Braised Pork with Apples and Cabbage

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Braised Pork Apples Cabbage

Searing and then braising pork with bacon, apples and cabbage delivers a succulent dish that is so delicious, you’ll be going for seconds.

Serves: 6
Difficulty: medium
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2.5 hours
Diet: GF


4 lb pork spare ribs or pork shoulder roast cut into chunks
¼ c safflower oil
1 T salt
1 t black pepper, ground
¼ lb bacon, chopped
2 yellow onions, diced ½”
2 T garlic, minced
2 green apples, peeled, cored and sliced ½”
4 large sprigs thyme
4 bay leaves
1 T Dijon mustard
½ c cider vinegar
½ c apple cider
2½ lb (1 head) green cabbage


Preheat oven to 350°. Heat oil in heavy-bottomed braising pan with tight-fitting lid. Season pork on all sides with salt and pepper. Sear pork in hot oil until browned; transfer to bowl or pan large enough to catch all juices and set aside.

Leave 2 T pork fat/oil in pan and add bacon and onions, cooking until lightly browned. Add garlic, apples, thyme, bay leaves and mustard, then cook 1 min. Deglaze with vinegar and cider, bringing to a simmer. Add pork with all juices. Cut cabbage head into 8 wedges and add to pan evenly around pork.

Cover tightly and place in oven. Braise pork for 1½ to 2 hours until fall-apart tender, turning pork and cabbage halfway through. Taste for salt, pepper and vinegar and adjust, as desired.

Remove pork, cabbage and apples to a platter and reduce pan liquid over medium-high heat just until thickened slightly; pour over pork. Serve alongside potatoes or spätzle.