Slow Cooker Pork Stew

pork stew
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  • Total: 11 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 11 hrs
  • Servings: 8 servings

Like using the slow-cooker or crock pot to prepare a hearty meal? It creates tasty meals and is simple to use. This slow-cooker pork stew recipe is with apple cider as well apple and carrots, potatoes, and onions for a truly home-cooked flavor. The apple cider and apples take this stew to another level. Plus, it combines delicious flavors into a stew with pork—instead of beef—for a unique meal. Many people may never have tried a pork stew, making this an ideal must-try pork recipe.

About Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt

This recipe uses a cut of pork known as pork shoulder. This cut of pork is also known as a pork butt or Boston butt. (It isn't from the animal's rear, though—it is literally the shoulder of the pig.) Pork shoulder is typically roasted and also good for braising. That said, it is also great for slow-roasting or barbecuing. They are typically used to make pulled pork—especially in the Southern cooking arena. Typically, it is sold as a 5- or 10-pound roast at the grocery store.


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder (boneless trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 carrots (cut into 1/2-inch slices)
  • 4 medium potatoes (cut into 3/4-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 large apple (peeled, cored, and chopped)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine the flour, salt, thyme, and pepper. Toss the spices with the meat.

  3. Put the chopped-up vegetables (carrots, potatoes, and onions) and the apple into the slow-cooker.

  4. Place the pork cubes on top.

  5. Combine apple cider and vinegar, and pour it over the meat.

  6. Place the lid on top of the slow cooker and set it on the low setting. Keep it on the low setting for 9 to 11 hours.

  7. After that time, turn the slow cooker to high. Blend 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup cold water together, stirring them until the mixture is smooth (this will thicken the sauce).

  8. Stir the flour and water into the hot liquid. Keep the crock pot on high, and cook it for 15 minutes longer, or until thickened.

  9. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. 

  10. Serve and enjoy!


Recipe Variations

  • Add cubed sweet potatoes or winter squash to the stew along with the potatoes.
  • Add sliced celery to the stew mixture.