Flavor Explosion: Pork Stewed in Red Wine Recipe

Ah, the wonders of slow-cooked pork stew – it’s a dish that has been enjoyed by families for generations. The aroma of the rich flavors filling the house is enough to whet anyone’s appetite. Not to mention, it’s a meal that is easy to prepare when you’re short on time, but still want something satisfyingly delicious.

Today, I’d like to share with you my recipe for pork stewed in wine, cooked in a crock pot. This recipe is perfect for those who love pork and wine, as it satisfies both cravings in one mouth-watering dish. By slow-cooking pork in a dry white wine and adding diced vegetables and seasonings, the flavors become more pronounced and intense.

Using a crock pot allows you to go about your day while dinner cooks itself. By dinner time, your home will smell like an authentic restaurant with this delicious meal waiting for you. You don’t have to be a professional chef to make a perfect dish every time; this dish allows even beginners to produce a great-tasting meal with minimal effort.

So put on your aprons and get ready to enjoy this mouth-watering pork stewed in wine recipe that is sure to impress even the toughest gourmet critic.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pork Stewed in Wine (Crock Pot)
Pork Stewed in Wine (Crock Pot)

Are you tired of making the same old pork stew recipe? Do you want to add some excitement to your mealtime? If yes, then this recipe is just for you! I guarantee you’ll love this delicious pork stew slow-cooked in dry white wine that will melt in your mouth.

What makes this recipe so special, you may ask? Well, for one thing, it’s made in a crockpot. That means there’s no need for stirring or monitoring the food; all you need to do is add the recipe ingredients and let the slow cooker do its magic!

This wine stew includes perfectly trimmed cut 2-inch chunks of boneless pork shoulder seasoned with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic cloves, and rosemary leaves. The meat is browned to perfection with green bell peppers and onions before being placed into the crockpot with chopped tomatoes, carrots, dry white wine and simmered for hours until tender.

The magic of this recipe too is that its cooking method is perfect for less expensive or bargain bin cuts of pork that require slow stewing to break down connective tissue and yield juicy meat.

Not only is this dish flavorful and succulent, but it’s also quite versatile. You can easily customize it with different variations or substitutions like adding red wine or changing up the vegetables used for your pork slow cooker. The possibilities are endless!

In conclusion, this easy crockpot dish will not only be loved by you but also by your family or guests. With its sumptuous flavors and easy preparation method,you’re sure to love it! So why not give it a try today?

Ingredient List

 A warm and hearty dish for chilly evenings
A warm and hearty dish for chilly evenings

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this delicious pork stew recipe:

  • 2 pounds of pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) of chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • Additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning

You can find most ingredients in your local grocery store, but look for a bargain bin for the wine, as you only need one cup. Also, make sure to use boneless pork shoulder in this recipe, as it has enough connective tissue to keep the meat moist during cooking.

The Recipe How-To

 Let the crock pot do all the work while you relax
Let the crock pot do all the work while you relax

Now, let’s get straight to the recipe! Here’s how to make a delicious pork stew with wine using your beloved slow cooker.


  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) chopped tomatoes
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Start by browning the pork. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the meat in 2 batches with 1 tablespoon of olive oil per batch until it is browned on all sides. This will take roughly 6 minutes per batch – you want the meat to be seared, but not cooked through.

  2. Next, season the meat with salt and pepper as soon as it comes out of the skillet.

  3. Transfer the pork to your slow cooker insert and add in all remaining ingredients: chopped tomatoes, green bell peppers, carrots, garlic cloves, rosemary, and white wine.

  4. Stir everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the pot.

  5. Cover and cook on LOW for at least 7 hours, or until the pork is very tender and falls apart easily when pierced with a fork.

  6. When done, you can use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl or platter. If desired, you can thicken up the sauce either on your stovetop or in your crockpot by adding a slurry of cornstarch (which will require cooking) or arrowroot powder (which will thicken without cooking).

  7. Serve and enjoy! This crock pot pork stew pairs very well with crusty bread, a side salad, or even some roasted potatoes. You can also choose to pair it with another hearty red wine or stick with the flavor profile of white wine, whatever fits your taste buds.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect combination of wine and pork
The perfect combination of wine and pork

If you want to experiment with different ingredients or prefer to avoid certain ones, there are several substitutions and variations you can try with this recipe.

