Experience the remarkable taste of this Garlic Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast. It’s an effortless recipe that results in a juicy, fall-apart tender pork loin, and it’s bursting with flavor!
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Easy Crock Pot Pork Loin Recipe
Savor the incredible taste of our Crock Pot Pork Loin with a rich Garlic Balsamic glaze! This easy recipe ensures tender, juicy, and flavorful pork loin every time. Perfect for a family dinner or a dinner party, it’s an effortless dish that never fails to impress.
While Instant Pots and Air Fryers may be the talk of the town these days, there’s something undeniably comforting about using a trusty slow cooker. On hectic weekdays, preparing a succulent pork loin roast in the morning, setting it in the crock pot, and returning to a ready meal is unbeatable.
This slow cooker pork loin recipe is a perfect solution for a busy-day meal that never compromises on flavor. All it takes is some morning prep, and then you’re free to carry on with your day, knowing a mouth-watering meal awaits. Then, in a few hours, this delightful garlic balsamic pork loin roast, cooked to perfection in your slow cooker, is ready to impress at a dinner party or comfort your family at a weekday meal.
What Is Pork Loin?
It’s important to distinguish between a pork loin and a tenderloin – they’re different cuts of meat with variations in shape and size.
The pork loin is a versatile and flavorful cut of meat, typically lean and available bone-in or boneless. It’s excellent when seared and then slow-cooked in a crock pot. You might find it labeled as Center Cut Pork Roast, Center Cut Rib Roast, or Pork Loin Rib Half.
Why Choose Slow Cooker Pork Loin?
Cooking a pork loin in the slow cooker ensures an incredibly tender and juicy result. The crock pot cooks the pork loin evenly, resulting in a roast that falls apart at the touch of a fork.
Ingredients for Crock Pot Pork Roast
This straightforward recipe calls for a pork loin and an array of flavor-rich seasonings:
- Pork Loin
- Herbs, Spices, and Seasonings: salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, Italian seasoning
- Liquids: chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, olive oil
Cooking Pork Loin Roast in the Crock Pot
- Prep: Begin by patting your pork loin dry. Then, combine salt, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper, and apply this rub all over the pork.
- Sear: Heat olive oil in a skillet and sear the pork until golden brown. This step, while optional, forms a delicious brown crust on the roast’s surface.
- Cook: Place the pork loin in your slow cooker with the chicken broth. Blend olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a food processor and brush this mixture over the pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours.
- Rest and Serve: Remove the pork loin from the slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board. Cover the pork loin with foil and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Cooking Time for Slow Cooker Pork Loin
- The cooking time for your slow cooker pork loin will depend on the setting. LOW will take about 4 to 5 hours, and HIGH will take around 3 hours.
When Is Pork Loin Roast Cooked?
- Pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145˚F. You should use an Instant Read Meaet Thermometer to check for doneness. Simply insert it into the thickest part of the loin and wait for the read.
- Another indication that your pork loin is done when cooked in the crock pot is by the color of the juices that come out of it when you poke a hole in it with a knife or fork. If the juices run clear, the pork is done cooking.
How To Keep Pork From Drying Out
- Pork loin is a very lean cut of meat, and if cooked properly, it is juicy and tender, but when overcooked, it can become dry and tough. So, use a meat thermometer and make it right, m’kay? 😊
- It’s also recommended that you let pork rest on a cutting board for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing it. If you don’t let it rest, you’re going to lose all the juicy juice! 😳
What To Serve with Pork
- This garlic balsamic pork roast is so good with any roasted veggie. I like to serve it with these Roasted Green Beans, my Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli.
- It also pairs really well with potatoes: Roasted Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes are my faves. Mashed Cauliflower is another great pairing!
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Crock Pot Garlic Balsamic Pork Loin
- 3 pound boneless pork loin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika, sweet or smoked
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ⅓ cup chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 5 cloves garlic, smashed
- ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Pat dry the pork with paper towels.
- Combine salt, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Take the rub and sprinkle it all over the pork.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and set it over medium heat; add the pork and sear for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- In a blender or food processor, combine the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic; process until combined and thickened. Add Italian seasoning and whirl for just a couple of seconds to combine.
- Add chicken broth to the insert of your slow cooker. Place the pork loin, fat side up, in the slow cooker. Using a pastry brush, brush the prepared balsamic mixture all over the pork loin.
- Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours.
- Check for doneness by inserting an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat; pork is done when its internal temperature reaches 145˚F.
- Remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board; cover the pork with foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
- Pork Loin: We are using a pork loin, not a pork tenderloin, for this recipe. There is quite a difference between the two cuts, including cooking time.
- Seasonings: Use your favorite blend, or use what the recipe suggests.
- Avoid Overcooking: Pork loin is a very lean cut of meat, and if cooked properly, it is juicy and tender, but when overcooked, it can be dry and tough. Please use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer to check for doneness; pork is cooked through when the internal temperature registers at 145˚F.
- Let It Rest: Also, let the pork roast rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the pork loin, leading to a moister end result.
- Storing: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them for 3 days. To freeze, store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Pork leftovers can be used on sandwiches, or you can slice the pork into strips and put it in tacos or fajitas!
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.