Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes

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I know I say this a lot, but I love my slow cooker! I use it at least once a week. And you can produce some of the best comfort food with minimal effort. Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes is no exception. The depth of flavor and simplicity of this recipe is going to blow you and your family away. Cooking the whole pork tenderloins with the sweet potatoes in a beer braising liquid is perfect for the slow cooker.

Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes

Lager is my beer of choice for most recipes. Occasionally, a stout is called for, but lager is a great mild beer that produces the flavors most people expect when you say “beer braised”. I use a craft beer called Pub Beer by 10 Barrel Brewing. You can use more mass produced lager, like Bud Light or Keystone. The point is to use a beer that you would drink, because when you cook with beer, as with wine, the flavor is enhanced. This recipe also included Pickled Mustard Seeds. If you cannot find these in your grocery, they are actually fairly easy to make on your own. II attached the recipe below the main recipe below. And they last for a while. You can put them on sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, all sorts of things.

Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes

If you want to keep the meal grain free, then maybe add another sweet potato, if your slow cooker can accommodate it. If you want a side dish, I added in some quick farro. I cook mine in boiling beef broth with some salt and red pepper flakes. It’s a simple but nutty component that really rounds out this dish.

Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes

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Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes

A hearty fall dish bursting with flavors of sweet potatoes, carrots, thyme, lager and pork!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword carrots, lager, pork, pork tenderloin, sweet potato, thyme
Prep Time 15 minutes
Slow Cooker Time 4 hours
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker (6qt at least)

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes peeled, cut into ½inch cubes
  • 2 Large Carrots cut into ½inch cubes
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp Pickled Mustard Seeds see recipe below, if needed
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 24 oz Lager Beer
  • 1 cup Beef Broth more if needed

Instructions

  • Place pork tenderloins in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, and mustard seeds.
  • Sprinkle with thyme, dried onion, salt and Worcestershire Sauce. Add in Lager and beef broth. If the contents are not completely covered add additional beef broth until fully submerged.
  • Secure lid and cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Remove pork from crock and let rest on cutting board for at least 5 minutes before slicing into medallions.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove potatoes and carrots and add to plate. Place a few slices of pork on top and drizzle with some juice from the crock.
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Pickled Mustard Seeds

A delicious, and versatile, homemade condiment to jazz up your burgers, sandwiches and pizzas.
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Keyword mustard seeds, pickled mustard seeds, shallots
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Servings 1 pint

Equipment

  • 1- 1 pint Mason Jar with Lid

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Whole Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Shallot thin sliced

Instructions

  • Add vinegar, water, salt and sugar to saucepan over medium heat. Cook until it bubbles.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add mustard seeds. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add shallots. Simmer for 30 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before transferring to mason jar. Secure with lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

One thought on “Beer Braised Pork & Sweet Potatoes

  1. This looks so delicious! I love pork with sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing them at the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner party. Hope your week is amazing! Happy New Year!

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