Pork Roast Recipe from a Former Vegan

When I was 5, I was visiting my great-grandfather’s farm in Puerto Rico.  I became friends with one of his pigs.  A week later, that same pig was slaughtered in front of me, and I was forever traumatized.  I sometimes wonder if my vegetarian mom set that up so that I’d become a vegetarian, too.  It worked. I became a vegetarian for a really, really long time. I even went vegan for a few years.

Then, I started my first adult relationship.  He was straight up meat and potatoes, and cooking separate meals all the time started getting really old.  One day, I decided to take the plunge.  I tried meat.  The memory of that 1st burger will forever be seared in my mind.  It was delicious.  I still couldn’t bring myself to eat pork.   I felt way too guilty.  And then I discovered sustainable farms and happy pigs that were treated with love.  It was time to try some pork.

I started slowly by easing my way into bacon.  (Mmmmmmm…..bacon.)  Now, 13 years after that 1st burger experience, I finally decided it was time to make some pork.  I liked it.  I still had a weird mental block and couldn’t eat a bunch of it, but I’m definitely going to make it again.  If you try it, let me know what you think :)


  • 3-5 Lb Boneless Pork Loin Roast
  • 1 Sweet Onion Sliced Thick
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • Elephant Garlic – I used 3 cloves, use less if you don’t love garlic
  • 1 Butternut Squash peeled and chopped into cubes
  • A couple of Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
  • A couple of Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Line the bottom of your crock pot with half of the veggies and fruit
  2. Poke holes in the roast with your thumb and stuff the holes with garlic
  3. Season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper and place fat side down on top of your veggies/fruit in the crock pot
  4. Put the herbs on top of the meat
  5. Throw the rest of the veggies and apples in the crock pot
  6. Pour in the apple cider vinegar
  7. Set your crock pot on low and cook for 8 hours