Slow cooker meals are my go-to dishes during busy and really hectic days. I always rely on my trusty crock pot or cooker whenever I have friends coming over for dinner or the kids will be coming from a long day in school. And while there are people who think that a slow cooker is just for big occasions or prepping fancy meals, I like to think that this kitchen wonder can also be used on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, I use it to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts!
One of the most popular ingredients that I like to make in my crock pot is pork tenderloin. It is a great “canvas” that take on different flavors – from the mild and robust – and will still retain its meaty goodness. There are so many pork loin crock pot recipes that you can choose from. But since I love simple yet worry-free and tasty dishes, I always go for recipes that do not need a lot of ingredients. And if you feel the same way, I have just the right recipe for you.
Of course, before you try this dish, it is important that you know how to properly make use of your crock pot.
5 Tips on How to Nail Your Pork Loin Crock Pot Recipes
Whether you are planning to cook meat, vegetables or make sweet desserts, it wouldn’t hurt if you consider these 5 tips first before getting started:
Use the Right Crock Pot Size.Running out of food, especially during parties and family dinners can certainly be a total disappointment and mood-killer. And because you do not want your loved ones to feel deprived and unsatisfied, you better use the right size of crock pot. I have a 6-quart cooker and it has never failed me. I made sure that I have enough to eat and the amount of food that I plan to cook fits perfectly as well.
Use the Right Amount of Food.Planning your meals is important, this is why you have to make sure that you make just enough to not overfill the cooker. And over-filled slow cooker tends to boil over and create a large mess on your kitchen counter. Also, always keep the lid on!
Cook Low and Slow.Unfortunately, we have been guilty of cranking up the temperature to high because we are in hurry to finish cooking. But if you plan your meals ahead of time, you may want to double up the cooking time and cook the dish on low. Low and slow crock pot cooking will help the flavors to develop more even if you are using few ingredients.
Leave the crock pot alone!Stop yourself from opening the lid and mixing the dish often. Crock pots offer a worry-free type of cooking, so it is best to mix everything before you start cooking, put the lid on, set the timer and temperature, and walk away. This will make sure that your dish is always cooked perfectly – just the way you want it.
Less Liquid is Better.Unless you are going for a really runny soup, by all means add more water or stock. But for stews and other types of crock pot recipes, you may want to go a little easy on the liquid. Crock pots do not have large vents to allow the steam to evaporate for the liquid to reduce faster.
Amazing 7-Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Loin
I am a huge fan of the saying “Less is more.” This is why this pork loin crock pot recipe works really well for me. And trust me, the ingredients are far from being shy or timid when it comes to their flavors. This dish, a simple and easy as it seems, definitely packs a tasty punch!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 to 6 hours
- Servings: 6 to 8
- 1 (2-lb.) pork tenderloin, trimmed.
- 1 cup of water.
- ¾ cup of red wine.
- 3 tbsp. of soy sauce.
- 3 tbsp. of finely chopped garlic.
- 1 (1 oz.) pack of dry onion soup mix.
- ¼ tsp of ground black pepper.
Step 1: Pour the water, red wine, soy sauce, dry onion soup mix and ground black pepper in the crock pot and mix well.
Step 2: Place the tenderloin inside the pot and flip on each side for a few times. This will make sure that the pork is completely coated in the sauce mixture.
Step 3: Sprinkle the minced garlic on top and cover the pot.
Step 4: Cook for at least 4 hours or as long as 6 hours on low, depending on the doneness or cook of meat that you want.
Step 5: When cooked, remove from the pot, let the meat rest for a few minutes by covering the meat in foil. Slice the rested meat into medallions and serve with the cooking liquid as au jus.
- Calories: 180
- Fat: 3.7 grams
- Saturated Fat: 1.2 grams
- Carbs: 5.8 grams
- Protein: 24.5 grams
- Cholesterol: 65 mg
Let’s Make Your Pork Loin!
There are so many recipes that you can make in your crock pot using any type of meat that you want. But this recipe, by far, is my favorite. It doesn’t take much of my time to prepare – all I have to do is to mix all the ingredients, set the temperature and go on with my other duties for the day. It is also a lot cheaper compared to other meaty dishes, not to mention that it is healthier as well.
Aside from all these, this recipe proves that you do not need any complicated and loaded recipes to create delicious meals for you and your family!