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.
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.
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.
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Slow Cooker Pork Loin
- 3 lb pork loin, cut little slits all around the pork
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ 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
- 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.
- Heat oil in a large skillet until very hot. Brown pork loin on all 4 sides, a few minutes per side.
- 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.)
- When finished, baste pork loin and transfer the pork to a plate and keep warm.
- 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.
- Serve warm roast with gravy.
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