Slow Cooker Pork Loin and Sweet Root Vegetables


It has most certainly been awhile! You must be under the impression that I’ve been surviving on take out and peanut butter sandwiches!  No worries…things haven’t been that bad. School is a bit busy (aka overwhelming), so it has been a lot of slow cooker meals for us. Who ever created the crock pot, I thank you. I appreciate the lack of mess every evening and the fact that dinner is taken care of each morning before I walk out the door. This particular crock pot creation was a home run. Simple and delicious, what can be better?

IMG_2339The Ingredients:

  • 1 pork loin (whatever size feeds your family best, the one I cooked was about 1.5 pounds); allow it to take the chill from the refrigerator off while preparing the rest of the recipe
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2-3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large or 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (and whatever else may sound good in your refrigerator, diced potatoes would also be fantastic!)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or pineapple juice
  • For the dry rub: 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper 

How to:

  • Preheat a large pan over medium heat
  • Rinse pork loin and pat dry
  • Coat roast with a small amount of olive oil and liberally rub spice mix over the roast
  • Add roast to pan and allow roast to caramelize/brown on all sides (this adds excellent flavor)
  • While roast browns, line bottom of crockpot with veggies
  • Transfer roast to crockpot and allow to cook on low 6-8 hours (or alternatively on high until roast reaches minimum temperature of 145 degrees, I cook mine until it falls apart)
  • Serve with your favorite accompaniments and spoon sauce over roast

Leftovers (if there are any!) make excellent sandwiches incase you are looking for a meal that can make not only dinner easy, but lunch the next day! Enjoy! I have a break coming up and hope to post some new recipes soon!


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