Have you wondered How to Cook Pork Loin in the Slow Cooker? It is so easy to do and creates a tender, flavorful piece of pork. This recipe uses a homemade rub with warm, rich spices. This is a recipe that your family will love!
HOW TO COOK PORK LOIN IN THE SLOW COOKER
You guys loved my post on How to Make Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker so I figured that you would also like to know How to Cook Pork Loin in the Slow Cooker.
You might be thinking that pork tenderloin and pork loin are the same thing.
They are actually two different cuts of pork and come from different parts of the animal. More on that later!
It is so easy to do and makes a nice, protein packed meal during the week that your family will love.
HOW TO COOK PORK LOIN IN THE CROCKPOT?
You will start by making a simple rub using warm, rich spices.
If you have a favorite at home you can use that. Rub the spice mixture on the pork loin and sear the pork to help develop the flavor.
This step isn’t necessary but I highly suggest it to help get those flavors developed. From here you cook the pork loin low and slow in a crock pot for about 8 hours.
I don’t know about you, but slow cooker meals are always top of my list!
This Simple Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker is always a hit in my house!
WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD PORK LOIN COOK TO?
When cooking pork tenderloin you want to see that blush of pink inside the pork or reach an internal temperature on your thermometer of 145 degrees F.
I know a lot of people still think that pork should be cooked until all of the pink is gone, but the FDA recommends a blush of pink as safe.
WHY SHOULD I SEAR THE PORK TENDERLOIN?
When it comes to pork or beef it helps develop the flavor of the meat when you sear it first in a large skillet until all sides are browned before putting it in the crockpot.
It is not something you have to do but I do think it really helps bring out the spices and flavor in the meat.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PORK LOIN AND A PORK TENDERLOIN?
Pork loin and pork tenderloin are two different cuts of pork and come from different parts of the animal.
They also look different- pork tenderloin is thinner and smaller than pork loin. Pork loin is wider and much bigger.
A pork loin can weigh up to 5 pounds while tenderloins are usually around 1 to 2 pounds.
Cooking a pork tenderloin in the crockpot will require less cook time than pork loin.
You might be wondering how long to cook pork loin in the crockpot or how long to cook pork tenderloin in the slow cooker?
When I make pork tenderloin in the slow cooker it usually is done cooking at about the 6 hour mark on low.
For pork loin it can take 8 to 10 hours on low depending on the size of the cut or pork.
MORE PORK RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
Mediterranean Baked Pork Tenderloin: Mediterranean Baked Pork Tenderloin is tender, juicy and full of flavors from the Mediterranean. Pork tenderloin is rubbed with a warm Mediterranean spice mixture and baked to perfection. This is an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love!
Easy Honey Garlic Pork Chops: Juicy honey garlic pork chops have carmalized edges and are on your table in under 15 minutes!
Five Ingredient Spicy Pork: If you are looking for a new way to make pork and spice up your weekly routine this dish is for you!
- One 3 1/2- to 4-pound pork loin, fat trimmed
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- Trim the fat from the pork loin.
- In a small bowl combine 1 Tablespoon olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, onion powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, salt and pepper.
- Use your hands or a brush to rub the mixture over the entire pork loin.
- OPTIONAL: In a large cast iron or non-stick skillet heat the other 1 Tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the pork loin on all sides.
- Transfer the pork loin into the slow cooker.
- Pour the broth into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. The pork should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. You want a slight blush of pink. Let sit for 3 minutes.
- Slice the pork and serve it with your favorite sides or you can use two forks to shred the pork and use for sandwiches, rice bowls or other dishes.
You can skip the step where you sear the pork in a skillet. It does help dvelop the flavor so I highly suggest doing it.
You can use your favorite rub for this recipe. You will see I created one with spices I enjoy but you can use anything you have on hand or come up with your own.
Thanks to Ohio Pork for sponsoring today’s post. As always, opinions are 100% my own. I am excited to be partnering with them this year to share more about pork and provide delicious, easy recipes for you to try!