PA Hard Cider Pork Stew Recipe

No matter your favorite brand or maker of Pennsylvania Hard Cider, this apple-forward beverage and pork are perfect culinary partners. We’ve tested this simple hard cider pork stew recipe and give it two thumbs up. Try it for a hearty weeknight supper!

PA Hard Cider Pork Stew

6–8 servings
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
15 min 150 min 165 min


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds pork butt, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 gala apples, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped leeks
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 2 sprigs sage
  • 1 spring rosemary
  • 2 bottles (12 ounces each) PA hard cider
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, sear the pork on all sides, working in batches if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Once the pork is seared, remove it from the pot and hold.
  2. Add the apples, leeks and celery to the pot and sweat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper and add the whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard, sage and rosemary to the pot. Pour the hard cider and vegetable stock into the pot. Return pork to pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook the stew for about 2 hours or until the pork is fork tender.
  3. Remove the sprigs of sage and rosemary. Season the stew with the apple cider vinegar, butter, salt and pepper. Serve hot with grilled bread.

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