Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast Recipe

Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast Recipe
I had fun making this meal.

If you don’t mind a little sweetness at dinner, I hope you will try this Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast recipe (you can use a crock-pot). I like to look up recipes online and take what I like from several to create one meal. To be honest, this does NOT work out too often which is why I don’t blog about food very often (in fact, I wrote this in August of 2013). This particular time was successful though so I’m happy to share.

Has anyone taken the time to look up if there is a difference between a slow cooker and a crockpot? I use them interchangeably because instinct tells me it is a regional thing. The crockpot I have is quite old, but this is the closest that I could find: Crock-Pot 7Qt. Oval Manual Slow Cooker. Which now answers the previous question:

All Crock-Pots are Slow Cookers, but not all Slow Cookers are Crock-Pots.

I learned soooo much about cooking when making this. Perhaps these confessions will prevent you from making similar mistakes.

I had this scheduled to make on Friday morning. I got all my ingredients ready and was ready to attempt cooking right after waking up. When I went to pull the roast out of the fridge, it wasn’t there. That’s because:

LESSON 1: Remember to defrost your meat!

So, it is now Saturday and I attempt the meal again. I gather all my ingredients and pull the Crock-Pot out.

Ingredients to make the slow cooker pork roast.
Yes, the images all say because that is my other website where I originally published the recipe. It’s still me.

The most terrifying part of this recipe is this:

Onions are scary.
Onions are scary. Have I mentioned yet that I do not cook? Like ever?

I was 44 when I made this dinner and I had never touched an onion prior to that day. Of course, I had used their layers in poetic metaphors, but never in my meals. I am proud to say that I am no longer an onion virgin.

I did recall a trick I had heard about.

LESSON 2: If you don’t want to cry from cutting an onion, do it under running water.

Cut onions under running water so you don't cry.

You can tell in the photo above that my first attempt didn’t work out too well, the slice fell into a dirty dish. After feeling like an idiot, I grabbed the plate and TA-DA. I cut off a nice thick slice and layered it on the bottom of the pot for the roast to lay on. Yes, just one.

LESSON 3: Use more than one slice of onion.

Onions. Onions. Onions.
Using more than one slice of onion will make your family happier.

LESSON 4: Pour the liquids in prior to applying things like garlic.

The pork is now laying on the sad lonely onion slice and it is time to pour on the apple juice and beef broth. Why did I choose the beef broth, you ask? I want to tell you that in my great amount of minutes of cooking experience, I have found that the beef will do a better job of balancing the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients. THAT WOULD BE LYING THOUGH. I used it because that is all that was in the kitchen. Once that is done, open the jar of minced garlic and I cover the roast top as thick as I can. Oh, right before I spread the garlic, I used a fork to poke holes in the meat. Don’t ask why. It made sense to me at the time.

Garlic for the win!
By the way, pour the liquids in before applying the garlic.

I know. You caught that you don’t see the juice and broth in this even though I said to do that first.

That’s because I want you to NOT make the same mistakes I did. 

My favorite part is next: Cover the pork in honey. Before you put it away, fill up a teaspoon and have some for yourself. It is yummy and very good for you.

Remember to take a teaspoon for yourself.
I used unfiltered and unprocessed honey.

We are finally in the last stages here. To make it be the Slow Cooker Apple Honey Pork Roast Recipe, we need to add the crown of fruit. The last bit is to cut the three apples into wedges and secure them to the top of the roast with honey. Just put any that don’t fit into the surrounding juice. I sprinkled a good helping of cinnamon on the apples and then on impulse, included a small dash of Allspice. I have no idea why or if it did anything to the meal. If I were you, I would stick to just the cinnamon.

Ready to cook!
I am pretty sure this is prior to cooking. Maybe. It was a long time ago and honestly, I can’t tell. It almost looks partially cooked here.

Cook on low heat for at least 8 hours. The whole apartment smells like Autumn on August 3rd. I loved it.

Ding! Ding! It’s done!

Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast

I have one last lesson to share.

LESSON 5: Pair this sweet dinner meat with salty sides.

Broccoli & Rice
I would definitely choose different sides. Something that was salty with a bit of texture.

As you can see, I added rice and broccoli for the side dishes. That meant that after we were done eating, we were dying for something salty. I highly recommend switching out the rice for something that is salty and has a crunch factor to it.

We had enough leftovers for lunch the next day. That’s probably because while my daughter and I really loved it – my two boys did not.

They said it was too sweet.

Let me know if you give it a try and what you thought! To be honest, I may be the only weirdo who really likes this. If you would like a more normal and yummy easy dinner recipe, try my Crock Pot Top Round London Broil.

Now in 2022, I no longer use my Crock-Pot. As a non-cook type of cook, I have fallen in love with my Instapot, my Air Fryer, and my Toaster Oven. I don’t even use my regular oven any longer. To be honest, I still do not cook often.

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Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast

Recipe by MelissaCourse: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 1/2 pound sirloin pork roast

  • 2 cups apple juice

  • 1/2 cup beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1/4 cup of honey

  • 3 organic apples

  • 1 onion

  • cinnamon/allspice to taste


  • Peel and slice the onion (see notes in the post). Brown first in a frying pan if desired and then lay on the bottom of the slow cooker
  • Lay your pork sirloin roast on top of the onion inside the crockpot
  • Add in apple juice and beef broth
  • Pierce the top of the roast and then spread a thick layer of garlic over the meat.
  • Drizzle honey over the meat
  • Core & slice up the apples and secure them on top in the honey surrounding the roast with the rest.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and allspice on top to your personal desired level.
  • Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.
  • Enjoy your home smelling like Autumn has come for dinner any time of the year.


  • Balance this sweet style meat with a few salty and perhaps crunchy vegetables to balance out everything

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