Slow Cooker Pork Loin and Sweet Root Vegetables

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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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