– Meat Options: This recipe works well with various types of pork meat, such as pork shoulder or boneless pork loin. However, if you prefer beef, you can substitute the pork with beef chuck or beef short ribs, cooking it slow for tender and juicy meat.

– Wine Options: Although the recipe calls for a dry white wine or red wine, you can use any type of wine that suits your taste preference. For a more pronounced wine flavor, use a bold red wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you prefer a lighter taste, use a dry rosé or a fruity white wine like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

– Vegetable Options: You can add a variety of vegetables to this dish to enhance its nutritious value and flavors. Try adding sliced mushrooms, sweet potatoes, or parsnips for natural sweetness and depth of flavor. If you prefer spice, add chopped jalapeño peppers or red pepper flakes.

– Herb Options: The recipe calls for rosemary and garlic cloves but there are other herbs that you can include in the recipe like thyme or sage. Don’t be afraid mix together herbs and spices as they will give the dish more complexity.

– Cooking Appliances: This recipe can be made on either slow cooker or crockpot. The slow cooked method works best on weekends when you have ample free time while using a pressure cooker is perfect for weekdays when you don’t have much time to cook.

Whether you’re looking to make dietary substitutions or trying to spruce up the flavor, these substitution options offer endless possibilities that allow you to make this recipe your own creation.

Serving and Pairing

 A savory delight for meat lovers
A savory delight for meat lovers

One of the best things about this delicious pork stew recipe is how versatile it is. Whether you prefer white wine or red wine, there are many options for perfect pairings that will complement the flavors of this dish.

For fans of white wine, I recommend serving this pork stew with a dry white wine, such as a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. The bright acidity and crispness of these wines will cut through the richness of the cooked pork and perfectly complement the earthy flavors of rosemary, garlic, and tomatoes.

On the other hand, fans of red wine should consider pairing this pork stew with a rich, full-bodied wine such as a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Pinot Noir. These wines have tasting notes of ripe dark fruit like black cherries and blackberries that can bring out the sweetness of the cooked carrots, bell peppers and pork.

One pairing option that would make an excellent choice is to serve this dish with crusty bread on the side. Its crunchy texture and hearty flavor can handle up to any juices left in your bowl or you may dip it in a bite-sized piece like fondues.

In summary, when preparing my Pork Stew in Wine (crock pot) recipe, think ahead and choose your perfect pairing of either white or red wine to enhance your meal’s taste buds. You may also enjoy serving crispy bread on the side which adds excellent texture to each bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A simple yet flavorful meal for the whole family
A simple yet flavorful meal for the whole family

One of the best aspects of this pork stew recipe is its make-ahead feature. You can cook the stew entirely, let it cool down to room temperature, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Alternatively, you can freeze stew leftovers in individual portions or large batches and reheat them for later meals.

When reheating the stew, use a microwave or a stove-top over medium heat until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Adding a splash of red wine or broth while reheating will help refresh the flavors and maintain the stew’s consistency.

For best results, I recommend storing the meat and liquid separately. The connective tissues in the pork shoulder are still present even after cooking for hours, so the broth will thicken and gelatinize as it cools down. When reheating, add some water or broth to thin it out if needed.

You can also freeze these stew leftovers for up to two months in freezer-safe containers or bags. Frozen stew should be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

The Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating stage might seem like an afterthought but knowing how to preserve the flavor of the dish can be a game-changer, allowing you to relish this delectable Pork Stewed in Wine recipe at your convenience.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Slow cooking for maximum tenderness and taste
Slow cooking for maximum tenderness and taste

Achieving the perfect pork stew requires a little bit of patience and attention to detail. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your crock pot pork stew recipe.

First and foremost, make sure to choose high-quality meat. Pork shoulder is the best cut for stew as it has enough fat content and connective tissue that will break down in the slow cooker resulting in tender and juicy meat. Furthermore, trim off any excess fat from the meat to ensure that the stew does not become too greasy.

When browning the pork prior to adding it to the slow cooker, take care not to overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding will lead to steaming instead of browning, which could give your stew an unappetizing pale color. Brown the meat in small batches, so that each piece gets a nice golden crust.

