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Had a big pork shoulder to put in the slow cooker a few weeks back so concocted this recipe and it turned out delicious! Wanted to get it out before I forgot what I put in!


1 3 lb. pork butt or shoulder, boneless

2 yellow onions sliced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup Tessemae’s BBQ sauce (these are just about the only bottled sauces I use, so delicious and actual all natural ingredients – buy at Whole Foods or online)

1 tsp. crushed garlic

1 tsp. liquid smoke

2  heaping TBSP no sugar added apricot jam or fruit spread – I got a really good one from Whole Foods

1 tsp. dried thyme

Salt and Pepper


Put sliced onions in the bottom of slow cooker

Liberally season pork with salt and pepper and sprinkle with thyme, then place on top of onions, fat side up

Mix all other ingredients together and pour over pork

Cook on low for 8 hours

Serve alongside veggies of choice





This recipe was inspired by this original one over at Simply Recipes, but I changed it enough that I decided it was easier to just write it as I ended up doing it than explaining all my changes. At some point I will aquire fennel seeds and not be too lazy to pull out the blender and will do it as written in my Dutch Oven. I’m very sorry I did not take pictures along the way with this, was just planning on linking to it.


  • Pork. I probably had about 3 pounds. I ended up using Country-Style ribs (which are actually pork shoulder) because that is what Whole Foods had, but pork butt or pork shoulder would be perfect as well.
  • 3 Tbsp packed, fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 large apples, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced up


  • Salt and Pepper both sides of pork
  • In a chopper device, blend together thyme, rosemary, garlic, a little salt and pepper, and 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil. If you don’t have a food processor or electric chopper, just chop thyme and rosemary well and then add garlic and olive oil to make a paste.
  • Put apples and onion in the bottom of slow cooker with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and stir
  • Take half your paste and rub on one side of the pork
  • Put that side down into slow cooker and then rub the rest on the side now up. You want the fattiest side up.
  • Cook on low for about 8 hours
  • Serve pork on plate with onion and apple mixture spooned on top. I served along with bacon brussels sprouts (I just pan seared a bag of frozen petite brussels sprouts with some bacon)

The picture isn’t that pretty, but this was absolutely amazing!!

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