Slow Cooker Pork With Cabbage

Pork and red cabbage

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1053 Calories
69g Fat
32g Carbs
73g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1053
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 69g 89%
Saturated Fat 24g 122%
Cholesterol 272mg 91%
Sodium 602mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 73g
Vitamin C 46mg 231%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 1408mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Red cabbage and pork are natural partners. The sweetness of the cabbage really complements the juicy savory flavor of the pork roast in this wonderful and super simple recipe.

You can use green cabbage in this dish, but red cabbage is so much prettier and it does taste a tiny bit sweeter than green cabbage. The brown sugar, vinegar, and thyme add great flavor to the meat and veggies in this dish. This whole meal is so fragrant; when you come home after work your appetite will be tempted.

Make sure that you choose a pork shoulder roast for this recipe, not a pork tenderloin. The tenderloin will become very overcooked if it is prepared in this fashion. If you're not sure, ask the butcher for help in choosing the meat.

Because this is such a hearty recipe, you should choose lighter side dishes or serve the dish on some freshly baked pita. Fresh fruit, chopped and sprinkled with some lemon juice and a bit of honey would be delicious on the side or have some steamed green beans or asparagus. Serve some rolls, either dinner rolls or savory scones, on the side too. For dessert, some brownies or an apple pie served with butter pecan ice cream would be a great finish. Or choose a baked dessert such as apple crisp.


  • 5 cups shredded or coarsely chopped red cabbage

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 to 4 pounds pork shoulder roast

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine the cabbage, onion, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, and thyme in 4 to 5-quart slow cooker.

  3. Sprinkle the pork roast with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil in a heavy skillet, about 5 to 6 minutes total, turning until browned on all sides. (You don't have to brown the pork if you don't want to; in that case, just sprinkle it with the salt and pepper and put it in the crock pot on top of the vegetables.) If you do brown the pork, add about 1/4 cup water to the skillet to remove the drippings, scraping the bottom of the skillet. Add this liquid to the crock pot.

  4. Place the pork in the slow cooker on top of the vegetables; cover, and cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours or until the pork registers at least 145 F.

  5. Remove the pork from the slow cooker; cover and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing to serve with the cabbage mixture.

  6. Enjoy!

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