Recipe: Slow-cooked apple BBQ pork with Brussel sprouts and fennel

Not much explanation required for this recipe. Everyone knows that apples, onions, Brussel sprouts and fennel are all great with pork. Using a slow-cooker and a junk-free barbecue sauce make this meal not only delicious but very easy to make.

Slow-cooked apple BBQ pork with Brussel sprouts and fennel
Yield: 6 servings

Slow-cooked apple BBQ pork



  • 1.5 kg pork shoulder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 apple
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup coconut barbecue sauce (or your barbecue sauce of preference)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)

Brussel sprouts and fennel:

  • 1/2 kg Brussel sprouts
  • 2 small fennel bulbs
  • 1 tablespoon fat of choice (bacon fat, tallow, ghee or butter)
  • salt and pepper



  1. Season pork with salt and pepper, place in slow cooker.
  2. Peel, core and slice apple.
  3. Slice onions.
  4. Cover pork with apple, onions, barbecue sauce, and liquid smoke. Cook on low for 8 – 9 hours.

Brussel sprouts and fennel:

  1. Halve Brussel sprouts and steam for 3 minutes.
  2. Thinly slice fennel.
  3. Heat fat in a pan at medium-high heat, cook fennel for 3 minutes, add Brussel sprouts and cook for another couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

3 thoughts on “Recipe: Slow-cooked apple BBQ pork with Brussel sprouts and fennel

  1. Sounds delicious, you are right – i am now craving the combo!

  2. I just love my slow cooker – pulled meats are sooo amazing on these cold wintery nights to come home to!

  3. slow cooked pork and apple are such an amazing combination, simply can’t go wrong

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