One Pot Maple Pork Roast is slow cooked all day, bringing out the natural touch of sweetness from the sweet potatoes, apple, onion and real maple syrup! With only 20 minutes of prep time, it’s sure to become one of your winter favorites!
Slow Braised Roasts
We love slow braising roasts in our house and this Maple Pork Roast in no exception! It’s so comforting to have a one pot meal cooking away in the oven on a winter day. This is a weekend favorite because it takes a little care. You’ll need to cook the pork for 8 hours, and the veggies only for the last 2. If you love all day pot roasts, be sure to try my Simply Perfect Beef Roast and Rich Molasses Braised Beef Roast.
In a lot of recipes, I’m in favor of a big heavy pot or dutch oven over the crock pot option. Yes, the crock pot gives you the easy, set it and forget it factor. But really, your oven does the same thing. Starting your roasts by searing them on the stovetop before slow cooking them in the oven, really deepens their flavor. It gives you that crust, that dark brown color, and that seared in rich goodness. All that is achieved in the first 10 minutes on the stove top, and then the oven can slowly work it’s all-day magic. While I love crock pots, they don’t let you do this. I have not tried this exact recipe in a crock pot. I have no doubt that it “will work” so give it a try if you want, but it just won’t be exactly the same.
The Touch of Sweetness
The natural sugars of the sweet potato, onion, and apple all get sweeter when slow cooked. Their flavors marry so nicely with the hint of real maple syrup, deepening the flavor to balance them perfectly. Your one-pot is already full of fruits and vegetables, so just pair dinner with a green salad. It’s the perfect cozy meal on a winter’s day.
One Pot Maple Pork Roast
- 2.5 lb pork roast or bigger
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 t kosher salt
- 15 grinds freshly cracked pepper
- 1 c beef stock
- 2-3 potatoes I used a combination of sweet potatoes and red potatoes, chopped in large chunks
- 1 small onion large chop
- 1-2 apples depending on size, large chop
- 1/4 c real maple syrup
- a pinch more salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 300° convection bake
- Preheat a large dutch oven on the stove top with olive oil over medium to high heat
- Season pork with salt and pepper and sear in the hot oil until browned, turning with tongs to brown each side
- When completely seared, add beef stock and cover
- Roast in oven for 6 hours, turning with tongs once or twice. After 6 hours, chop and add veggies and syrup with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook 1 hour and then check and stir, breaking the pork up with tongs a bit
- Cook 1 more hour uncovered (total roasting time is 8 hours)
- Serve with crusty bread or a green salad