauce” episode? Peter was the one who coined the phrase, but he was trying to mock someone’s voice. I don’t remember whose though. Anyone remember? I was a big Brady Bunch fan growing up and always watched it after school on TBS. It was The Brady Bunch followed by Saved by the Bell, which I also loved. Oh, the good ol’ days. Funny, but I still enjoy both of these shows today and occasionally watch an episode on Hulu or Netflix.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lb pork shoulder roast
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1/4 cup bone broth

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery, and saute a few minutes, until the onion begins to turn translucent. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Cook for another minute or so, and then add to your slow cooker.
  2. Use the same pan, over medium heat, to brown the roast. First, season it with sea salt and pepper on both sides. Then, add to the pan and sear for 4 minutes per side. Next, add the roast to the slow cooker and sprinkle the ground sage all over. Pour in the bone broth and cover the slow cooker with the lid.
  3. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 6-7. Once done, shred the meat with two forks and stir. Serve with creamy applesauce (recipe below) and a green veggie of your choosing (I recommend kale or broccoli).

For the creamy applesauce:

  • 4 organic braeburn apples, cored and chopped (skins on)
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk, plus extra if needed
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the apples and water, and stir.
  2. After a few minutes, add the coconut milk and stir. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a little more coconut milk if necessary.
  3. Once apples have softened into applesauce (chunks are fine and welcomed), remove from heat and serve with the pork.

Yields: 4-5 servings

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15 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Shredded Pork with Creamy Applesauce

  1. bodychangetrainers February 19, 2013 / 7:19 am

    Love this idea, Sounds absolutely tasty!

  2. Megan February 19, 2013 / 7:30 am

    Yum! Looks awesome!

  3. Shonnie February 19, 2013 / 7:53 am

    That looks amazing. Think I am gonna make that for the hubs. 😀

  4. Cinnamoneats February 19, 2013 / 8:12 am

    Putting this on my ‘to make list’…. I’m in dire need of some good food! Right now the place we’re living in has a very very very small fridge and the freezer doesn’t even work (just a tiny shelf on top) so I haven’t been able to cook the way I used to. Plus the kitchen is tiny and minimal equipment! Can’t wait until we are moved into our own place and I can use all my own kitchen stuff (hoping the adapters we bought from the electrics will work) so I can start making things like this again 🙂

    • paleoinpdx February 19, 2013 / 2:51 pm

      That would be tough! I bet you’ll go crazy when you have access to a full kitchen and all your stuff again. Hopefully, you get to move in soon?

  5. flamidwyfe February 19, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Peter did a horrible Bogart impression, lol!
    This meal looks AMAZING!!! Definitely going on my March food menu!

    • paleoinpdx February 19, 2013 / 3:55 pm

      That’s what it was…Bogart! Haha, yes, it was pretty bad!

      • flamidwyfe February 19, 2013 / 3:57 pm

        p.s. reblogged to my blog… I think some of my readers will love this as much as I will!

  6. earthbecomesme September 22, 2013 / 7:52 am

    The directions mention tomato paste, but I didn’t see it listed in the ingredients. How much?

    • paleoinpdx September 22, 2013 / 10:51 am

      Oops, that’s not supposed to be in there! Nice catch. I think I copied my initial directions for the roast from one of my other pork recipes and must have missed the tomato paste. There’s definitely not tomato paste in here…wouldn’t go too well with the creamy applesauce.

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