Total Time
5hrs 8mins
Prep 8 mins
Cook 5 hrs

This savory blend of anise, fennel, caraway, and celery seeds creates a crustlike coating for this tender pork roast. The cooking liquid contains apple juice, which lends a pleasant, subtle sweetness.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brush soy sauce over meat.
  2. On a large piece of foil combine anise seeds, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, and celery seeds.
  3. Roll roast in seeds to coat evenly.
  4. Place meat in slow cooker.
  5. Pour 1/3 cup of the apple juice and the broth around meat.
  6. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours.
  7. Transfer meat to a cutting board, reserving cooking liquid.
  8. Slice meat and transfer to a serving platter.
  9. Cover meat to keep warm.
  10. FOR GRAVY:.
  11. Strain cooking liquid and skim off fat. Transfer cooking liquid to a small saucepan. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cup apple juice and the cornstarch, stir into liquid in saucepan.
  12. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  13. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
  14. Serve gravy over meat.


Most Helpful

This is one of my favorite ways to cook pork now. I use apple juice instead of the soy sauce. We don't eat soy. But it turns out well.

Audrey Jensen July 25, 2010

A neighbor couple were in a bind for a main course for today's meal, so I offered to make this for them ~ BIG, BIG HIT, it was, too! The combo of those seeds really did a GREAT TASTING number on the roast, & it's something I want to repeat for my own dinner party another time! Really a wonderful recipe! [Made & reviewed while touring Eastern Europe during Zaar's World Tour 4]

Sydney Mike June 15, 2008

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