This Slow Cooker Pork Loin is perfect for those busy weeknights. Just toss all the goodness into your slow cooker and let it go!
Last week was a hectic week: loads of driving, tightly scheduled appointments, and the normal craze of the kids’ school and sports activities.
I remembered the beautiful pork loin I had saved in my freezer. I needed something seriously manageable. Easy was the magic dinner word for me all last week. On top of being fuss-free, it has to be big on flavor. I thought about my favorite Smoky Pulled Pork in the crock pot. But I didn’t have the hamburger buns, and needed to find a recipe that worked with what I had in my pantry.
I did a happy dance upon finding Trisha Yearwood’s slow-cooker pork loin; I had every single ingredient already in my pantry. I am a huge fan of Ms. Yearwood. That woman can sing. She’s gotta be able to cook…
This slow cooker pork loin turned out tender, flavorful, and was SO easy! It took less than 30 minutes to throw everything into my crock pot at night, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and turn it on low the next day.
The flavors of garlic and thyme are fabulous in this slow cooker pork loin. The gravy is aromatic and richly flavorful. My family was slurping up the gravy, with its mouthwatering, savory flavors.
My pork loin seemed perfectly done at about 7-8 hours on low setting. When I cooked some of it longer than that, testing the results, it became a bit over cooked. Just check your slow cooker at about 7 hours, to see if it’s fork tender…once fork tender, it’s ready to go! (A tenderloin may be cooked on low for 4 hours.)
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!
- 3 lb pork loin, trimmed and 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 soy sauce
- 3 TB cornstarch, 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.
- Heat oil in a large skillet until very hot. Brown pork loin on all sides.
- 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.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Becki’s Whole Life, via Trisha Yearwood
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