Another important tip is to layer your ingredients properly in the slow cooker. First, add a layer of vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and chopped tomatoes at the bottom of the pot. Then, arrange the browned pork on top of the vegetables followed by another layer of veggies on top. This way, you’ll ensure that each bite of stew contains a mix of pork and veggies.

Be mindful when adding liquid to your crock pot pork stew. It’s tempting to overload on liquid as you’re concerned about your ingredients drying up during cooking. However, remember that during slow cooking, all ingredients will release their own juices creating enough liquid in your dish. You also want your stew just moist enough as opposed to being drowned in liquid.

Lastly, allow ample cooking time for maximum tenderness and flavor development. A good rule of thumb is to set your crock pot to low heat for about 6-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Resist opening the lid unnecessarily – this will prolong cooking time and may lead to dry meat.

By following these tips, you will be able to create a delicious and perfectly tender pork stew every time.


So you’ve got all the ingredients ready and you’re feeling confident about making this delicious pork stew recipe. But before you dive right in, take a moment to read through some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish! These questions cover everything from cooking times to ingredient substitutions, so you’ll be well-prepared to tackle any challenges that might come your way.

Does the pork roast need to be covered in liquid in crock pot?

While it’s possible to skip adding liquid to a slow cooker when making pulled pork because the pork itself releases moisture, it’s still advisable to include some type of liquid to ensure that the meat does not dry out during the cooking process.

Why is my pork rubbery in slow cooker?

Cooking connective tissue thoroughly is crucial for achieving tender and succulent meat. In fact, if it’s not cooked properly, it can turn out chewy and tough. Patience is key as the connective tissue must gradually dissolve and disintegrate into the meat fibers until it reaches a stage where the meat is so tender that it falls apart effortlessly.

Does pork get more tender the longer you cook it in crock pot?

The preferred method of slow cooking meat has a scientific explanation behind it. This process allows the melting of collagen, which is a type of protein found in meat that is responsible for the texture and tenderness of the meat. As collagen melts, it transforms into a luscious liquid called gelatin. This gelatin infusion imbues the meat with a host of flavorful compounds and a smooth, delicate texture.

Do I need to brown a pork roast before putting it in a crock pot?

According to my expertise, browning or caramelizing the meat prior to adding it into the slow cooker is not a compulsory step, but it does bring out the best in the final outcome of the dish. Incorporating this method will enrich the flavor and give a deep shade to the meat that will enhance the overall appearance of the preparation.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this pork stew in wine recipe is a delicious and easy crock pot dish that should be a staple in everyone’s cooking repertoire. With its tender pork cuts, delectable tomato and bell pepper sauce, and the flavorful blend of herbs and spices like rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper, this meal is sure to satisfy your cravings and impress your guests.

Moreover, you can easily customize this recipe by substituting some of the ingredients with variations of your choice. Pair it with some crusty bread or a side salad, and you have yourself a complete and nutritious meal that is perfect for any occasion.

Finally, storing and reheating this dish is also trouble-free. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze it for future use. With its endless possibilities and variations, this dish is an excellent way to experiment with different ingredients while still making a healthy, family-friendly meal.

So head to your nearest grocery store or spice rack and gather all the necessary ingredients to make this delicious pork stew in wine. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Pork Stewed in Wine (Crock Pot)

Pork Stewed in Wine (Crock Pot) Recipe

From the Unwatched Pot. Maiale affogato or Italian for "drowned pork" Don't use "petite" diced tomatoes, it will be too watery. Use whole tomatoes.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Calories 592.6 kcal


  • 3 lbs pork, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 green bell peppers, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 16 ounces chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine


  • Heat oil in skillet and saute garlic. Add meat and brown lightly.
  • Place vegetables in crock pot. Add meat and seasonings. Pour in wine.
  • Cook on low 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours.

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Serving: 329gCalories: 592.6kcalCarbohydrates: 10.1gProtein: 67.9gFat: 26.7gSaturated Fat: 8.4gCholesterol: 194.9mgSodium: 744mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 5.2g
Keyword Easy, Meat, Pork
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