The sauce for the sticky maple pork with apples was definitely on point, but, as it turns out, the real clincher was that I had used “pork for pork stew” instead of chopped pork loin, which made it tough as heck and almost impossible to eat — although my boyfriend happily packed it away for the next day’s lunch, declaring, “awesome!”
Cook the pork in pan in oil for about 5 minutes, then set it aside.
Toss the sliced apples in and cook those for about 5 minutes, too.
Mix all of the other ingredients together and pour it over the apples, then add the pork and simmer it all for — you guessed it — around 5 minutes.
If you want to add mustard into the mixture or onto the side, do that with a couple of minutes left.