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Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy

This Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy is perfect for those busy work days.  Put everything into your slow cooker and let the flavors happen. The gravy is incredible.

Pork Loin with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes Slow Cooker
This Pork Loin and Gravy is delicious with potatoes, rice, or buttered noodles

Tender, Flavorful Slow Cooker Pork Loin

We all have those busy work weeks. Whether it’s time on the road, tightly scheduled meetings, or kids’ activities…it’s common to find ourselves with the what’s-for-dinner conundrum.

When you need dinners that are manageable and able to be prepped ahead of time, slow cooker meals are hard to beat. Sometimes a delicious Beef Pot Roast with Gravy hits the spot. If chicken is what’s in the fridge, Slow Cooker Roast Chicken is here to save the day.

And when you find that pork loin on sale at the store (or in the back of your freezer) do yourself a huge favor and make this Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy. It’s everything you’d want in a family meal: it’s easy, outstanding in flavor, and set-it-forget-it Crockpot style.  

Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
Tender, Flavorful Pork Loin with Gravy

Your Strategy For Prepping ahead

This slow cooker pork loin is guaranteed to turn out tender, flavorful, and produces a gravy so good, you’ll want to pour it over everything on the plate.  

If your pork loin is frozen, be sure to defrost it a few days ahead of time by placing it (airtight) in fridge. Because pork loin is generally a thicker roast, it takes time to defrost thoroughly.

Make the dry rub mixture ahead of time; garlic powder, ground ginger, onion powder, dried thyme, salt, and pepper are your basic pantry seasonings for this dish. Simply combine the seasonings ahead of time; keep in an airtight container or baggie until ready to use. This can be done days ahead.

It takes less than 30 minutes to throw everything into the Crock pot the night before, put it in the fridge overnight, and let it cook on low setting the next day while you’re at work or taking care of all the other things.

Because one roast can feed 8-10 hungry people, this works as a great meal prep recipe that can be prepared ahead of time and can feed the family two nights in a row. Busy moms (and dads) know leftovers are a very good thing.

Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
Pork Loin is fork tender after 7 hours in the slow cooker

Low for 7 hours

The flavors of garlic and thyme are fabulous in this slow cooker pork loin. The gravy is aromatic and richly flavorful. Your eaters will be slurping up the gravy on their plates.

Pork loin should be nice and tender with 7-8 hours on low setting.  Anything longer than that will likely result in overcooking.  Just to be safe, time it so that you can check the results in 7 hours, to see if the pork is fork tender…if so, remove pork from heat (keep in mind pork will continue to cook a bit as it rests on cutting board.) All that’s left is to thicken up that gravy a bit, slice the pork, and serve it generously drenched with sauce.

Favorite side dishes to serve with this pork loin are Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot Baby Potatoes, or Wild Rice Pilaf. You cannot go wrong with any of these choices.

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Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Pork Loin

4.9 from 12 reviews

This slow cooker pork loin is fork-tender, flavorful, and has the best gravy! You can also use the smaller tenderloin cut, but be sure to lessen cook time to about 4 hours instead of 7. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies, drizzled with this gravy!

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes

Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 lb pork loin, cut little slits all around the pork
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 TB vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 2 TB regular strength soy sauce
  • 3 TB cornstarch, completely dissolved in 3 TB water*
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, ground ginger, onion powder, salt, thyme, and pepper, whisking to combine. Rub seasoning all over the entire surface of pork loin. Do not trim pork loin, as it needs a bit of fat for a tender result.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet until very hot. Brown pork loin on all 4 sides, a few minutes per side.
  3. Transfer pork loin to slow cooker. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Pour over the pork. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. (If using tenderloins, reduce cook time to about 4 hours.)
  4. When finished, baste pork loin and transfer the pork to a plate and keep warm.
  5. Pour all the liquid from the slow cooker into a sauce pan. Add dissolved corn starch. Stir well. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce turns thick and gravy-like. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  6. Serve warm roast with gravy.

Notes

It’s important that cornstarch is fully dissolved in water prior to using in recipe. There should be no white spots or streaks that remain. It should have somewhat of a “chocolate milk” appearance (even miniature cornstarch bits that aren’t fully dissolved will result in a lumpy gravy, which you don’t want.)

This recipe is written for pork loins. If you’re using the smaller cuts of pork tenderloins, be sure to reduce cook time as specified. 

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 422
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 807.6 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 36.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 111.7 mg
  • Category: dinner, main
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy, Crockpot Pork Loin

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88 comments

    • Brooke

    Super yummy and easy to make. Reminded me of my Mom’s Sunday dinner. Will definitely add to rotation.

      • Amy Dong

      It’s definitely a Sunday dinner type of meal here, too 🙂

    • Yuliya

    So good! Made this with two smaller pork loin fillets and it was perfect. With a side of buttered noodles.

      • Amy Dong

      Awesome, Yuliya!

    • Jacqueline

    This is one of the best pork roast recipes I’ve found yet! Looking to make a list of the easiest + best tasting crock pot meals for after my second is born, and this has made the cut! So tender. Double the recipe, and my family will be set for 3-4 days, including husband’s work lunches. Thank you for sharing!

    • Debbie B.

    My favorite go to recipe for pork loin – no fuss, easy, and delicious – what more could you ask for?!! For those who think it’s salty, be sure to use no salt added broth and cut back or eliminate adding salt. The broth/gravy is delicious – sometimes we don’t thicken into gravy and just pour the juices over the pork and mashed potatoes. This time I’m making a larger pork loin because we love the leftovers!

    • Susan

    Hello,

    Getting ready to make this today. Why do the ingredients say 3 lb pork loin Trimmed when the instructions say do not trim pork loin.
    Do you trim the loin?

    Thanks!

      • Amy Dong

      Ahh, yes – no need to trim the pork. Thank you!

    • Ange Fergtown

    This was fabulous! So tender and flavorful! And the instructions were very easy to follow- thanks so much.

    • Sarina Kowall

    Can I put my veggies in the crockpot with the pork loin?

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