Sweet Bourbon Pork

  • ½ tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. crushed red chili flakes
  • ⅓ c. apple juice
  • 2 T. honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. ketchup
  • 3 T. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¼ c. soy sauce (choose gluten free tamari if desired)
  • 2 lbs. boneless pork, cut into bite-sized pieces (many options here - I used a picnic roast)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced into thin wedges
  • ¼ c. bourbon (if you'd rather not cook with alcohol, you can use apple juice or water here)
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Mix the first 10 ingredients (ginger through soy sauce or tamari) in a bowl. Place the pork and onions in a slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture over top. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3 hours.

Combine the bourbon with the cornstarch. Turn the slow cooker up to high. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the sauce. Cover and allow to thicken, stirring occasionally (about 15 minutes). Serve over hot rice.

  • Yields: 4-6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes plus about 7 hours slow cooking time
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