Slow-roast pork with apples & peppers

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 4 hrs - 4 hrs, 10 mins


Serves 8

This is a no-effort dish with only 20 minutes prep - just serve straight from the oven

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal644
  • fat39g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre4g
  • protein51g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 2-2¼kg/4lb 8oz-5lb pork shoulder joint (or 2 x 1kg/2lb 4oz joints), scored and tied
  • 50g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard

For the apples & peppers

  • 3 onions, thinly sliced, and 2 small eating apples (we used Braeburns), quartered, cored and thinly sliced



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 7-8 red, yellow and/or orange peppers, each cut into quarters, cores and seeds discarded



    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • few bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Sit the pork on a sheet of foil in a roasting tin. Mix the butter, sugar and mustard with 2 tsp salt, rub all over the top and ends of the joint (or joints), then scrunch up the foil to seal tightly in a parcel.

  2. Mix the onions and apples in a large, shallow roasting tin. Scatter the peppers over the top and poke in some bay leaves. Mix the vinegar, oil, mustard and sugar with 100ml water and drizzle over everything. Roast the pork for 3½ hrs while you cook the peppers on the shelf below for the first 2 hrs. When you remove the apples and peppers after 2 hrs, set aside and put the Salt-baked potatoes (see 'Goes well with', right) into the oven underneath the pork instead.

  3. After 3 hrs, unwrap the foil from the pork. Scrape any mustard mixture stuck to the foil back onto the pork, sit it and any juices back in the tin and increase oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roast for 30-45 mins more until the skin is brown and crisping. Remove the pork from the oven, cover and rest for 20 mins while you put the peppers back on the top shelf for 20 mins to finish. Serve the pork thickly sliced alongside the apples and peppers, with any tin juices poured over.

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Comments (43)

michaelm's picture

did this last weekend, fantastic dish, very tasty

nlawren1's picture

I cooked this today as an alternative to traditional Sunday roast. The pork was beautiful it was tender and tasted fantastic. The peppers however were awful and I didnt feel complemented the pork at all. I didnt change any part of the ingredients followed exactly. Will cook again as pork beautiful but wouldnt do with peppers and apples.

stanhopemc's picture

This is a firm family favourite now, a real hit with my foodie husband as well as my 'not-a-fan-of-meat' son - a great way to cook pork. Makes delicious cold pork for sandwiches the next day, so nothing gets wasted.

troubleuk's picture

I loved the taste. And the peppers and apples were amazing.
However, I didnt enjoy the pork shoulder (it was too fatty for me, im a fussy eater). Though, im going to make it again, but with a pork loin.
The taste is amazing and it is so easy to do, just prepare it and put it in the oven. I will being doing this again really soon. Give it a go

deaconpeter's picture

I will be hosting a dinner party next week with the request that whatever I will be cooking it must be pork. I came across this recipe and it sounds good. Will keep you updated how it went.

drama925's picture

delicious and easy - I cut down on the sugar as we found it rather sweet.

drama925's picture

delicious and easy - I cut down on the sugar as we found it rather sweet.

jenniferkendrick's picture

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! And I'm no great cook but I managed this and it was fab!

shoba123's picture

Fabulous result will do again !!

drama925's picture


rmdelvoie's picture

The recipe looks fab. I would like to make it for an outdoors event for about 20 people. Can I make this in advance and serve cold ??? Has anybody tried it cold ??? Thanks for any help in this.

wendy-2165's picture

Sounds very nice will try it thanks.

sjampack's picture

What more can I say except YUMMMMMMYYYY!!
I cooked this dish for a two-people christmas celebration with my bf, so I reduced the amount of apples and peppers and a slightly smaller portion of pork....still turned absolutely wonderful!!
Amazing recipe!

justinesmith9's picture

this was delicious - roasted it really slowly and then exposed the joint to try and get the crackling sorted.Managed to get it fairly crackly but would have liked it a bit cracklier.Served this with Pommes Anna and it was totally scrummy - will definitely make it again

Foodmonster2's picture

This is an absolute winner! My fussy husband couldn't praise it enough and this really says something. I've made loads of pork dishes before, however, this one must be the best. Amazing result for such little effort. I served it with 2 small jacket potatoes (didn't get time to do the egg whites like suggested). This will be one of our regular weekend treats from now on.

Fattybattyvonnie's picture

OMG, cannot believe how delicious this was! I'm not a lover of sweet and savoury so my cooking can be a bit boring sometimes. However, I thought I would start making more of an effort as I actually enjoy cooking so I dug out a few recipes and invited family around for Sunday lunch. They absolutely loved the pork and the apple/onions/peppers side dish was lapped up. I even had seconds myself.
I also made sticky toffee pudding - OMG heaven!!! I can't believe how easy it is and what simple ingredients it has. Yummie!!!

carina009amy's picture

Delicious moist pork, with very little effort. Miraculously everyone in the family liked it (definitely a family favourite from now on). Used red onions for more taste.

libby17's picture

Brilliant recipe. So quick to prepare then it cooks on its own. Meat lovely and tender. Everyone liked the apples and peppers too. Will be making it again.

justinesmith9's picture

absolutely superb - did this with tenderloin and used Bramley apples - think this will become a firm family favorite.Even our daughter who claims not to like pork devoured it !!!

lizstan's picture

special occasion


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