There may be nothing better than a fall crock pot experiment that turns into a keeper recipe. Armed with dozens of golden delicious apples after a trip to the orchard I searched for recipes that were more savory than sweet. When I found one similar to mine below, I made a few key changes and created something I think we will be making over and over again this winter!
2+ pounds of boneless pork loin (I used about 2.4 for this recipe)
6 medium golden delicious apples (any green apple would work)
1/4 cup of honey + hot chili honey
Apple pie spice, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder
Thinly slice the apples and cover the entire bottom of the crock pot with a layer of apple slices (about 3 apples). Coat generously with apple pie spice and then drizzle with about half of the regular honey. Season both sides of the pork with a generous amount of smoked paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder (you want these flavors to infuse into everything) and then place it on top of the apples. We received Mike’s Hot Honey in a DIY pizza kit from Bespoke Post and I thought it would be the perfect kick to this recipe. Drizzle it on top of the pork instead of the regular honey. Then, layer the remaining apples and sprinkle again with the apple pie spice. I drizzled the remaining honey and some of the hot honey on top and set it on low to cook for 6 hours.
For a side dish, I made a box of pearl couscous and cooked in some raw baby spinach to sneak some veggies into the meal.
After 6 hours, the pork chops were still perfectly in tact, but fell apart easily when eating with a fork. They were incredibly moist and even held up as leftovers in the microwave.
So simple and had my fiancé raving about how delicious it was. Something to make again and again!